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HOW DO I FORMAT MY WINDOWS XP LAPTOP

I HAVE MANY GAMES THAT WORK W/WINDOWS '98. IS THERE SOME WAY TO PROGRAM MY COMPUTER TO ACCEPT 1998 OR OLDER GAMES?

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They do not work in XP? They should, if not, sometimes you can run the compatibility wizard by going to Start-->Program Files-->Accessories-->Program Compatibility Wizard

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I'll start with a few issues that might or might not be relevant but do need to be considered and eliminated.

I will assume that this game is in the PC Format required for use with computers, rather than Games Consoles and is compatible with Windows XP and is not an older program designed for use with older Operating Systems such as Windows 95, 98, ME or 2000 or for only other, newer Operating Systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux or Mac OSX. I will also assume it is stored on a genuine original disc rather than a copy of one.

It is likely that it is one of a certain type of games which can only be played with the Disc in the computer. The original discs of such games can rarely be copied successfully and when copied discs are used, they tend to produce exactly the same results you describe.

Instead of inserting the disc when requested, leave the disc in the computer and start the game with disc already inside, ready for XP to immediately recognise and access it without any delay.

If this doesn't solve the problem > uninstall the game and all its components completely from the computer > start > control panel > add or remove programs >click once to highlight the game's program > Uninstall > yes > OK > shut down > restart the computer > check that the read surface of the disc is clean and unscratched, wiping the read surface of the disc in a gentle, slow, circular motion, using a slightly damp paper towel, if necessary > install the program again carefully and methodically, looking out for tick box options you may have missed during previous installations, especially any alternative option that allows you to choose whether to access the game's files from the disc during play or, alternatively, to do so from the computer - if so, choose computer > Restart the computer > leaving the disc inside the computer, test the game again > to remove the last doubt, test the game without the disc in the computer.

Good luck!

I hope this helps.

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I don't know if there's an upgrade available, but I really doubt you'll be able to run the program under Win7. The easiest way (and it's still not easy) to run older (win 95/98) programs under XP or windows 7, is to install microsoft virtual pc:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

This will let you install an older version of windows under your current operating system. Its the easiest way i've found of being able to play older games/run older programs.

If this seems like too much of a chore, look for freeware versions of similar programs that will run under Win7. Here's just a few:

http://download.cnet.com/Piano-FX-Studio/3000-2133_4-10394113.html
http://mustech.net/2007/06/12/midipiano-freeware-midi-piano-player-synth-and-more
http://www.pianoeletronico.com.br/index-en.html

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Unfortunately, the Hebrew Tutor from QuickVerse was written for older Windows OS versions. It supports: Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, or NT 4.0. The changes in the Windows OS over time has made the installer totally different and the program isn't signed for a 64-bit OS. http://www.quickverse.com/shopfiles/product_details.asp?ID=41011 has the support details.

There are two possible ways to work around the issue. The first is to try to install the program (and then run it) in the compatibility mode. This may work but often doesn't. Right click on the installer (from the CD's directory) and choose Properties. Then go to the Compatibility tab and chose Run this program as compatible with XP. Save and close the properties box. Then right click again on the installer and choose Run as Administrator. If it installs, repeat the compatibility process on the program itself.

The solution most likely to work is to use a computer with the compatible OS versions. This could be a physical second computer, a dual-boot machine or a virtual computer. If you have Windows 7 Pro or Ultimate, you can run the virtual computer with XP for free. Download and install Virtual PC and XP mode (in order) from Microsoft. For other setups, you will need a licensed version of the older Windows OS. Virtualization packages include Virtual PC, Parallels and VMWare. Then install the Hebrew tutor as you normally would to an XP computer. (Note: virtual computers do not share hardware with the real computer. You can only install a printer to one machine at a time. You can share files by saving them to external media (optical RW disc or flash drive for example).)

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