Windows 7 forum: Can I run my current Windows XP software programs on Windows 7?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) August 21, 2009 12:19 PM PDT

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Can I run my current Windows XP software programs on Windows 7?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 8/21/09 12:19 PM

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Can I run my current Windows XP software programs on Windows 7?


Hi CNET, I'm planning to upgrade to a new desktop when
Windows 7 becomes available. But I have a lot of programs on
my current XP Home system that I want to continue running.
Some of them are fairly new, and I don't want to pay to
upgrade all of them. I've heard about some sort of XP
virtualization program on Windows 7 that will allow me to run
XP programs. Is this true? Could someone explain to me how
this works? Would it allow me to run my current programs on
a new system? If this isnt the case, is there anything I
can do to run my current XP programs on Windows 7 or am I out
of luck? Thanks!

--Submitted by Bryan from Wilmington, Del.

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
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members have contributed to this question.

XP programs on Windows 7... --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3108559#3108559

Windows XP program compatibility --Submitted by RyGuy121
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3108645#3108645

Running older programs on XP... --Submitted by Wolfie2k5
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3108752#3108752

Most newer software will work --Submitted by ramarc
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3108531#3108531

Most XP programs will work in Win 7 --Submitted by buckstermcgee
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19411_102-0.html?messageID=3108639#3108639

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