I have a PC with Windows 7 HP 64-bits, on which most 32-bits programs install without problems in X:\Program Files(x86)\.... There is one program however that I certainly want to maintain on this new system, but that will not install at all on a 64-bits PC. Is ther ea way to force it into "\PF(x86)\" or would a virtual system work? And how?
I am the only user of that PC, and all actions are taken as administrator. I tried the compatibility mode. That ends up with a list of all Windows versions, with/without service packs. But no division into 32bits and 64bits versions; so end of story there.
In User Accounts there is only one account; mine, mentioned as administrator. The problem is 64-bits incompatibility. The installation wizard of that prog ends with the message like: "64-bits system detected, this programm is developed for a 32-bits system". Then it doesn't go any further.
Please be aware, in order to use Windows Virtual PC, you need to be running either Win7 Pro or Ultimate editions. And your system (CPU in particular) needs to support hardware virtualisation, with this feature enabled in the BIOS.
You can run either SecurAble click here or Microsoft's own tool click here to find out whether it does or not. G
Windows Virtual PC does in fact run on Home Premium, you just cant use its XP mode although my own copy of XP works fine as do other oSes. It does need the virtualisation support tho. Virtual PC 2007 can also be used as an alternative.