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Windows 7: Using XP 32-bit applications in W7HP 64-bit

17 Jan 2010   #1

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Using XP 32-bit applications in W7HP 64-bit

I am going to be trying to install programs made for XP 32-bit in a potentally new Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit laptop (seperate systems, separate laptops), but understand that there are compatibility issues.

Other than upgrading to Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and using XP mode (if that would work anyway, based on the fact that the laptop will be 64-bit), are there any other solutions to this problem?

Thanks

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17 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

occasionally a program will give you issues, this is unlikely though as 64 bit can emulate 32 pit but if you have a problem just use compatibility mode for xp
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17 Jan 2010   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dreamweaver 547 View Post
I am going to be trying to install programs made for XP 32-bit in a potentally new Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit laptop (seperate systems, separate laptops), but understand that there are compatibility issues.

Other than upgrading to Windows 7 Pro 64-bit and using XP mode (if that would work anyway, based on the fact that the laptop will be 64-bit), are there any other solutions to this problem?

Thanks
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17 Jan 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

and yes xp mode will defiantly work. but it's not available on hope premium so you should take a look at either professional or ultimate. you also have the option of using a virtual machine to run a copy of windows assuming you have a valid key that could be used.
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17 Jan 2010   #5

Windows XP / Ubuntu
 
 

I have tested some apps on my laptop using a test disk with Windows 7 Pro 32-bit (and didn't use XP mode or VM etc for the test). Some apps worked, some didn't.

So I'm guessing from the above posts that the results would be similar for a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit?
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17 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

yes, some apps just aren't compatible for 7 until their respective developers update them. but xp mode will run those apps, if your unfamiliar with VPC's there are lots of really helpful posts and tutorials here on seven forums
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18 Jan 2010   #7

Windows XP / Ubuntu
 
 

OK-thanks. I will look into this.
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18 Jan 2010   #8

windows 7
 
 

I have to say I was surprised by Windows 7 and 32-bit apps. I have some fairly odd programs (for things like editing .cr2 files or UV mapping in 3d figure work), and a lot of them are 5 - 10 yrs old. I haven't encountered a single problem so far with any of them. Nor have I changed the compatibilty for any program.

I'm even running Photoshop 6.01, which according to what I read before buying Windows 7, wouldn't work at all. Not a single issue with it so far.

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