Thursday, 19 September 2013

Run an old program on a new PC

If you are trying a program on your new PC and it gives you an error message that reads something like the one below then you are definitely running a 16-bit program in a 64-bit environment.

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Basically, Windows was a 16-bit environment and run only 16-bit software. Afterwards, Windows 95 came and the operating system went 32-bit. For checking, whether your system is running 32- or 64-bit Windows you can check your system information. In Windows 7, click “Start”, right-click “Computer”, and select “Properties.” In Windows 8, click the “Search charm”, type “system”, click “Settings”, then “System.”

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For those running 32-bit versions of Windows, run the program by right-clicking the .exe file and select “Properties.” Then click “Compatibility” tab and check “Run this program in compatibility mode for” and select an appropriate option. Well, if you are living in a 64-bit world then your choices are limited. Having Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate, you can download and install Microsoft's free Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC. With this, you can run a copy of XP in a 32-bit virtual machine. 
For those running a 64-bit version of Vista, Windows 8, or Windows 7 Home, you can’t use the above option. Then you can download and install a free virtual machine program such as VMWare Player but an old version of Windows is also required to run in it.
This is how you can run an old program on a new PC. For more from the XpertCrewTM team, please follow us on Twitter@Techvedic or contact Techvedic’s computer support helpdesk, as per below contact-details:
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