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show user profile  ScotlandDave
I have a piece of software ( automobile workshop information system ) that runs on Windows 95 / NT / 98 + 2000. It will not install in either XP64 or Win7 64-bit - tried various compatibility modes etc..

So, have tried Microsoft VirtualPC XP Mode - after various windows authentication checks and installing XPMode ( 500meg download ), VirtualPC and ServicePack1 for Win7, i run XPMode and THEN it tells me i have to upgrade from Win7 Home Premium.. Fuckers!

Anyway, looking at VirtualBox atm. Anybody have any experience? One way or another i need 95/NT/98/2000 installed and running. No idea if this more hassle than it`s worth..

Any advise appreciated!

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6/21/2011 10:12:05 PM (last edit: 6/21/2011 10:12:05 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
could try running it under wine in linux.

other alternative is vm ware workstation, & install 2k into that.
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6/21/2011 10:16:47 PM (last edit: 6/21/2011 10:16:47 PM)
show user profile  mrgrotey
Ive used virtualbox and its a good tool :)


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6/21/2011 10:21:59 PM (last edit: 6/21/2011 10:21:59 PM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave

The less complicated steps the better - i`ve never used Linux, so installing that, then wine, then windows, argh!

VMWare is that free and/or stressful ?


What did u use VirtualBox for? Anything relevant to my question?

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6/21/2011 10:28:11 PM (last edit: 6/21/2011 10:28:23 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Virtual box works. It's a little slow, but it works. Vmware is the best, but last time I checked it wasn't free (could have changed, I guess).

VirtualPC is ok if it's using hardware virtualisation.

Oh, and Virtualbox does the same thing as VirtualPC, but is free and open source, I believe. I've used it to have other versions of Windows, and it can work well.

I just looked. VMware player seems to be free. Downloading now...

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6/21/2011 11:12:07 PM (last edit: 6/21/2011 11:31:45 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
Yup. The VMWare player is pretty good. I'd suggest giving it a go. I'm now watching stuff on the Iplayer in Firefox running a virtual Ubuntu, and it's really smooth, even on my crappy laptop.

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6/22/2011 12:55:49 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 1:00:25 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Cheers Nik.

Downloading the free Player now. Fingers crossed i can get it to run Windows 2000 :)

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6/22/2011 1:18:53 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 1:18:53 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I would be surprised if it doesn't work. VM make excellent virtualisation products. I hope its works for you.

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6/22/2011 1:20:56 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 1:20:56 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Worked a charm, thanks again Nik.

VMWare Player is a doddle and free.

Installed Windows 2000 and my target software without a hassle ;)

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6/22/2011 2:16:22 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 2:16:22 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
you have a solution, so not required but just so you know.

you'd install linux, then wine from the package manager gui, then your app.

you don't need to install windows as wine provides windows interfaces - it 'is' windows.

therefore no windows license required.

doesn't work on everything (max not supported - probably due to boot sector copy protection stuff)
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6/22/2011 8:58:23 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 9:07:42 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
This is something interesting. An open source clone of Windows. I don't think it's that useful yet, but an interesting project to keep an eye on.

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6/22/2011 9:43:44 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 9:43:44 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
indeed. haven't tried it yet either. does it run max ?
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6/22/2011 10:00:31 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 10:00:31 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
It definitely won't run the latest version, and am not convinced this project has come far enough for that.

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6/22/2011 10:09:01 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 10:09:01 AM)
show user profile  advance-software
will install later & see how it's going. might make a useful experimental plafform as I can add stuff missing from windows as necessary, then demonstrate to ms & say please make yours do this too.

ditto wine to some degree but may as well have a linux port on linux.
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6/22/2011 10:12:26 AM (last edit: 6/22/2011 10:13:59 AM)
show user profile  ScotlandDave
Interesting stuf guys.

I think the primary reason i couldn`t get the piece of soft to run on xp or win7 even under compatibility was that they are both running 64-bit.. Running win2k thru VMW Player did the trick, i`m assuming above all else because it emulated an x86 hardware environment or whatever..

Cheers again for the help guys.

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6/22/2011 12:40:50 PM (last edit: 6/22/2011 12:42:24 PM)
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