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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by PurpleSkys In reply to XP mode can be installed ...

sorry about that..i misunderstood...thanks for the clarification :) i'm still learning my way around the tech world

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It actually needs a bit more than a specific Processor

by OH Smeg In reply to XP mode can be installed ...

It also need a compatible M'Board which may not necessarily be the same M'Board that a Compatible CPU runs on.


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What are the specifics of the motherboard?

by Healer In reply to It actually needs a bit m ...

To what I can remember it requires processor with hardware-assisted virtualization technology and hyper-threading.

What is required of the motherboard?

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All of the higher end M'Boards will do this

by OH Smeg In reply to What are the specifics of ...

But it was something pushed by M$ when 7 was in the Beta and early Release Stages that quite a few base line M'Boards wouldn't run Vitalization or XP Mode.

Of course you can read that as the more common System makers Machines which are bought on Price and not performance.


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The only thing specific to 7-Ultimate is language packs

by OldER Mycroft In reply to the solution is xp mode w ...

That and USB cryptographic security.

Windows 7 Pro does just about everything else that Windows 7 Ultimate can do, for a lot less moolah. So unless a user is multilingual on a daily basis, I fail to see the point of Ultimate.

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A lot more moolah?

by .Martin. In reply to The only thing specific t ...

you must be getting ripped off.

In Australia (and we are usually the ones getting ripped off) Ultimate in $20 more than Pro (Full retail of both)

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Martin the RRP is actually $79.00 more

by OH Smeg In reply to A lot more moolah?

But Bitlocker is worth that if for nothing else.

Also Enterprise has the ability to run Virtual Machines which Pro doesn't. Those two items make it a Must Have for business but don't necessarily improve functionality for Home Users.


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Pro runs Virtual Machines too.

by Healer In reply to Martin the RRP is actuall ...

I have Windows XP Mode installed on a Windows 7 Pro laptop.

Before I could do that, the processor of the computer got to meet the criteria of virtualization technology. So Windows XP Mode must be classified as virtual mode, I believe.

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XP Mode and Virtual Mode

by OH Smeg In reply to Pro runs Virtual Machines ...

Are different things.

The Pro version was set to run XP Mode to stop people demanding XP be installed but it's defiantly not a Virtual Mode. They are something different.


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What specific language features

by Healer In reply to The only thing specific t ...

that Ultimate has and Pro hasn't? I use more than one language on my Windows 7 system.

Regarding USB cryptographic security, are you referring to BitLocker Drive Encryption?

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