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Windows 8 with 32 bit Virtual PC RRS feed

  • Question

  • I've got a new laptop 64 Bit, 4GB, 320 with Windows 8.  I need a 32 bit Virtual PC program to go with Windows 8 for my business - computerized embroidery machine and this software is only compatible with 32 bit programs such as XP Virtual PC.  Does windows have something like this that will be compatible with Windows 8?  I need an explanation for Dummies.  :)

    Thanks


    • Edited by ryporter Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:06 PM
    Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:56 PM

Answers

  • XP Mode is no longer supported, but you can use Hyper_v to install XP:

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-1-hyper-v/

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-2-setting-up-windows-xp/

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-3-gotchas/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Marked as answer by ryporter Saturday, January 5, 2013 1:56 PM
    Friday, January 4, 2013 5:40 AM

All replies

  • officially only hyper-V is supported.

    There are some hacks to get Virtual PC working, but this is not supported or recommend.

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/W8ITProPreRel/thread/c07d4fb8-e0ab-4d01-8a37-e10f0c9ed825


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:05 PM
  • Hyper-V is the replacement for Virtual PC on Windows 8 x64.

    Depending on what the requirements are for your program, that may or may not work.  Third party solutions include Oracle Virtualbox and VMWare player, both are free for personal use.  VMWare Workstation and Parallels Workstation are also available, but are not free products.

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 8:11 PM
  • Hyper-V is the official virtualisation software for Windows 8. There are also VirtualBox and VMWare Player.

    With all of these you need an installable copy of a 32-bit OS. There is no equivalent of XP Mode in Windows 7.

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 9:57 PM
  • Yeah, but my guess is that the application won't install on Windows 8.  My sister does a lot of work with intelligent sewing machines, and some of those programs take years to get updated to the latest operating system releases.  She is constantly making me dredge my memory of the old operating systems.

    tim

    Thursday, January 3, 2013 11:55 PM
  •  My previous computer was 64 bit with Windows 7 and my embroidery program could not be installed on it .... that's when I learned about Windows XP Mode Virtual PC .... Is there something different about Windows 8 that will allow me to install a program made for a 32 bit computer?
    Friday, January 4, 2013 4:48 AM
  • XP Mode is no longer supported, but you can use Hyper_v to install XP:

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-1-hyper-v/

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-2-setting-up-windows-xp/

    http://4sysops.com/archives/windows-8-xp-mode-part-3-gotchas/


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Marked as answer by ryporter Saturday, January 5, 2013 1:56 PM
    Friday, January 4, 2013 5:40 AM
  • Thanks, Andre.  I will try this!  Take care.
    Friday, January 4, 2013 3:30 PM
  • I don't think the issue is 64-bit versus 32-bit so much as it is what is the operating system that is required.  In your posts you talk about needing XP Mode because it is 32-bit.  However, XP Mode was a virtualization environment that provided a virtual machine running 32-bit XP.  Maybe your program will only install on XP?  32-bit programs, as mentioned earlier, will run just fine on 64-bit operating systems (most of the time), but if your embroidery program insists on being installed on XP, then that is the reason it will not install on Windows 8, or even Windows 7.  Both Windows 8 and Windows 7 also come in 32-bit flavors, but if the program is insisting on XP, then you must install it on XP.

    Hyper-V on Windows 8 can have a virtual machine running 32-bit Windows XP.  However, you will need to obtain a licensed copy of Windows XP in order to install it into a virtual machine.


    tim

    Friday, January 4, 2013 11:49 PM
  • Yes - this makes sense.  The program would only install on XP.  I'll check it out.  Thanks!
    Saturday, January 5, 2013 3:44 AM
  • I'll look into this too.  Thanks, everyone! 

    I wonder why Microsoft hasn't come up with a simpler solution to this kind of thing - I know there are other people out there who have the same issues.

    ?????

    Saturday, January 5, 2013 1:42 PM
  • I'm a hardware Dummie when it comes to computers.  Here's some helpful info put in layman's terms - it's basically the same thing the guys have said in their posts below.  Maybe this forum is for IT professionals? Either way, you've helped a LOT!  Thanks!

    From http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions :

    "Can I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer?

    Most programs designed for the 32-bit version of Windows will work on the 64-bit version of Windows. Notable exceptions are many antivirus programs.

    Device drivers designed for the 32-bit version of Windows don't work on computers running a 64-bit version of  Windows. If you're trying to install a printer or other device that only has 32-bit drivers available, it won't work correctly on a 64-bit version of Windows. To learn how to check for drivers, see Update a driver for hardware that isn't working properly or go to the device manufacturer's website. You can also get information about drivers by going to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage."


    Ramona Porter


    • Edited by ryporter Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:10 PM
    Saturday, January 5, 2013 2:09 PM