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Windows 7: Need to run 16-bit SW on 64-bit W7-Premium

02 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Premium 64 bit
Need to run 16-bit SW on 64-bit W7-Premium

This may have been asked previously, but I cannot find it...
I need to purchase a replacement laptop - they all come with Win-7 Premium 64-bit (OEM version). I have several 16-bit applications that I want to continue using, VB3 applications with JET 2.5 databases, and others (also Office 2000). Unfortunately, these need Win-7 32-bit to run, 64-bit won't allow them.
Is there any way to run 16-bit software on Windows 7 Premium 64-bit?
One shop suggested buying the laptop with 64-bit loaded, format the disk, buy separate Win-7 professional, then load it as the 32-bit version. Do I need to be brave...?
Thanks for any help.

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02 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64 EFI

Your best bet is virtualization. Home Premium SKUs are not eligible for "XP Mode", but you can download Microsoft VirtualPC, install XP on it, and then there's a cool way to link XP's start menu to your Win7 start menu so your installed programs under the XP virtual machine appear in your Win7 start menu and load 'transparently'.

I wouldn't downgrade a new box to a 32-bit OS.
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