Looking to upgrade to Windows 7 from XP? Worried about being able to use your existing software? So was this reader. Our Helproom Expert was happy to help.

QUESTION I'm considering buying a Windows 7 PC, but I know the 64bit version doesn't support Clipper or Quicken 2000 Deluxe. Is the 32bit edition compatible? Bob Cowell

HELPROOM ANSWER You're correct, Bob. Clipper is a 16bit MS-DOS program, as are the programs it creates, and these are not supported in a Windows 7 64bit environment. There's no such restriction in the 32bit edition, but be aware that your PC will be limited to around 3.5GB of usable RAM if you go down this route.

Regarding Quicken 2000 Deluxe, the Windows 7 Compatibility Center notes that an upgrade is recommended for use with the OS.

The update can be downloaded from quicken.intuit.com/support. An upgrade is also available to make the application work in Windows 7 64bit.

If you opt for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate or Enterprise editions, you'll be able to run legacy apps in Windows XP Mode. This is a virtualised XP installation, and any programs that work in that OS will continue to do so here – including Clipper.

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