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#1 Bill_in_Texas

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 08:43 AM

Will this allow for using a 32 bit program that I can't get to work in the 64 bit environment?



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:38 AM

It depends, which programs you are having problems?

 

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Posted 28 November 2013 - 11:02 AM

Do you mean XP mode?

 

The problem with 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems occurs with drivers.  Most XP 32-bit programs in XP mode will work with Windows 7 64-bit.

 

Worth reading.

 

Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

 

Understanding hardware and software for 64-bit versions of Windows


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Posted 28 November 2013 - 09:40 PM

I use a residential design software that I outright own my older version and would like to install it.  The last time I attempted to install in Win 7 it wouldn't work.  

 

dc thanks, I'll give them a read and yes I did mean mode. 


Edited by hamluis, 29 November 2013 - 07:28 PM.
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Posted 29 November 2013 - 07:14 PM

If dc3's suggestions don't work out for you, and if you have an installable copy of XP lying around, then I can suggest setting up a virtual machine to run this software on. I used the free version from VMWare to try this and, for some truly ancient electronic design software, it worked very well.

 

At its simplest, you load the VMWare software into Win 7 where it appears as just another application. When you open it, you install XP into the virtual machine, and then you install your software into XP. It is not dual boot, you don't need to change your partitions, and to run it all you do is click on the VM icon in the usual manner, when it opens you select the operating system you want to use (you can have more than one !), and then, when that opens, run your design software.

 

I had 16 bit software designed for Windows 3.x running in 32 bit XP, running on a 64 bit Win 7 machine, and it ran very well !

 

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Posted 29 November 2013 - 07:36 PM

Thank you for that information Chris.  I will search and hold on to the link for the VMWare in case I need it.  I would think running it that way would be safer than a dual boot once XP support is discontinued.



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Posted 01 December 2013 - 07:37 AM

Do you mean XP mode?

 

The problem with 64-bit and 32-bit operating systems occurs with drivers.  Most XP 32-bit programs in XP mode will work with Windows 7 64-bit.

 

Worth reading.

 

Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7

 

Understanding hardware and software for 64-bit versions of Windows

dc thanks for the links.  They made for good reading and information.  I think I'm going to try to install the one program I've had problems with before to see if it will work on this machine.  I know the software manufacturer doesn't support with 64 bit drivers because they want you to buy the latest and greatest which I have through subscription. I own the older version outright and want it available as well.  Thanks again.


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 12:38 PM

In XP Mode the version shouldn't matter unless it involves a driver.

 

Let us know how it goes.


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Posted 01 December 2013 - 05:00 PM

I'm going to attempt the install without XP mode, should have been more clear on that.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:56 AM

I was able to install the software in question and update the key driver in Win 7 and it works fine so I guess XP is a memory for me now.  No need to install XP mode for Win 7.  Not sure why I resisted for so long.  

 

I gave up on the Win 7 backup mentioned in this thread due to inconsistency.  Syncback will be my backup software of choice.

 

My machine also froze a few times yesterday as mentioned in this thread but only 4 times all day.  So far today there haven't been any restarts for freezing.  Knock on wood.  

 

Thanks for all the help.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 12:35 PM

Another program which is being suggested here at Bleeping Computer is Macrium Reflect, this is software for cloning the hdd.


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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:37 PM

Yes I have used the Macrium and it appears to work fine but the Syncback will backup actual files without the need to restore.  I did a backup of my photos this morning and when it finished I went to the HD where the backup is located and opened a photo for viewing.  I am waiting to see how the Syncback does on my clone this evening.



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Posted 02 December 2013 - 01:52 PM

I'll have to take a look at Syncback.


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