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Windows 7: Software incompatible with 64bit version of Windows


11 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
Software incompatible with 64bit version of Windows

Just want to say thanks for your help on my previous questions.

I have another question - tried to run some old software that I really need, the install wizard works fine but when I try to run it, it says incompatible with 64bit windows 7

Is there any way around this


Thanks

Ronbo


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11 Oct 2010   #2
whs
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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11 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ronbo View Post
Just want to say thanks for your help on my previous questions.

I have another question - tried to run some old software that I really need, the install wizard works fine but when I try to run it, it says incompatible with 64bit windows 7

Is there any way around this


Thanks

Ronbo
Go to this site and put your program in and see if it helps any.
Windows 7 Compatibility: Software Programs & Hardware Devices: Find Updates, Drivers, & Downloads
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11 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

There are several methods to work around this, but what is the software in question?
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11 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The software is called Rent Right. It is a property mgmt software
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05 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (and XP Home Premium 32 bit)
 
 

This might be relevant. I dual boot 7 64bit and XP 32bit on physically separate hard drives. I too have been refused installation of some programs by Windows 7 occasionally, but have been able to install them in XP. I don't often boot into XP, but often I don't need to in order to run those programs. I discovered that, while in 7, I can navigate to the XP drive's Program Files, find the relevant .exe file, double-click it, and the programs run happily. This has worked with all the programs I've tried it with, including Pagemaker 6.5 which is very old, and several games. I suppose it's just like having a Portable program, one that doesn't require installation. I haven't come across any problems, but I suppose there might possibly be some limit to a program's functionality, due to the Registry not being consulted. Of course, if the program consults a setup/preferences .ini file, as many older programs did, the Registry is irrelevant anyway.
If you want to run elderly programs with any kind of frequency, dual booting is a good way to go, and I've always set it up without problems, including using two partitions on the same drive.
Just an idea.
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05 Jan 2014   #7

W7 Ult desktop, W8.1 laptop, W7 Home netbook, W8.1 tablet, Win 10 TP VM
 
 

Your old program is probably 16-bit, 64-bit Win 7 does not support running 16-bit software.

If you have Win 7 Pro (or Ultimate), you could download and install Win XP Mode which is a Virtual Machine that includes a fully licensed copy of XP that can be run from within Windows with no need for dual booting. If you don't have Win 7 Pro, then you can duplicate XP Mode fairly closely using the free programs VirtualBox, VMWare Player or Windows Virtual PC and your own copy of XP.
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