Have some legacy apps that are important. Have a 32bit notebook as well but would want apps on both machines. Was thinking about installing windows 7 or possibly windows windows XP on a vhd. This is new territory for me and seek guidance from an informed member who has addressed such issues.
32-bit actually came out late 80's/early 90's -- surely your software is newer then that
i jumped to 64 bit as soon as Vista was out, never looked back since
1) just because a software is new does NOT mean that it's x64 - most software coming out is still 32-bit.
2) Just because XP isn't supported doesn't mean it's dead. As to 32-bit being dead as a format, my only possible response is to ask what you're smoking - just because you switched to it doesn't mean it's dead. The majority of prefab computers being sold right now are 32 bit windows 7/8, not 64 bit.