Can old software run on Windows 8.1?

  MikeSA 19:34 18 Oct 2014
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I have a few old software programs (e.g. Microsoft Works 4.0) that I want to install on my Windows 8.1. computer. Would such software work? Alternatively, is there a way to make old programs run on Windows 8.1?

  spuds 23:12 18 Oct 2014

I have used some older software programmes with Windows 7, but haven't tried them with Windows 8 yet.

Here's something from Microsoft on the subject click here

  spuds 23:15 18 Oct 2014

The link seem faulty, try click here

  MikeSA 14:02 22 Oct 2014

Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, it is not possible to run old software on Windows 8.1. I have tried everything and all I get is a message saying INVALID PROGRAM.

  compumac 20:44 22 Oct 2014

Try this for old programmes working under Win 8.1

click here

  Forum Editor 09:31 25 Oct 2014

Transferred to the Windows Help forum from Tech Consumer Advice.

  wee eddie 15:50 25 Oct 2014

Now, I am just putting forward an idea as I would not know how to do it, but others might be able to help you.

You might try to Dual Boot the PC, in other words have both OS's loaded onto it.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:35 25 Oct 2014

Did it run in XP?

Then run XP in virtual mode and install the programs in XP..

  sharpamat 08:59 26 Oct 2014

I am running many programs I used on Win 95 without problems on win 7/8/8.1/ and 10 preview. These include Lotus WordPro. To install put the disc in drive and open it don't auto install. Find the setup file and right click, choose setup as admin. Then ignore the prompts. I have no problems running the programs, and use the same methods installing older printers. On 8.1 I have installed Lotus Word Coral print and photo house just to name a few

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