(10-04-2014, 05:41 PM)justMongo Wrote: I run Windows 7, 64 bit. MS gutted the 16 bit part of the OS for 64 bit versions while retaining the 32 bit backward compatibility.
I have some old programs written in FORTRAN and compiled with a 16 bit compiler. All worked fine on my former XP 32 bit machine.
Can I setup a 32 bit virtual XP OS on my windows 7, 64 bit machine.
I have a virgin copy of 32 bit XP Pro.
(Not a dual boot -- just a virtual machine inside the Win7 OS shell.)
If your Windows 7 is the "Professional" version, there is a free tool for it called "XP Mode". This tool sets up a Virtual Machine, and installs a copy of 32-bit Windows XP in it. XP Mode does not come preinstalled or even on the installation media, you must download it yourself, but there is no additional licensing charge for it, or for the virtualized copy of XP. You can then install applications to the XP as you wish. If you have an application installed in XP Mode that you use frequently, you can place an icon for it on the Win7 Desktop that will automatically start the VM, and then launch the application when you activate the icon.
As an alternative, you can install VMware Workstation from the VMware folks, and load any OS into it you wish, including DOS. VMware Workstation is not free, but I think you can find it fairly inexpensively, especially if you watch for specials. At my company, we have long experience with VMware products, and find them exceptionally stable, predictable, and perform well.
As another option, VMware distributes VMware Player for free. It can run VMware VMs, but not create them. If you can come up with a way to create a VM, then you can use VMware Player to run it similarly to VMware Workstation. If you are interested in this avenue, PM me and I'll be happy to discuss it.
Hope this helps.