Windows 7 compatibility issues

By Healer ·
I had a few programs which worked fine and still work fine on the XP systems. However, they don't seem to work well on Windows 7, not on Vista either. I had supposed Windows compatibility allows programs of any age or perhaps as old as those for Windows 2000 to work on Windows 7. I had expected Windows 7 would have done a much better job than Vista in this respect but it didn't seem to be. Perhaps I have missed something.

Definitely drivers and the like can't be solved with the compatility feature that Windows offers. That would be the main sticking point for some people who want to use Windows 7. I hope the manufacturers will catch up quick. I couldn't get a compatible driver for my Samsung printer ML-1710. Now I don't know if I should keep the Windows 7 or there is a roundabout way to achieve it.

I am not too sure if virtualization could solve this problem either. My computer doesn't have a processor with virtualization hardware. I might have to use other virtualization software which doesn't require specific processor instead of Windows's. I am not too sure if Virtual PC 2007 will work on Windows 7 for I understand that Virtual 2007 does not require specific processor.

The release note on Virtual 2007 says no support for using a virtual hard disk linked to a physical hard disk. Does it mean one can't access data files on the physical disk from the virtual disk? If it does then how one could work on files on the physical disk with application on the virtual disk.

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You could always boot from separate HDDs ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Windows 7 compatibility i ...

Running Windows XP on one HDD and Windows 7 on the other. That way neither OS is interfering with the other and more importantly XP won't be running inside a Virtual Disk.

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I wish

by Healer In reply to You could always boot fro ...

I could hide all other hard disks or partitions before installing any operating system so that the installation would only go to one partition or one hard disk including the system files and boot files.

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But that's exactly what you should do ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to I wish

I've got 3 HDDs, each with a different OS installed.

Whenever I'm installing to a particular HDD, it is always the ONLY HDD that is connected to the Primary SATA port and the other 2 HDDs are disconnected. The install routine then performs its stuff to only that HDD.

But you can only achieve this when each Drive Letter is a separate physical HDD - it's not quite the same with partitions on a single HDD.

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I did the similar things

by Healer In reply to But that's exactly what y ...

before years ago when I was working for some people. I had disk drives in their own respective caddies. One could simply unlock with key and pull out the caddy which had its own electrical and electronic connections with the computer and replace it with another one. Those days the drives were not very big. Now the drives are so huge, it looks like a waste of drive space to me. I would try to use the virtualization method if I am going to install one operating system on one drive. If the Windows virtualization does not support general processors, then I shall try VMware.

Owing to shoestring budget, I do not think I can have multiple drives at this stage. I still have to partition the only drive I have. I had supposed there would be some software or the BIOS which can hide the partition from the installation process. It looks like it is impossible though.

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The solution is XP mode which is not compatibility mode

by CG IT In reply to Windows 7 compatibility i ...

Windows 7 XP mode requires your processor and motherboard to support virtualization. If your processor and motherboard do not support virtualization, then you can not use Windows 7 XP mode.

If you don't wish to purchase new versions of applications that support Windows Vista/7 then the best advice is to stick with Windows XP until such time as you decide to upgrade the non Vista/7 compatible applications.

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Another name for Windows Virtual PC 2009?

by Healer In reply to The solution is XP mode w ...

Is Windows 7 XP mode another name for Windows Virtual PC 2009?

Would you know for sure whether Windows 7 supports Windows Virtual PC 2007? I suppose the 2007 edition does not require special processor. Am I right?

I do have XP home and Pro, Vista. I do want to keep the Windows 7. I was frustrated that I couldn't get my favourite printer going. Of course I want to minimize my spending. It goes without saying.

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RE: Windows Virtual PC 2007?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Another name for Windows ...

I'm not really sure that this question is reverent. Every version of Windows 7 will support the new version of Virtual PC with the exception of 7 Starter.

So there is no need to attempt to use an older version of Virtual PC from M$ as the new version will be available for Free Download from the M$ Download Center.

The Problem with XP Mode is that you hardware has to support XP Mode so the thought of using older Hardware to run 7 may not be entirely suitable. Though you can always load a Virtual Machine running XP as apposed to XP mode.


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the solution is xp mode which is not compatibility mode

by danerd In reply to The solution is XP mode w ...

dont forget CG IT to mention that this feature is only available in windows 7 ULTIMATE which happens to be the most expensive version of windows 7 $$$$ --cheers--

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it's available

by PurpleSkys In reply to the solution is xp mode w ...

in win7 pro as well

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XP mode can be installed on Windows 7 Pro

by Healer In reply to the solution is xp mode w ...

XP mode is not compatibility mode as such because one needs specific processor and has the whole XP operating system installed in virtual mode.

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