My computer has XP mode on it and the windows 7 is the professional version. What is your reference to a "virtual machine"?
Hello and welcome, my name is XXXXX XXXXX I will assist you to the best of my ability. Just as the first professional said, there are several ways to work around this issue. You can go to the link below and download Windows Virtual PC. This way you can then install your program into a virtual machine on your main Windows 7 PC. Once you download and install the program, you can then create a virtual PC environment. Please see these videos and this tutorial for beginners. It will tell you everything you need to know. This is not a guarantee that your program will still work, however, if you've use the program on a Windows XP machine as you've stated before, it should be fine. Of course, you're always welcome to come back for assistance, should you need it. Thanks, Juliene
Virtual PC: https://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
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Beginner's Tutorial: http://www.howtogeek.com/56158/beginner-how-to-create-a-virtual-machine-in-windows-7-using-virtual-pc/
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Okay. Let me see if I already have the "virtual" capability because I noticed something when I was searching around after the response from the other technician. I will watch the tutorial and the video and then try copying the program from the program files to whatever new folder is suggested.
One immediate question is will the computer run in some virtual environment for everything or just Schedule Plus?
Hello, no, it will not run in a virtual mode all the time. Only for those programs you wish to run. There are some individuals/companies that may use virtual machines all the time, and it will be fine if that's what you wish to do, however, most of the time, it's just to run the occasional program for home users. The virtual machine will have to be turned on and shut down by you, so that's the only time it will run. Thanks, Juliene
I'm not a home user. This is a business machine. I get the sense that when I attempt to open Schedule Plus, it will open in the virtual machine mode. Then when I close Schedule Plus, I will automatically be in the Windows 7 environment. Is this an accurate characterization?
Okay. Sounds like there are several steps involved in accessing and then switching back to Windows 7. It also sounds like Schedule Plus is not going to be easily accessible throughout the day in the same efficient way as before. Any way to have the computer just stay in XP mode? I'm confused about why there is an XP mode in a Windows 7 environment--thought it just operated in the background, so to speak so that any program that worked in the XP environment would automatically work on Windows 7.
Hello, yes, there's several steps, please download this MS Word file that I made to show you the machine on my computer. You can do that here.
http://wikisend.com/download/513106/This is where you start up the virtual PC from your real computer.docx
It won't be accessible like before, so you may consider upgrading to another program. The only way to have the computer stay in XP mode would be to stay logged into the Virtual machine all day, but you won't be able to use other programs that might be installed on your Windows 7 machine without installing those programs again to the virtual machine.
Here's how Windows XP mode works. You can read about that here, but it's probably because the program is in its legacy form or discontinued. Have you tried running/installing your Schedule Plus program in XP mode of the program when you install it?
If not, what you will do is right click the icon for the .exe installer of the program, go to "properties", and under properties, go to the "Compatibility" tab and check the boxes, "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" then in the dropdown box choose "Window XP (Service Pack3)". Under "Settings" choose "Disable visual themes" and under "Privilege Level" choose "Run this program as an administrator". Click "Apply" and "OK". Then double click to try and install the program.
Here's a small explanation of Windows XP mode.
There are some other programs out there but I'm not sure how effective they may be. I'll link them anyway so you can look them over.
Open Office I have tried and it works just like Microsoft Office Suite.
You truly are tenacious. I will try opening the exe. file after first making the capatability changes and the other couple of settings that you recommended. I believe that I made the capatability changes after installing the program.
I must say the workings of Windows 7 present challenges that are unexpected. I thought all my back-up files and programs could be transferred and reinstalled as before. No one who sells computers talks about any of these changes with the Windows 7 environment.
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Thank you kindly for the tip, I will receive my percentage. It is greatly appreciated! I understand with the challenges for Windows 7, what's even worst is that they're pushing Windows 8 right now, yet many customers don't know to check if their computer hardware/software are compatible. Then they install the operating system to find out later that it won't work. Unfortunately, the only way to go back to their previous OS is to do a full format and install again. Here's a site that you can bookmark and check on these types of issues should you want to install other programs. Please keep this link bookmarked. Thank you again for the tip and should you need any help in the future, just ask for me by name or bookmark my profile. I will be notified in less than five minutes, unless I'm sleeping and will reply to you immediately. Thanks, JulieneLink to check compatibility:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/compatibility/win8/CompatCenter/Home?Language=en-USIn the upper right hand side of the page you'll see a dropdown box to check for other OS versions such as Windows 7. Profile: http://www.justanswer.com/profile.aspx?PF=69477759&FID=7065Thank you again.
Thanks. I did try the one suggestion you had about making the changes about compatibility before installing the program, but to no avail.
I am stuck, it appears, with using XP mode in a virtual environment. I can only hope that works, given the goofy changes that have been done with the Windows 7 program. I do understand why Microsoft and all the tech companies keep changing their products, but they are fools. You don't fix something that isn't broken.
Now I get to learn how to create a virtual environment and cross my fingers.
Before this is over, I am likely to give an earful to someone at Microsoft and at Dell!
Thanks again for your help.
I totally understand, Carolyn.
Carolyn said, "I do understand why Microsoft and all the tech companies keep changing their products, but they are fools. You don't fix something that isn't broken...Before this is over, I am likely to give an earful to someone at Microsoft and at Dell!"
They keep changing programs and 'improving' them because the technology becomes better about every three months. That's about the turnover rate. So while some specialist are busy building the better processor, etc., the programmers are busy tweaking the programs to work with the new hardware. It will never change. Windows XP was a great OS, however, when they made the new OS's for the new improved hardware, they eventually had to remove support for Windows XP, to free up resources. I'm afraid it will always be this way. I wish you luck on getting that virtual machine up and running, but I'm sure you'll do fine. If you get stuck or need further assistance, please let me know. Thanks and have a great day, Juliene