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25-Oct-2011, 10:08 PM #1
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I just upgraded from Win 7 Home Premium to Win 7 Professional. I am unable to run some games that used to run on Win XP in virtual XP Mode. There seems to be a problem running a 32-bit program. Can I somehow run 32 bit programs in my setup?

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26-Oct-2011, 07:42 AM #2
Hiya Ken and welcome to TSG.

I`m not totally sure as I`m on an XP system at the moment but isn`t there an option to run programs or applications in compatibility mode by right-clicking on the programs exe, clicking Properties and then choosing another version of MS`s OS such as XP, 98 etc.

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26-Oct-2011, 11:40 AM #3
Confused. First, Windows 7 Home Premium doesn't have Virtual XP Mode, only Professional and above do.

Second, Windows 64-bit, has no problem running 32-bit program. In fact, most of the programs run by 64-bit Windows are 32-bit programs. In fact, I'll bet the browser you are using now is 32-bit. (It does have problems running 16-bit programs, however. Many installers for 32-bit programs are 16-bit.)

What program are you having problems with? Maybe we can help from there.
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26-Oct-2011, 12:05 PM #4
Compatibility mode and XP mode are two different features. However, I even have some games that ran fine in XP and now do not run in 7 - even in compatibility mode. See if there are any patches available for your games. Go to the developers website and check for update patches for Windows 7.
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27-Oct-2011, 08:07 AM #5
Thanks for the info Courtneyc & golddust. It`s a constant learning curve.

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29-Oct-2011, 04:22 PM #6
Thanks, Courtneyc, JennyJackson01, Golddust. This is the first time posting and responding so I hope I am doing this right. I am running Windows 7 Pro in XP Mode. The games I am having troiuble with are Reader Rabbit 2nd Grade-Mis-Cheese-ivious (Win XP), Reader Rabbit Personalized Math Ages 6-9 and R/R Thinking Adventure. The first doesn't run. The others give a message: "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Win your'e running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32bit) or x64(64bit) version of the program and then contact the software publisher."
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29-Oct-2011, 05:05 PM #7
Then most of these games you have listed are 16 bit games and they will not run on 64 bit machine.

There are a LOT of older programs including games that run on XP, a lot of them are 16 bit programs and the suppliers will not admit to it as they have a LARGE supply of them and want to get rid of them.
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