Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP installs on windows 7

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  • Wow, I haven't used Microsoft Plus! for ages ... that's cool, shame it isn't on MSDN subscriber downloads any longer.

    - Doug
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 4:15 PM
  • What we do, and the software we will try just for that one item! LOL...
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 4:55 PM
  • There some very good theme in Plus! wish Microsoft did some more theme packs as good as thoses in windows 7?

    Saturday, January 17, 2009 5:42 PM
  • Nice got it too work in Vista with a lot of messing around just rip the iso with Alcohol 120% then mount the iso then  browse the folder and copy the folder too your desktop and use the Vista Compitibilty mode tick admin install and go to programs where plus icon is and do Vista Compitibilty mode again then you can start using program again.Your get an error when installing to do with speech setup just close that and carry on installing.
    Sunday, January 18, 2009 9:30 PM
  •    1) Does the analog recorder work in Microsoft Plus!? 
       2) Does Picture It! work, or is it even a part of Plus!?

       I really miss those two applications.
    Tuesday, July 21, 2009 4:50 PM
  • Sorry never tried thoses apps best advice is too install and try see if they work.
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    Wednesday, July 22, 2009 7:47 AM
  • I am sad to report that I cannot get it to install on my Windows 7 Premier edition  :(  Any suggestions?

    Friday, June 11, 2010 2:44 PM
  • No, the analog recorder will not function. A message comes up when you try to start it that you should download the latest version of Windows Media Player to run the converter, but the latest version is not compatible.  I created a dual boot machine with Win7 and XP Pro and installed Plus! on the XP Pro OS.
    Friday, June 11, 2010 11:07 PM
  • Do the dancers for plus also work on windows 7 or do only some aspects of plus work ? Id really love to have one of those dancing ladies on my desktop again..
    Thursday, August 26, 2010 3:35 AM
  • The analog recorder doesn't work....a message appears that says you need to update Windows Media Player.  But that doesn't fix it.  I created a dual-boot machine that runs XP and Win 7; I run Plus! Analog recorder using XP.
    Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:38 PM
  • I cannot install Microsoft Plus! with my favorite screensavers on my computer running Windows 7. I understand that it is not compatible if you are running 64 bit instead of 32. Could that be your problem? If so, there's no solution that I'm aware of.
    Monday, September 06, 2010 2:09 PM
  • How (window 7 64-bit?
    Wednesday, January 05, 2011 3:39 PM
  • I discovered that downloading the audio codecs for Windows Media Player will enable the analog coverter.  It now works fine (Windows 7 Ultimate 64)
    Sunday, March 06, 2011 5:03 PM
  • How did you get Microsoft PLUS to work on windows 7?  Are you running Windows 7 professional or Home???
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:05 AM
  • Hi Fredji7, where did you get the audio codecs from?
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011 9:12 AM
  • so how do you install microsoft plus from a disk on windows 7. I get connot install a 32 bit program on 64 Bit system
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011 8:06 PM
  • I have windows 7 and I have tried repeatedly to install window plus for windows xp, how did you do it??? It won't even acknowledge that the disc is in my cd drive??? Help
    Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:16 AM
  • Hello everyone!

    Well if you have access to the installation CD-ROMs and time to do the upgrades, then yes you can install Windows XP 32-bit, then Plus! and Plus! Digital Media Edition. After making sure everything works as expected in XP, upgrade to Windows Vista 32-bit (unfortunately, you cannot upgrade directly to 7). Then upgrade to Windows 7 32-bit and that's it! You can have all the wallpapers, themes, screensavers and games from XP to 7! To make Plus! DME work in 7, browse to the relevant folder in Program Files and then search for EXE. This will show you all executables. Set them in Windows XP compatibility mode (right click, Properties, Compatibility, Windows XP SP3) and they will work! Just to play safe I did that for all users, not only current user. I had also installed Windows XP PowerToys and, yes, most of them work! I don't care about ALT-Tab replacement and Wallpaper Changer, as Windows 7 do that anyway, but I can use Power Calculator for example! For all of us that want it all, I would start for Windows 95, install Plus! for 95 to get that screensavers/wallpapers/games. Then upgrade to Windows 98 or Windows 98 SE and Install Plus! for Windows 98 to add these. Then upgrade to XP etc etc until you have everything working in Windows 7! Yes, the Themes from Windows 98 Plus! cannot be used directly in Windows 7, but all the files are available, so one can manually change all the relevant icons and the wallpaper. Big deal!

