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KB10004: Tao ExDOS 2009 on Windows 7 64-bit with Virtual PC Windows XP Mode


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Tao ExDOS 2009 products work seamlessly on Windows 7 64-bit versions by using the integrated Virtual PC Windows XP Mode, which is available as a free download from Microsoft. For more information about the Microsoft Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode products, please visit the following Microsoft product page: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx.

Tao ExDOS 2009 supports Windows 7 64-bit using the Windows XP Mode on the following versions:

  • Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Windows 7 Starter and Home Premium versions are not supported by Microsoft Windows XP Mode!

To work with Tao ExDOS 2009 products on Windows 7 64-bit, an installation of Windows XP Mode is required. To install the Windows XP Mode on Windows 7 64-bit, please follow these instructions:

  1. Visit the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode download page:
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8002
  2. Select your version of Windows 7 and the language you wish to use.
  3. Download and install all three components of Virtual PC Windows XP Mode in the following order:
    a. Windows XP Mode
    b. Windows Virtual PC (KB958559)
    c. Windows XP Mode Update (KB977206) - not needed if you are running Windows 7 SP1.
  4. For complete instructions on downloading and installing the Virtual PC components, please consult the Microsoft Support page:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/default.aspx
  5. After the installation procedure has been completed successfully, run the Windows XP Mode:
    a. Go to the Start Menu.
    b. Click on 'All Programs'.
    c. Open the 'Windows Virtual PC' folder.
    d. Run 'Windows XP Mode'.
  6. The Windows XP Mode License Agreement window will be shown. Read the license agreement, enable the checkmark for "I accept the license terms" and click Next.
  7. Enter password for the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode and click Next.
  8. Select whether or not you want Windows XP to turn on Automatic Updates and click Next.
  9. Click Start Setup. The Windows XP Mode setup will begin. This process might take a few minutes.
  10. After the setup procedure is complete, a Windows XP desktop window will be displayed.
  11. To work with printers and network mapping, please set them up inside the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode as you would with any Windows XP installation.
  12. Install the Tao ExDOS 2009 product you wish to use inside the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode window. For complete instructions on Tao ExDOS 2009 installation, please visit our Knowledge Base articles:
    a. KB10001 for Tao ExDOS 2009 Trial Version.
    b. KB10002 for Tao ExDOS 2009 Release.
  13. After the Tao ExDOS 2009 installation and activation procedure has been completed successfully, setup the shortcuts for your DOS applications. Consult the following Knowledge Base article for further help:
    KB10003: Tao ExDOS 2009 First Steps - Setting up a shortcut for a DOS application.
  14. Close the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode window. This will return you to the Windows 7 64-bit desktop.
  15. A new shortcut for 'Tao ExDOS (Windows XP Mode)' should now appear on your Windows 7 64-bit desktop. Any shortcut for DOS software created will appear in this window.
  16. You can now use the Tao ExDOS 2009 product normally on your Windows 7 64-bit installation. No further loading of the Virtual PC Windows XP Mode is necessary, except for setting up additional shortcuts for DOS applications, software updates or to reinstall the software.

The Idea for Solving Problem with DOS and Win16-bit applications under Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2000 and Windows Terminal Servers belongs is Tao Computing SolutionsFor further support, please contact our Support Team.

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