xp mode for win 7 Pro

February 16, 2011 at 11:30:58
Specs: Windows 7
From what I can find out win 7 XP mode will allow you to run XP 64 bit programs.
Seeing 95% of XP programs are 32 bit you are out of luck.
This is the boat I am in.
I now wish I had purchased win 7 32 bit pro.
then I could have used my programs even with less memory.
64 bit has been out for some time, but there is little 3rd. party software for it.

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February 16, 2011 at 12:10:05

That's not true, it will run a lot of 32 bit apps. Do some more research.

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February 16, 2011 at 12:47:23
So far it has not run any of them
I always run the install and get that it is not compatible.
the ones it does run were compiled for windows, but there was no set bit pattern.

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February 16, 2011 at 12:49:21
To expand on the above reply, Windows 7 x64 should run most all your 32 bit software. The issue with 64 is the lack of drivers. Especially for older hardware and game gear. My understanding is that is getting better.

You can only run WinXP 32 bit in the virtual mode no matter if your qualifying version of Windows 7 is 32 bit or 64 bit. Look at the link below at the last FAQ.


Additionally, Windows 7 64 bit doesn't require any more RAM than the 32 bit version. What is different is that the 64 bit version can utilize more than 4GB of RAM. This is only advantageous if you have software that is memory intense.

If you do have 64 bit programs then you should buy the 64 bit version of Windows 7.

If you are having issues with older software you can also install it in a Windows compatibility mode. Look at the second link below.

Hope this clears things up for you.


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February 16, 2011 at 14:20:04
Another issue with 32 bit applications on a 64 bit OS is that some of these applications use a 16 bit installer. 64 bit systems do not support 16 bit code. If Windows detects that the app is using one of several supported 16 bit installers it will substitute a 32 bit installer. Otherwise you are out of luck.

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February 16, 2011 at 15:46:20
You may have 32 bit already. See your owners manual.

To get back to your issue, why not tell us what program you are trying to install?

Yes, XP mode on Windows 7 is a free virtual machine and the associated Windows XP install. The way it presents to the user is only slightly different than Virtual PC. Once xp mode is installed you would be able to run any program that xp did run. You do have to learn how to install programs to the xp mode however.

If you believe Microsoft 64 bit does use more ram. It does have a longer word length and each word uses more.

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February 16, 2011 at 19:19:43
"It does have a longer word length and each word uses more".

That is nonsense.

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February 17, 2011 at 08:01:31
I have win 7 64bit.
an i7 - 860 system
I have stopped trying. What doesn'y run on the win 7 I have on my xp pro laptop, I switch between them.
You were right they were 16bit loaders.
I will wait till they produce a compatible mode or just get along without them

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February 17, 2011 at 09:33:55
When I first started using Windows 7 I had similar issues. There is a learning curve but you should be able to get your old programs to run in a Windows compatibility mode. That is not the same thing as running WinXP in a virtual mode.

Go to control panel> action center. In the lower left corner find the Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter. Follow the prompts and choose what version of Windows you previously ran the program under.

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