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32bit software on 64bit XP

by h2o / April 3, 2012 5:54 PM PDT

I have to run a piece of software that carries the warning: only for KSS 5.5, 5.6, 8.x, VSS 8.x and only for WIN XP 32bit.
Unfortunately I have a 64bit XP installation.
If I run the program it crashes. Sad

Is there anybody who knows if I can cheat the software in to thinking it is running on 32bit??

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What is this software?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 3, 2012 9:21 PM PDT

If you have tried installing it as it is and it crashes, then there is no way around that. If we knew the software and where you downloaded it from, there may be clues at their web site for such situations like this.

Have a look at which explains about running 32 bit software on XP 64 bit.

The first paragraph seems to disallow what you want, eg;

"The 64-bit versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and of Microsoft Windows XP use the Microsoft Windows-32-on-Windows-64 (WOW64) subsystem to run 32-bit programs without modifications. The 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 and of Windows XP do not provide support for 16-bit binaries or 32-bit drivers. Programs that depend on 16-bit binaries or 32-bit drivers cannot run on the 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003 or of Windows XP unless the program manufacturer provides an update for the program."

But read on down for possible options.


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by h2o / April 3, 2012 10:33 PM PDT
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I had a look
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 3, 2012 10:44 PM PDT
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I had to change country and language to UK, but it defeated me. I couldn't find anything about System Requirements or similar.

If that Microsoft link doesn't help I feel your last resort is to use their "Contact Us" to see what they say.


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Run around it.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 4, 2012 1:46 AM PDT

Look at Virtual Box to put a virtual 32 bit XP in a VM and run it there. It's possible there is some compatibility mode you can try but our last XP 64 died early this year and now that it's down to no clients use it, we didn't bring it back to life.

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