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Windows 7: Can you convert a 32 bit software disk to operate on a 64 bit system

29 Dec 2012   #11

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

If that accounting program was written for Windows 95, it's definitely a 16-bit program, not 32-bit.

The problem with setting up a virtual machine is that you need another OS and product key (it's essentially a separate machine) so VirtualBox may not be the right answer for you.

You're in luck however, since you have Win 7 Pro, you can download XP Mode from Microsoft which is a virtual machine complete with a fully licensed copy of XP. Download Windows XP Mode

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29 Dec 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

I agree Strollin but wouldnt the xp mode be running windows xp x64 as the host is also x64?
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29 Dec 2012   #13

Windows 7 32 bit

XP mode may work. But if it's 16 bit for win9x chances are it may actually be Dos based. I would try DosBox. It's free. No product key.
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29 Dec 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

But it would be good to know exactly the os it is compaitabke with by checking its website/manual/read me
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31 Dec 2012   #15
Steve Russell

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit operating system

Thanks to all of you guys for the info and tips. I will check out the DOSBOX and the XP mode. I can't find a read me file. However, some of the files on the disk were created in "1980". I purchased it in 2000. The only instructions/manual are the installation instructions. There are two sets of installation instructions, one for Windows 3.1, 3.11, or NT 3.5x. The second set of instructions are for Windows 95 or NT4.0. At the time, I was using either Windows 95 or 98, don't remember exactly what I had at that time.
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