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Hello - You have the idea of the nature of 32/64 bit operating systems somewhat confused. 32-bit does not mean it is inherently downwardly compatible with 64-bit. To the contrary, much 32-bit software is not compatible.
64-bit versions of Windows try automatically to run in a 32 bit compatibility mode called WOW64. It couldn't work with Arcview. The actual problem with 3.x is that it has a 16-bit installer and no 16-bit software will run on a 64-bit OS. I checked at the ESRI website and the issue has not been fixed.
If Arcview is essential for you to run then it could be addressed by making your system dual boot between 32/64 bit Windows versions.
You need to read the case that the CD came in. It will list 'system requirements". I bet that the game is written in 32 or 16 bit language and windows 7 is 64 bit and it is not "backwards" compatible, meaning that it won't run a 16 or 32 bit program.
i think the problem is with compatibility with your OS. first, u need to check that your windows 7 is installed with 32bits or 64bits system. second, check your game compatibility (is it compatible with 32bits, 64bits, or both. if your OS installed with 64bit then your game only compatible with 32bits so the game will not work, and the contrary.
my opinion (probably wrong): maybe your win 7 is installed with 64bits and your game only support 32bits system, so you need get another 'scratches' game that support 64bits. another solution (worst scenario), try to installing your win 7 with new win 7 with 32bits system.:)
System Requirements Windows: 98/ME/2000/XP; Pentium II 266MHz (Pentium II 300MHz or faster for XP); 64 MB RAM (128 MB RAM for XP); 100 MB HD; 12x CD-ROM drive; 16-Bit color; Windows compatible sound card
If you are installing on a newer OS ie Vista, or Win 7, due to software incompatibility the software might not install, or even you can install the software might no work.
You can try using the "compatibility mode" in Vista or Win 7 to install the programs as "administrator" but no guarante this will work.
Alternatively, you can get a newer version which is compatible to your Operating System.
unfortunately no, windows 64 bit doesn't support 32 bit or 16 bit applications so you should call the support number or go online to return the unsupported edition for a 64 bit edition (if they have one). Hope this helps.