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Microsoft Greetings Workshop

kst3406419 asked on
Compatibility issues with Windows 7.  Error message says program can't access the database.  Anyone with sugggestions?
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Marilyn O replied on

Hello kst3406419,

Thank you for posting to the Microsoft Answers Forum.

Microsoft Greetings Workshop is an older program created in 1996 and you will most likely not be able to get it to run successfully on Windows 7as it is not compatible.
If you have Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise you can run Windows XP mode and get most programs to run if they ran on Windows XP. XP mode does not work on Home versions of Windows 7. You might be able to try 3rd party virtualization programs.

Running Windows XP Mode requires:
1. Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions.
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).
To determine whether your computer’s CPU is capable of hardware virtualization, go to the Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC support website and download a utility that can check whether your Intel or AMD CPU is compatible.
To find your brand of processor so you can download the appropriate utility, click the Start button , right-click Computer, and then click Properties. Under System, next to Processor, you can see what type of CPU you have.
Even if your CPU can run Windows XP Mode, you might also need to turn on virtualization settings in your computer’s BIOS. Procedures vary depending on the BIOS manufacturer. For more information, see BIOS: frequently asked questions.

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Hope these suggestions help.


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