Solved Run W95 program on W7 machine

September 2, 2014 at 10:31:28
Specs: Windows 7, 4 gig
I'd like to run a W95 CD on my W7 machine. Compatibility requires Activexd 5, which I can't seem to download.

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#1
September 2, 2014 at 11:00:24
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If you mean you want to install Win95 after Win7, there's significant problems involved...especially the issue of drivers and unsupported hardware (plus you may bork your Win7 install). If not, then it's probably better to run the program in compatibility mode, or inside a VM:

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/1043...

http://www.howtogeek.com/56158/begi...

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#2
September 2, 2014 at 11:18:19
Thanks for your reply. I am well aware of running a w95 OS on a W7 machine and all its problems. The compatibility mode does not work due to an ActiveX 5 problem. W7 does not seem to like ActiveX 5, There must some other solution since there are a ton of old programs out there. The program at issue is one that TD Ameritrade put out to train you in how to trade options. It was really god. I lost it for years and just found it in a general cleanup. They no longer support the program. It's Darwin Survival of the Fittest and is 'The ultimate options trading game. I can read the CD, but it won't run.

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#3
September 2, 2014 at 11:37:45
Have you used a Virtual Machine before? It sounds as if it may be your best option...

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#4
September 2, 2014 at 12:14:34
No, I haven't. My problem is that the program wants to run only on W95. Loading that OS on a newer machine has giant problems with drivers that no longer work or are unavailable. One solution would be to find an ancient W95 machine, but they have long been junked. Thanks for your reply, however.

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#5
September 2, 2014 at 13:31:33
Charlie, a virtual machine is software you install on your computer which lets you swap between operating systems.

VMware would be my choice and running windows 95 on a windows 7 machine is discussed here:

http://www.sevenforums.com/virtuali...

Edit: VMware is free for home use

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#6
September 2, 2014 at 13:43:37
Thanks for your suggestion. I checked it out but at $545 it isn't worth it for what I want to do. I'm trying to learn the ins and outs of option trading. I've been trading stocks and bonds for over 5 decades, but never options. The course they sent me was cute and informative, but I didn't use the guide at the time but would like to now. I've purchased several books on the subject, but the CD allowed you to do play trades complete with financial events. I'll keep trying.

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#7
September 2, 2014 at 14:04:34
Sorry, I missed something. What is the 545 dollars for?

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#8
September 2, 2014 at 14:14:06
Edit: oops double post

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#9
September 2, 2014 at 14:17:14
VMware free (freeware) hosted by filehippo:

http://filehippo.com/en/download_vm...

Download latest version, green button at the top right of the page.


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#10
September 2, 2014 at 15:56:42
Also perhaps check the freebie M$ Virtual PC as that may allow you to run win-95 that way.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/down...


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#11
September 2, 2014 at 16:33:35
Thanks for your reply. I downloaded both 32 & 54 bit versions, I have 32 bit system. Neither of them would work. I received a message the update was not applicable to my computer. Tried the other and received the same error message. I'm runnint Wiindows 7 Ultimate and have all the latest MS updates.

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#12
September 2, 2014 at 17:15:04
I was impatient. It does run in compatibility mode after I waited for the files to load. It didn't like the ActiveS, but it did load and does run.
Now to learn what it teaches.

Thanks a million. I've been doing comoputers for years but never knew about the compatibility mode.


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#13
September 2, 2014 at 17:43:25
Excellent Charlie.

Thanks for following up.


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#14
September 2, 2014 at 21:59:56
Glad it appears to be working. My suggestion would have been to scrounge through thrift shops and garage sales for an old PC capable of running 95 or 98 (your software will probably run on 98 also). That always seemed the simpliest solution to me when problems with old software on new computers was discussed.

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#15
September 3, 2014 at 04:34:50
Hi Dave - Your comment is well received. However, I have 4 computers, all running W7 at the moment and another is just too much. Your suggestion was my first thought, but finding one was a problem. The CD will not run on W98. I tried to get TD Ameritrade to update their program, but the

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#16
September 3, 2014 at 20:36:46
Yeah the oldies are getting harder and harder to find. Someone I know likes to shop garage sales and he brings me whatever computer stuff he picks up. It's been quite awhile since he's brought over anything older than a P-3.

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