Access 97 issues on Windows 7

I have many old Access 97 programs that I use daily.  Windows 7 won't allow me to load Access 97 and I get an error message saying the operating system is incompatible.  Any possible work arounds?  I would really hate to have to rebuild these programs from scratch.
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If your computer supports hardware assisted virtualization, you could try running Access 97 using Windows XP Mode software.

The follow utility will check if your computer supports Virtualization : Detection tool:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0ee2a17f-8538-4619-8d1c-05d27e11adb2&displaylang=en

Resources:
http://www.notebooks.com/2009/11/23/using-windows-virtual-pc-with-windows-xp-mode/

You simply need to have a CPU (processor) that supports hardware based virtualization: Intel-VT or AMD-V, you need to install two files:
1. Windows6.1-KB958559-x64 or x86 depending on the architecture you are running
Restart the system, then install:
2. WindowsXPMode_en-us

Please follow these steps to enable hardware virtualization:
    - Restart the computer and enter BIOS setup.
    - Search virtualization setting in BIOS and enable the setting.
    - Save BIOS settings.
    - Power off the computer, wait for few seconds and start the computer.

Both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from http://www.windows.com/business/downloads.
For more information on system requirements, go to http://www.microsoft.com/virtual-pc

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Yes, as an Access database programmer you  do.

1) Find a more recent version (2000, 2002 and 2007) that will run on Windows 7.
2) Converting from Access 97 (not whitout it's own problems
http://allenbrowne.com/ser-48.html

3) If your old Access database was running on Windows XP then you may want to try Windows 7 XP mode.
What XPM actually does is allow you to run Windows 7 and XP side by side so most older applications that don’t run on 7 can be run on XP.

Running Windows XP Mode requires:
1) Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate edition
2) A computer capable of hardware virtualization. This means your computer has a central processing unit (CPU) with either Intel-VT or AMD-V virtualization features.
3) Virtualization features turned on in your computer’s basic input/output system (BIOS).

For more details on XP Mode see:

Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

Windows Virtual PC features:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/features/default.aspx
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode

Install and use Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

Windows XP Mode requirements
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7#section_3


http://blogs.technet.com/windows_vpc/archive/2009/12.aspx
http://blogs.msdn.com/davidmcg/archive/2009/04/28/windows-7-xp-mode.aspx

Windows Virtual PC Evaluation Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=62cd2e63-52f8-4cf5-a7d5-7abaab270451


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