    I hope that helps. Surely you could also locate the files on the CD and try taking them, but I guess you will invest more time trying to cheat than do all the upgrades.

    One thing I saw doesn't work in 7 is some Windows 98 screensavers (Travel, Underwater etc), it just shows an black screen. Anyone knows a workaround? How about a conversion to Windows 7 screensaver? Is that a DirectX issue?

    Please reply to

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 9:11 PM
  • I can't install it on my Windows 7 but was able to on Vista.  That's weird.
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:13 PM
  • How do you get Microsoft Plus! for Windows XP installed on 7?  I've tried everything I could think of.  I did compatibility runs, looking on the microsoft website, running in different settings, etc.  How did you do it?  Mine worked for Vista no problem, but now it's not working on my new laptop with 7.  I suppose it's just a freak thing.
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 8:40 PM
  • Hello. Just found this after four days of trying to fathom out how to install MS Plus! DME on 64 bit Windows 7 Pro. I've now managed to install the full package and all the products are working fine after some proper fannying around with Activation. It took a lot of fathoming out and maybe some bits might not be needed (who knows), but this is what I did on my pc to get it working. You will first need to log on to your computer with Administrator privillages then do the following (in order):

    1. Completely un-install the existing Plus! DME software using Add/Remove.

    2. Open the Registry Editor and search for any Microsoft Plus! and Plus! keys, and delete them. A relly important key is HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Plus! (this needs to be done for activation later).

    3. Using Windows Explorer, set the compatability mode for the install programmes to XP Service Pack 3.

    4. Install the programme using the MSI installer, not the setup or install wizards. A warning will show that the programme is not compatable with Windows 7 but just click the Run (or Continue) button,  and install the product.

    5. At he end of the install, you will need to activate DME. So long as you have done Step 2, the activation code on the case will be accepted even though the Microsoft registration server no longer exists.

    6. To get rid of the annoying Windows vendor warning message when you run DME, go into the properties of each of the .exe files and select the Compatability tab. Un-tick 'Run this programme in compatability mode...' option and make sure that there is no tick in the 'Run as administrator' option.

    Another thing I also did which I am not sure if it had any bearing on the process, was to install Plus! DME on my XP Virtual PC, to make sure that the disc was fine. I also had to install Windows Media Player 9 to get it working. It installed without any problems on the virtual PC though it isn't much use as the virtual OS won't recognise the system sound card on my computer, but it might have put some additional files or references somewhere (who knows).

    I am now able to record music off the internet and do all sorts of stuff. I like this programme and found it to be the best of its kind around. I am told that Microsoft stopped any further development of it, and withdrew it from the market because of objections from music licensing bodies, which is understandable. Having said that, I've still got my tape recorder from the 1980's and that hasn't stopped me recording stuff for my own personal use.

    Good luck.

    • Edited by The Claret Wednesday, April 03, 2013 8:52 AM
    Tuesday, April 02, 2013 11:43 AM
  • Picture it will work perfectly.  i even have it running on windows 10 64bit
    Wednesday, July 08, 2015 10:05 PM
  • I really would like to get the Microsoft Plus! dancers to work on Windows 10 are you able to use them?

    I had it working on Wins 7 & 8 and I think I had a patch, but I can't find one anymore and am struggling to get it to work on Win 10.  Would appreciate any help you can give.

    Thanks in advance.


    Tuesday, June 21, 2016 5:13 PM
  • i like that one too & the space
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 10:54 PM