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Running 32bit apps on windows pro 64bit

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February 23, 2013 9:53:35 PM

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.
a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
February 23, 2013 9:58:55 PM

You don't need to do anything special just run them. 32 bit software works perfectly fine with 64 bit. You just can't use 16 bit like a 32 bit os can.
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a b $ Windows 7
February 23, 2013 10:40:14 PM

XP and 32-bit is dead

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
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a c 207 $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
February 23, 2013 11:53:05 PM

what kind of legacy apps? dos? windows 98 apps?
If you need XP mode, make sure to the the professional version of windows 7.
Or you will need to buy a license for XP on vhd.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
February 24, 2013 12:14:26 AM

apache_lives said:
XP and 32-bit is dead

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


Erm, what.

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.
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