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32bit program won't run on Win8-64 bit?

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October 19, 2013 9:56:06 PM

I have a CAD program with a security Dongle that ran on Windows XP, I bought a new computer running windows 8 64 bit and the program stops running and displays it cannot find security device(dongle) I asked the CAD company and they said I need to upgrade software for $550! Is there a fix to make win8-64 bit recognize the 32bit dongle?
Thank you
Robert in San Jose
a c 417 * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 11:19:13 PM

Can only suggest try running the program in Compatibility mode, (Rt click the .exe file and choose 'Troubleshoot Compatibility)...
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October 20, 2013 7:31:22 AM

dodger46 said:
Can only suggest try running the program in Compatibility mode, (Rt click the .exe file and choose 'Troubleshoot Compatibility)...


Thank you, I will try this. I hope to use my new computer for making my metal art.
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October 20, 2013 4:50:37 PM

Well I tried that and still no luck. I tried to download the 32bit fix listed on the MS site and it is not supported by my system win8.1 upgrade did not help either.
Any other ideas?
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a c 417 * Windows 8
October 20, 2013 10:38:44 PM

roberttdonahue said:
Well I tried that and still no luck. I tried to download the 32bit fix listed on the MS site and it is not supported by my system win8.1 upgrade did not help either.
Any other ideas?

Probably need to run XP in a VM program, You could dual boot with XP but it's support runs out next year leaving it vulnerable when connected to the net. This comes recommended
http://lifehacker.com/5965889/how-to-run-windows-xp-for...

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October 22, 2013 9:10:56 AM

Recontacted the CAD software company and they said it will not work on the 64bit system. So, thank you for the advice.
now the next issue....
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a c 417 * Windows 8
October 22, 2013 9:29:02 AM

roberttdonahue said:
Recontacted the CAD software company and they said it will not work on the 64bit system. So, thank you for the advice.
now the next issue....

No reason why you shouldn't install 32 bit Windows, but you'd be limited to 4Gb RAM. Depends whether or not your CAD programme uses a lot of Memory...

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a b * Windows 8
October 22, 2013 11:54:37 AM

Hi. Install Xp in virtual box. As dodger46 says, support runs out for XP next year. But if you only use XP for Cad and windows 8 for everything else there will be no problems. I did the exact same setup for a friend and has been using it for twelve months. He also runs his plotter printer in XP as well as windows8.
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