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    Virtual PC - XP Mode

    I need one staff member to be able to run a clunky old 16-bit app, which really doesn't play ball in Win7, even under with Compatibility Mode. Virtual PC XP Mode would appear to do what I need - what (if any) are the potential problems with using this?

    What kind of system spec should I look at using it under? He isn't going to be doing anything resource-hungry in XP Mode (and isn't a heavy user in Win7 either, come to that).

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    Don't get your hopes up too high. Most of the ancient programs used at my schools worked in XP Mode, but some of them just wouldn't play ball.

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    Well, it is worth a shot, as the only other option is a very expensive upgrade to a new version of the software, and that has already been turned down.

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    You just need make sure the box supports virtualisation (normally a bios setting) and that the win7 version is high enough (pro or above IIRC)

    Other than that it's not really very hungry at all, we use it for a few old clunkers here and it does the job

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