would it be worth trying if "Nova Development Publisher 2.0" would install using Windows 7s Compatibility Mode?
I ask because I notice from http://www.novadevelopment.com/support/updates/ that Nova offered updates for Vista compatibility, and in many ways Vista and Win 7 are similar.
I'm assuming you are using XP at the moment.
Another option, if your proposed Windows 7 is the Professional or Ultimate version, (nothing lower will do), Microsoft offers a free download of "XP Mode", as described here; http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx
Note also in that link the offer of "Virtual PC" where you could install your own XP from within Windows 7.
From what you say I wouldn't try any of that with your "ThePrintShop 123", and in any case I am given to understand that printer drivers may be an issue for older printers, and for 'virtual' OSes.
Having said that, I see from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Print_Shop that Broderbund have issued a Win 7 compatible version, and I see that at their web site; http://www.broderbund.com/c-30-works-with-windows-7.aspx
I hope that gives you some ideas, but if not, I hope others have better ideas.
Moving to Windows 7 64 bit, means new software. I've used Nova Development's Publisher 2.0 and ThePrintShop for years. Nova is letting Publisher 2.0 end, means the loss of years of projects that it seems I cannot open with any other program. ThePrintShop 23.1 has so many problems and such defensive support, seems the writing is on the wall there too.
I use them both to make my work materials, appt cards, brochures, posters... and for art and craft projects
I'm looking for something to use to replace them, have tried PagePlus but it has some limitations, noticeably guides cannot be placed by small increments.
And I would really like to find a software I can count on the be there years from now so I do not have to start all over, or be able to open it with other software.
Is there any such thing?