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A newsletter reader wrote recently, asking about a rather common problem. She asked, "I am unable to reinstall the CD-ROM disks of the New England Historic and Genealogical Register on my new computer which runs on Windows 7. Is there an update for the installation or a new installation program available? I would hate to have to give up this valuable aid."
In fact, the New England Historic and Genealogical Register on CD-ROM disks and many other older programs were created back in the days of Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, or other versions of Microsoft's operating system. Over the years, numerous upgrades have been released for Windows, and compatibility with older versions of the operating system has not always been maintained for every option and feature. In other words, if you try to install older programs on a newer version of Windows, you may hit the same problem my correspondent encountered: it won't work.
Most programs designed for Windows Vista will work properly in Windows 7. Many older programs will also work properly, but not all of them will do so. Luckily, there is a fix for Windows 7. In fact, there are at least three separate fixes. I'll call them the "Easy Fix #1," the "Easy Fix #2," and the "Not So Easy Fix #3." If the easy fixes don't solve the problem, the more complex fix is almost guaranteed to do so.
The fixes I am about to describe will fix the problem with older genealogy products as well as older games and other Windows programs designed for use with Windows 98, Windows 95, or other versions of Windows.
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