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how to run a 32bit cd on a 64bit OS

by windows1230 / November 29, 2009 4:51 AM PST

I have various educational CDs that work on the older 32bit Windows OS, from Win95 - Win2000.

However, they do not run on the 64bit Windows OS I now have.

Is there any way to make these CDs work on my new 64bit Windows OS?

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Did you check ...
by Kees Bakker / November 29, 2009 4:54 AM PST

if they run on:
- 32 bits Windows 7?
- 64 or 32 bits Windows Vista?
- 64 or 32 bits Windows XP

Did you try compatibility mode? See

Did you already try the final fix: install the OS of your choice (Win 95, 98, ME, Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 32 bit Windows 7) in a virtual machine on your current PC?


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See if XP MODE works.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 29, 2009 4:55 AM PST

And after all this time you should be like the rest of us and have a spare Windows95 to 2000 CD then you can use VIRTUAL BOX (see ) and run your old OS and CD there.

Here I can use XP MODE but prefer VIRTUAL BOX.

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32 bit software that won't run on a 64 bit system
by FiOS-Dave / December 4, 2009 10:51 AM PST

And as a last (or first?) resort, contact the software vendor to see if they have a 64 bit version available.

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compatibility mode
by TaraS_WinTeam / December 5, 2009 1:00 PM PST
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Software too old????
by TheBig3 / January 15, 2010 11:42 AM PST

The software just might be too old to work on newer Windows systems. I had sofware for win 3.1 that wouldn't work on 95, and software that worked on 98, 2k and ME, didn't in XP. Nero 7 won't work in vista and it came out a short while before it did.

My experience with Vista 64-bit says that if it works in Vista 32-bit it works in 64-bit as well. It just installs to C:\Program file(x86)\ directory instead.

Most likely it's just not compatable with newer versions of windows. If you still have a system the software still works on, KEEP IT!!! I still have a Windows 3.1 system that still works as well as a 98 and XP systems.

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software for windows 2.1
by lohith28 / July 29, 2011 5:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Software too old????

i have software for windows 2.1 which i really want to install......i tried the compatibility mode of windows 7 for setting up but of no avail....what can i do ???

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You're in luck.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2011 12:56 AM PDT

A friend showed me Windows 2.1 running in Virtual Box and while I will not be giving tutorials on this, this is all you need to know if you are going to do this.


It's a very FINICKY install. Read and discover you get to run DOS 4.0

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