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running windows xp programs on windows 7

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#1 Guest_nickko_*


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Posted 17 May 2015 - 02:38 AM

good morning to all,


please, i wish to know if i can run windows xp programs (32/64 bits) on windows 7 (32/64 bits)


i am thinking to build a cheap pc around the intel j1900/quad core chip (asrock q1900m pro3)


i have read in the pdf motherboard manual that the only drives are available are for windows 7/8


so my only option is to install windows 7 unless i find any windows xp drives


many thanks in advance



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 02:46 AM

I've never had any of my programs that I used on XP have any problem with Windows 7. Windows is generally very good with legacy support.


Edit: in Windows 7 you can also set compatibility for an application so it will believe it is running on XP.

Edited by Platypus, 17 May 2015 - 02:52 AM.

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 02:52 AM

The only program I had a problem with when I upgraded to Windows 7 was "Camera Window" for an obsolete Canon camera.

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 03:22 AM

Hi -

There seems to be a few programs (CD Games) that will not work on Windows 8.1, but I have used 99% of my programs from XP to Windows 7.


The odd games may have been older ones from my Win 98 computers.

#5 Guest_nickko_*


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Posted 17 May 2015 - 08:56 AM

good afternoon to all,


many many thanks to all for the replies


i hope so because otherwise i prefer to say with windows xp


some of my programs are :


sony vegas pro video editor

adobe audition audio editor

sony acid pro

bryce 3d



thanks again for the replies

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 11:57 AM

One thing you can try if these programs don't run optimally in Windows 7 is to run them in compatibility mode.

Right-click on the program's .exe or shortcut icon, select Properties, then the Compatibility tab. You can then select which version of XP (SP1, SP2, etc) you would like to run the program in.

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 11:33 AM

i thank you so much dear sflatechguy

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Posted 18 May 2015 - 11:38 AM

Wifey and I installed Microsoft VM stuff and Windows XP mode stuff to have a home for some of our old software.  That is one option for any game or program that "in gets into an argument with Windows 7 - and loses."

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