A friend of mine has a hobby software system which it 32bit (database c1995 !). He has now upgraded to new laptop with Win 7. The old software will not run, contact with software designer has not helped. Is there a utility that will enable 32bit software run on 64bit systems?
In my experience, most 32-bit software "just works" in 64-bit Windows 7. There's an interface layer called WOW32 - Windows on Windows - that provides a 32-bit interface to the 64-bit OS for 32-bit applications and handles that translation between 32 and 64 bits.
You got a couple choices as has already been said right click on the .exe and try running it in win98 / XP compatibility modes. Failing that you could try Virtual windows XP mode or download the Microsoft Application compatibility toolkit and see if a shim is available
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