I want to run some old 32 bit programs on a windows 7 laptop. I am currently running them on a HP pavilion with windows XP from the command prompt. I would like to do the same on a windows 7 laptop. Any suggetions on how to best reach my goal?

The software I want to run was created with the old microsoft version 6 C compiler. I am mainly going to a laptop to avoid printing selected results from the program to have access to the full range of data available live on the laptop. Not to mention avoiding the over priced ink cartridges. 

Hi Daleanddaisy,

You may try installing the program in Windows XP compatibility mode and check if that works.

To change compatibility settings manually for a program, right-click the program icon, click Properties, and then click the Compatibility tab

Refer the link: Make older programs run in this version of Windows: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows

If that does not work other way round is Windows XP Mode, lets you run older Windows XP business software right on your Windows 7 desktop.

Designed primarily with small- and medium-sized businesses in mind, Windows XP Mode comes as a separate download and works only with Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. Windows XP Mode also requires virtualization software such as Windows Virtual PC. Both are available free on the Microsoft website.

You may download Windows XP mode from the link below and use the programs in Windows 7.

Download Windows XP Mode: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

Windows Virtual PC: http://www.microsoft.com/Windows/Virtual-PC/default.aspx

Refer the links to learn more about Windows XP mode: Windows XP Mode: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-xp-mode

Using Windows XP Mode: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/videos/using-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

Thanks and Regards:
Swathi B - Microsoft Support.

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 1,216 Applies to: