32 bit progam to 64 bit computer

Just purchased new laptop computer with windows 7 home. Have a GPS program that does not support 64 bit. I was told that we could install W7 Pro/Ultimate and run in XP mode. Does this change the "bit" setting so that we can run this program?

The GPS program is Co-Pilot 11. Spoke wiith ALK industries and they said their program does not support 64 bit. Please help and advise thanks
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  1. Have you tried installing it? Both WinXPx64 and Win7x64 can run 32-bit programs natively using the built-in Windows On Windows (wow). The 32-bit programs install to the Programx86 folder.
  2. Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

    Try to install the program, the 32 bits programs can run without problems in x64 OS. The thing that u can't do is run a x64 applications in a 32 bits OS.

    Try that and let us know how this goes.
  3. ^+1. Most 32 bit programs will run on Win 7 x64 fine, however some programs do not install correctly. I recommend you try installing the program first and see if it works. If not, you may need to downgrade to Win 7 32 bit or XP. Considering that program was released ~2007-2008 chances are it will run on Win 7 x64.
  4. To answer your first question, XP Mode is a 32-bit version of Windows XP despite being installed on Windows 7 64-bit.

    If you are unable to run the program correctly under Windows 7 64-bit, yes, you could attempt to install it under XP Mode / Virtual PC.

    To learn more about XP Mode / Virtual PC, please see the following link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team
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