Personally I wouldn't do it that way - as you then don't get the advantages 64 
bit windows offers with being able to address more RAM - in 32 bit Windows you 
can only use a couple of GB. With a busy PC, big documents, big graphics, video 
etc you can easily use more than 2GB of memory.

The pro editions of Windows 7 offer an "XP Mode" for running old applications 
(Basically it runs them inside a virtual machine of Windows XP - but 
transparently, once you've set it up, you just click the program's icon to 
launch it like any other, and it appears to be running in Windows 7, and can 
access your Win7 filesystem seamlessly).  I've never yet encountered an 
application that couldn't work in XP mode like this, even 16 bit (!) ones 
designed to run on Windows 3.1. 



Message: 9
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 09:57:44 -0800
From: Robert Lauriston <>
To: Carrie Baker <>,
        "" <>
Subject: Re: Compatibility of old(ish) Software with Windows 7
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Install Windows 7 32-bit rather than 64-bit, fewer potential
compatibility problems.

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