Running Microcat under Windows 7 64-bits





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    Default Running Microcat under Windows 7 64-bits

    Microcat albeit being a program that gets updated on a monthly basis, still runs on an obsolete 16-bit application.

    32-bit operating systems (e.g Windows XP) have a 16-bit subsystem under which 16-bit applications run seamlessly.

    The more recent 64-bit operating systems (e.g. Windows 7 64-bits) although include a 32-bit subsystem under which most applications run, no longer feature a 16-bit subsystem. This in essence renders Microcat as well as other 16-bit applications unusable under 64-bit OSs.

    There’s however a few ways around this. Microsoft offers a package called “Windows XP Mode” that allows to create within Windows 7 a 32-bit native system that includes a 16-bit subsystem, i.e. Windows XP running within Windows 7 64-bits. On top of XP Mode one must install “Windows Virtual PC” from within the 16-bit applications can be run. This however did not work in my particular case (Microcat would not install or eventually run) and was forced to look out for another alternative. The solution was found to be VMware player, and this post details the necessary steps as to set up a Windows XP Virtual Machine within Windows 7 64-bits, so that either Microcat or any other 16-bit application can be successfully run in a Windows 7 64-bit OS. Additionaly VMware Tools has other benefits such as a working bi-directional clipboard & other features


    To start with, get Windows XP Mode from Microsoft (~480Mb):
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx

    Proceed to install Windows XP Mode:






    Following that, download VMware Player; this software is totally free yet registration is needed to be able to download it:
    http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/d...are_player/3_0

    Install VMware Player:
















    Reboot Windows 7. The VMware Player icon should now appear in the desktop:


    Run VMware Player:


    Import Windows XP Mode into VMware (-> File -> Import Windows XP Mode VM):




    A new Virtual Machine called Windows XP Mode now appears in VMware. Play the said Virtual Machine:


    VMware starts the Windows XP Virtual Machine for the first time...


    And installs Windows XP:






    Choose computer name & password:






    At some point during the Windows XP installation a message will pop up asking to download & install VMware Tools which is to be done:






    Windows XP already installed and running, VMware Tools being installed:








    Restart (shut down Windows XP not Windows 7)


    Run VMware and plat the Windows XP Mode Virtual Machine




    Windows XP starting up within VMware




    Windows XP running from within Windows 7 64-bits via VMware player


    As it stands Windows XP can only access files within the Virtual Machine environment, a sort of image file stored within Windows 7. For Windows XP to be able to access files within Windows 7, a virtual shared folder needs to be set up. Go to Virtual Machine Settings:


    Then to Options -> Shared Folders


    Enable Shared Folders:


    Add the folder to be shared:



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    This is how the shared folder is seen from Windows Explorer within the Windows XP Virtual Machine:


    At this point Microcat can be installed hassle less...


    Microcat running on Windows XP Mode / WMware under W7 64-bits:


    After some more tweaking (XP autologon, Microcat autorun, desktop shortcut to the Microcat instance and assigning of Microcat icon) a dedicated icon can be created that will run VMware, XP and Microcat all at once on just a ‘single’ double-click.





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    Default Sticky this!

    Matt - thanks a ton for the headsup. I'm running exactly 7 64bit so this tutorial will be a great help!

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    I can not comment on "Microcat", but VMWare player is the best VM I have ever used. (I see V4 is available... will download tomorrow at the office)

    Copy, Paste between virtual machines is a like... um.. just copy and paste. (Even between Windows and Linux).

    The Unity mode is super!
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    Default must to have profetional 64bit

    Hi
    I have home premium 64bid AND CANT DOWNLOAD WIN XP MODE!
    THANKS
    Last edited by Dirk; 2012/08/19 at 11:10 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpetro17 View Post
    Hi
    I have home premium 64bid AND CANT DOWNLOAD WIN XP MODE!
    THANKS
    Hi dpetro

    you will have to get Win7 Professional or Ultimate 64bit then
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    Thank you very much Mturri.

    Your posting is brilliant!
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