.Dear Computer Lady,
I am now running Vista on my older computer and an old Pfaff program 3D File Assistant will not run on Vista and will not run on Windows 7 or 8 ( this is the only way to get embroidery designs from my computer to my Pfaff machine) it runs fine on Windows XP so I am thinking of installing virtual Windows XP on my Vista machine and possibly on any new computer that I might have to purchase in the future.
Are there any reasons for not doing this?
I am fairly computer literate and this is something I think I can do, but I have never done before so I don’t know the pitfalls.
I think your newsletter is great, I have learned a lot.
Before you decide to use Windows XP mode in Windows Virtual PC, you need to make sure your computer meets the system requirements, otherwise it won’t work correctly even though you might be able to download and install them.
According to the Microsoft website, you need to be running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate edition. Windows 7 Home edition won’t work.
I did however, find a website with excellent directions for installing Virtual PC on Vista at:
This should allow you to continue to use your embroidery software, but remember that the virtual XP will not be updated after April 8th either. I would suggest that you only run the virtual XP when you need to, and disconnect from the internet while using it.
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