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Can I install software that indicates sytem reqs as 98se, 2000 or XP on my laptop that has Windows 7? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I just bought some software and installed it on my laptop. It seemed to install ok but when I tried to click on the desk top icon it told me that I had some kind of "library not registered" error. My OS is Windows 7 and on in the manual it identifies the system requirements as Windows 98se, 2000, or XP..........is this the problem?

     My computer is a Dell Inspiron with Intel(R) Core (TM)i3 CPU M370 @ 2.40 GHz with 398 GB free on the hard drive

    thanks



    • Edited by Kirkiebhoy Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:45 AM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:36 AM

Answers

  • Try using virtualization: if you have Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, download and install Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/) to have a 32 bit Windows XP Professional SP3 in which you can run your application; otherwise, download and install a virtualization software, like Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24439) or Oracle VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbxo.org), create a virtual machine and install the operating system you need to run your application.
    Remember that you must have a valid retail license for any operating system that you want to virtualize.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:14 AM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:36 PM

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  • Older programs should be installed and run in compatibility mode:

     

    1. To install a program in compatibility mode, right-click on the installation file (probably setup.exe) > Properties > Compatibility Tab. Now choose to run it in compatibility mode of a previous version of Windows then Apply > OK. Right-click the file and select the Run As Administrator option to install it.

     

    2. To be able run a program in compatibility mode, you have to initially change the compatibility settings. Right-click on the shortcut (or the .exe file or its name in the All Programs menu) > Properties > Compatibility Tab. Now choose to run it in compatibility mode of a previous version of Windows then Apply > OK. Also, you may need to tick ‘Run this program as an administrator‘.

    • Proposed as answer by Niki Han Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:14 AM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 2:53 PM
  • Hi BurrWalnut - I followed your directions and had partial success, it installed and the software opened. However, when I closed the program, removed the CD and then tried to open the software from the desktop icon I still received the "library not registered" icon. Any suggestions?

     

    thanks for your help

    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 4:16 PM
  • Try using virtualization: if you have Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, download and install Windows Virtual PC with XP Mode (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/) to have a 32 bit Windows XP Professional SP3 in which you can run your application; otherwise, download and install a virtualization software, like Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=24439) or Oracle VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbxo.org), create a virtual machine and install the operating system you need to run your application.
    Remember that you must have a valid retail license for any operating system that you want to virtualize.

    Bye.


    Luigi Bruno - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award
    • Marked as answer by Niki Han Wednesday, December 21, 2011 10:14 AM
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:36 PM