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Windows 7: Installing programs that won't install on Win7 using Setup.exe


21 Mar 2014   #1

Windows Home Premium x64
 
 
Installing programs that won't install on Win7 using Setup.exe

Looks like it is time to retire XP. I have some programs that I am quite attached to but they won't install on Windows 7 using the original disks presumably because the Windows 7 doesn't like the setup.exe. I have had to move my XP directories and sub directories to the Windows 7 machine. Since these are all 32bit programs they all work BUT there is no registry support which results in some "inconveniences".

Three questions:
1. Can I use Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit to make the setup.exe compatible so I can do a normal install and get registry support?
2. If not can I use ACT to discover the registry calls and add them to the registry.
3. Most all the info on the ACT is focused toward enterprise. Does anyone know of a tutorial or general instructions for a standalone PC?

Thanks for your help
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21 Mar 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Boa, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You could try installing the program using XP compatibility mode on the setup.exe to see if that may help.

You might also try using Run as administrator on the setup.exe if you have any permission or access issues during installation.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Mar 2014   #3

Windows Home Premium x64
 
 

Had tried that but got a error "The version of the file is not compatible with this version of Windows...." and goes on to say I need to get a 32bit or 64bit version of the setup.exe. This error is the same if setup is on the CD or HD. The Troubleshoot compatibility routine is a dead end.
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21 Mar 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

In that case, it sounds like it is actually a 16-bit setup.exe file just labeled as supported in 32-bit. 16-bit will not work in 64-bit, only 32-bit and 64-bit will.

Is there a newer version of the program available that supports Windows 7?
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21 Mar 2014   #5

Windows Home Premium x64
 
 

Yes, I should have stated the problem was installation on a 64bit Windows 7 machine. The setup.exe runs and installs fine on a Windows 7 32bit machine. I think you are correct but I am surprised as the program executable runs fine on the 64bit without using compatibility support. Seems strange to write a 16bit setup for a 32bit executable. Still, is there any work-around you know of?
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21 Mar 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Not if it's a 16-bit setup. They just won't run in a 64-bit Windows.
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21 Mar 2014   #7

Windows Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for your help. Last thing. Do you know of any instructions or tutorials for the ACT for desktop computers?
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21 Mar 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. Here's more info on ACT.

Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) (Windows)
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