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Windows 7: Win7x64 Home Premium on an HP Pavilion DV7-4177nr notebook

07 Nov 2011   #1

64bit Home Premium
 
 
Win7x64 Home Premium on an HP Pavilion DV7-4177nr notebook

I have a lot of older PC games that were bought during the XP era and was wondering if the only way to have them play properly is to upgrade to Windows 7 pro or ultimate. I have gleaned that there is a partition thing one can do and dedicate an area on the HHD to XP but was warned if I am not an IT person that it is better to leave that alone and I am assuredly not an IT geek or whatever and to be honest I know enough to be dangerous, you know, the kind of person that needs a blow by blow in a nice and slow manner so it'll sink in. Picture in your mind and old Southerner that is on the brink of retirement(the 60's where real good to me if you get my meaning)

That being said I have also heard if you want to play games get a game player, but I have a lot of combat flight sims that I really like.

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07 Nov 2011   #2
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Welcome aboard
Do you want a dual boot setup with XP ? If so, you may read this tutorial Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP .

Option two of this tutorial is for your situation.

Be cautious, backup your data before doing it, and if you need any assistance, ask for it .
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07 Nov 2011   #3

Window 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tazmo8448 View Post
I have a lot of older PC games that were bought during the XP era and was wondering if the only way to have them play properly is to upgrade to Windows 7 pro or ultimate. I have gleaned that there is a partition thing one can do and dedicate an area on the HHD to XP but was warned if I am not an IT person that it is better to leave that alone and I am assuredly not an IT geek or whatever and to be honest I know enough to be dangerous, you know, the kind of person that needs a blow by blow in a nice and slow manner so it'll sink in. Picture in your mind and old Southerner that is on the brink of retirement(the 60's where real good to me if you get my meaning)

That being said I have also heard if you want to play games get a game player, but I have a lot of combat flight sims that I really like.

Try bringing up Properties on the game executable ---> click on Compatibility tab and select Windows XP (SP3) or earlier. I won't get my hopes up getting it to work however.
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07 Nov 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

You don't mention if you have XP or Windows 7 now, nor do your specs say. If you're asking about Pro or Ultimate because you want to try XP Mode to run your games (again, you don't say) then that might be an option. You can also dual boot using the tutorial Arc linked.
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07 Nov 2011   #5

64bit Home Premium
 
 

I did do all the compatability configurations to see if they would work properly, some did download others didn't and all did not perform properly. The system I have is in the header(win7x64 HomePremium) and as mentioned I was told by upgrading to Windows 7 pro or Windows 7 ultimate that it has a partition mode for xp so older data can be utilized. With that in mind and following the instructions above (that is a handfull) do I have to purchase a seperate xp disc to download or is that something that can be downloaded from the internet? It does seem like a mine field to try and negotiate with little room for error so....will doing the upgrade thing solve the issue of the xp question; in other words is it a fully functioning xp sp3 addition or just a patch thing to run old excel and word processors?
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