Windows 7 and WinXP Puzzle

  Graphicool1 15:24 20 Jun 2011

I'm getting a new PC with Windows 7 pre-installed. My present Pc is WinXP. I have done a compatibility check and discovered that my main programmes won't run on Win7. I know I could have a duel boot PC, but once booted to whatever drive, I'm thinking I wouldn't be able to interact with the other?

If I'm correct in my assumption, I would be forever having to re-boot to access the other drive.

Could I put the XP drive in, - as a slave - with its programmes pre-installed. Then after I boot into Win7, would I be able to dip into the XP drive and run the programmes there?

I think probably not, if not could I run them from a USB memory stick?

  gengiscant 15:26 20 Jun 2011

What programs are you speaking about ,I have Windows 7 64 Bit and have not come across a program that did not work.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:38 20 Jun 2011

Windows & has a XP compatibility mode the program will probably run under that

What exactly is the program.

  Graphicool1 15:39 20 Jun 2011

Hi Gengis

I ran a compatibility check with Microsoft, thinking that there might be a problem between 32 and 64 bit, I wasn't thinking about 7 itself. I only looked at the following programmes, as I use these more than any other...

Microsoft Picture It! early version and version 10. Also a music mixing software Acid Studio. I stopped looking when I saw these wouldn't work with Windows 7.

  robin_x 16:33 20 Jun 2011

MS Picture further info

Acid (Music?) Studio may be compatible depending on version, or use the above compatibility tricks.

Search results

Long term solution is to find newer alternatives, software doesn't last forever. A good Freeware site is here

eg old Nero software doesn't work under W7 and they recommend to pay for upgrade. Or use free Ashampoo. There's always a way round.

  Graphicool1 16:33 20 Jun 2011

I've just had another look, I have many programmes that I can't find in the compatibility list. Possibly because Microsoft only lists those that are registered with them.

Ejay isn't listed and I have a suite of their software, all on different CDs.

The following are just a few of the freeware, Giveaway of the Day or other software, that will probably slip under the Microspft radar...


Wacom Volito (must have)

ACDSee Photo Editor

Art Rage

Portrait Professional

Art Weaver

Audio recorder Titanium

CD Burner XP


Cyber Power Audio Editing Lab

Dark wave Studio


Photo converter

Gold wave Editor Pro

Gold Audio Suite



etc, etc, as yet though I haven't looked for any of these. But if Fruit Bat /\0/\is correct and there is an XP compatibility mode, then I should have nothing to worry about. Except maybe, for two things...

(1) What the users say...

Not able to run Microsoft Picture It!

"I had 'Microsoft Picture It! installed in my old computer and I loved the program. I recently bought a new computer which has windows 7. I installed my old program, but it doesn't work."

"Is Microsoft planning to produce a software program like "Picture It" that will work with Windows 7, and or make a patch for Picture It 2002 so it will work with Windows 7?"

"I have been using Microsoft Picture It for years to design tons of graphics for my business and now I have purchased a new pc loaded with Windows 7 and guess what, Picture doesn't work anymore"

(2) Does it make any difference if 7 is 32 or 64 bit?

  Graphicool1 16:44 20 Jun 2011


I followed your link and this may be the answer...

"If you run Windows 7 Home Premium, try VirtualBox ( or VMware Player ( or any other 3rd party virtualization software and install a separate copy of Windows XP (either Home Edition or Professional) for that purpose. You can find virtualization software free of charge that will run on Windows 7 Home Premium."

I have recently been running a few small programmes off of a memory stick using a freeware called 'Cameyo' virtualization software. Brilliant it is too, although I wasn't aware that I could run an OS in the same way.

  robin_x 17:02 20 Jun 2011

Cameyo does look good, I'll have a go sometime with that

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