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Loading programs into virtual XP--no easy feat

by Dunkinidaho / September 19, 2012 11:37 AM PDT

Inspiron 1525 with T8300 Intel proc.--4gb ram---windows 7 professional and virtual xp. Trying to load an old genealogy program "family tree maker 16" 32bit into virtual xp. As soon as I click on install I get the "configuring system for install" window for a flash of a second then another window opens "catastrophic failure". I am assuming that not "all" 32bit programs will run on virtual xp even though it's running flawlessly on my xp desktop. Please advise.


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FTM 16 is 32-bit
by mchainmchain / September 19, 2012 4:01 PM PDT

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Loading programs into virtual XP--no easy feat
by Number1Techie / November 14, 2012 1:14 PM PST

For sure. I would not know about Family Tree Maker 16, but I'm still using Family Tree Maker 8.0. (We refused to upgrade when they made it look too much like a web page and took away some of the report capabilities that we have become so fond of.) Anyway, this may not answer your question, but version 8 runs flawlessly on my computer under Windows 7. Have you tried installing your version directly into Windows 7? If it works, you've lost nothing and gained an accessible program. If not, then you'll still have to pursue a different avenue. I would first try creating a new Virtual XP Machine. I personally have had little success with Virtual XP. It has crashed causing me to lose many hours of work with Freehand several times. Good Luck! You may prefer to upgrade Family Tree Maker to a version that likes Windows 7.

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