I got Gizmos and Gadgets to work on my Vista PC by copying the entire CD to C:/Windows/System32.
After that, open the "ssgwincd" folder, and inside that folder open "ssgwincd" again. Inside the second folder there will be a file called "ssgwincd.exe" right click on it and select properties. In the properties window click on the compatability tab and set the program to run in compatability mode for windows 95 and to run in 256 colors and in the 640x480 window
It should then work for you, but I would suggest putting a shortcut to the program on your desktop so you can find it easier later on.
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The only Voyetra Midi Orchestra Plus software I can know was written for Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Thus there are several reasons for it to be incompatible with Windows 8. First, it was a 16-bit software; the most common Windows 8 installs use a 64-bit OS. This means that the OS has undergone a number of major changes. The installers are completely different (format/way of talking to the OS). The DLLs that communicate between the software and the OS have also changed. The drivers for MIDI devices will be totally different in the modern OS.
The documentation for Voyetra Midi Orchestra is available here: http://www.turtlebeach.com/support/files/241/ . It is a discontinued product and no one at the company that owns it will be writing a new version of the code for Windows 8. I'm not sure this software will work in Windows 7 32-bit. You might be able to use the software in a compatibility mode from a virtual version of XP. For Windows 7 Pro, Virtual PC and the XP mode package are available as free downloads and can be used if your hardware allows. Windows 8 Pro has Hyper-V but requires a licensed version of any Windows OS that you want to use. For non-pro versions of Windows software, you would need to buy a Pro upgrade. The alternative is to obtain another Virtual machine software (VMWare, for example) and a licensed copy of XP or an older version of Windows. (OEM Windows 7 Pro licenses are still available from many computer hardware vendors.)
I hope this helps.
(Many 32-bit device drivers don't work under Windows 8; older software that didn't run under Windows 7 have similar problems.)
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:
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:
You dont need side bar anymore, rightclick anywhere on desktop and goto
gadgets, Add the ones you want, put them where you want (side, top,
anywhere) and thats your gadgets as they were in vista.
If you have installed Windows 7 beta then you must
be aware of the bug that whenever UAC is switched off, Sidebar and
Gadgets in Vista fails to display properly on Windows 7 Desktop. Though
this is not for every machine but many users have reported this problem
that their Sidebar and Gadgets are not working properly.
For older beta
versions of Windows 7 there had been some temporary workarounds for the
same problem. But if you are using Win7 Build 7000.0.081212 then this
can be fixed using a simple registry hack which like in Vista will
Elevate your Sidebar and Gadgets Process. If you know how to
play with you registry Editor then just open regedit.exe
from Run command in Windows 7 and go to KEY HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Sidebar\Settings
From there edit the DWORD value of AllowElevatedProcess
and set it to 1. You don’t need to restart your
Windows 7 computer after this. If your sidebar and Gadgets were not
working properly earlier then they will be fixed instantly.