New Win7 laptop won't run a very needed program!

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by RASelkirk, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Hi All,

    My new Toshiba L675 laptop came with Win7 Home Premium. I tried formatting and loading my old 32-bit XP Pro (and it actually loaded) but my dated (Stomp) backup program refused to work so I was in the "start over" boat anyways. I went back with the Win7 and have since found that my $4500 Roland vinyl printer/cutter is no longer compatible. Neither the program nor the drivers will load. I've tried all kinds of compatibility stuff and nothing...

    Would I be better off trying Win7 Pro's XP mode or going for a dual boot?

    Would either of these options even let me load my program/driver on a 64-bit system?

    Thanks!

    Russ
     
  2. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    I'd go with XP Mode.
    Because it works in the background yet the devices (USB and Serial) and their software appear as though there installed.
    Where as with multi-boot you always seem to be in the wrong OS.

    BTW, there will be a performance hit.
     
  3. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    #3 RASelkirk, Apr 10, 2011
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    So you think this stuff will install if I'm in XP mode? I've never fooled with it before...

    Hey, I just remembered I have a desktop with 32-bit Win7 Pro. In tried the install on it and it appeared to work, so I'm guessing the "64-bit" is the problem... New question: Can I somehow convert or rollback the 64-bit on my laptop to the 32 bit version? It has a 64-bit processor, is the "bit" of the OS something I can control or does MS make that (yet another) choice for me?

    Russ
     
  4. urie

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    You can't rollback you need to do fresh install of x86 version.
     
  5. ZaForD

    ZaForD MDL Expert

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    Yeah, it works well, slow in alot of cases.
    And its limited to Serial and USB devices, not LPT.
     
  6. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Got it to work!

    I ended up with a dual-boot Win7/XP machine. Only a few small snags, my 'puter is an AMD x64 Turion so XP doesn't recognize some devices and no drivers are available for them. But I have enough functionality to run my printer and that's what matters.

    I do have another question though... XP will bluescreen every time unless I "flip a switch" in my BIOS that sets my SATA controller to "compatibility" mode. I haven't really seen a change in Win7 when it's like this, but I'm surely taking a performance hit. Is there a program that I can write into a shutdown/startup batchflie that will flip the BIOS bit so I don't have to keep remembering?

    Thanks!

    Russ
     
  7. urie

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