Loading legacy software under Windows 7

Avanquest Autosave essentials,full versi...
September 22, 2010 at 15:29:00
Specs: Windows 7
After the initial shock of realising that I could not load all my old programs, I got stuck in and have successfully installed:-
All MS Office
GIB - Bridge player program
Quicken 2000
LotusSmartSuite 97
My HP 7310 printer
TomTom 920
Belkin Sentry Bulldog
Snooper S2

If I couldn't manage myself the software company was able to provide assistance with a new driver or other fixes - EXCEPT :-

AVANQUEST with their Perfect Image II backup software. They refused any assistance whatsoever, but suggested that I buy the latest version - and they could give me 30% off. Big deal. I have no intention of paying ransom money and will never ever buy software from them again. What a great PR job! Future prospective clients be warned.

However, before I splash out on alternative backup software, can anyone suggest how to get this stuff to work?

Would really appreciate some help - and/or suggestions for an alternative.



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September 22, 2010 at 15:34:43

Read this. Win 7 does have an xp compatibility mode.

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September 22, 2010 at 15:35:07
Sorry, I forgot to add
Norton Symantec 360
Mozilla Firefox

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September 22, 2010 at 15:42:23
If you have Win7 Business, Win7 Ultimate or Win7 Enterprise editions, you can easily install and run all the legacy XP software in XP virtual machine.


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September 22, 2010 at 19:08:39
you could just use win 7's own backup and disk image utility which is free, built in and works perfectly.
as for norton, just use Ms security essentials, also free and very small and very good.
firefox and itunes also runs fine on win 7..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....

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September 24, 2010 at 03:10:17
Thanks for the responses.
1. I have tried the Win 7 XP compatibility thing, but without success.
2. My version of Win 7 is for Home users.
3 I am currently using the Win 7 backup. The main reason for trying to get the Avanquest software going is to see whether I can retrieve the backups it made before the crash of my previous computer.

I suspect even a low customer aware company like Avanquest would have told me if there was some way to reinstate the program after all my badgering. On the other hand ................

So if there are any other suggestions I am only too willing to keep trying.


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