Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit?
And what edition of Windows 7: Home, Premium, Ultimate, Enterprise, Pro?
I'm building a new PC with Windows 7 Pro. I'm expecting that I will need to run FM7 in "XP Mode" (XP32 emulation, a free download for Ultimate, Enterprise or Pro, but not available for Home or Basic).
Actually, you have two challenges.
One is FM7, which I'm going to guess won't run properly on a 64-bit OS. As far as I know, you can get XP Mode for Ultimate. You do need a CPU with hardware virtualization for optimal performance. All recent 64-bit AMD chips (since 2006 or so) have "AMD-V" available. Whether Intel "VT" is present and not fused off on your Intel CPU is less certain. XP Mode also costs 1GB of physical RAM I hear, so I'm installing 16.
The other issue is Acrobat. You probably have Acrobat 5.x, which also is very unlikely to run in 64-bit Windows.
Can FM7 running in XP Mode print/save-to a later Acrobat (say, IX) running in native 64-bit? Interesting question.
It's apt to be a couple of weeks before I have personal experience with all this, as the new PC parts haven't arrived yet, and I'm still running FM7/Acro5 on XP32 SP3. I'm assuming that I will need to install both FM7 and Acro5 in XP32 emulation on Win7P/64.
Perhaps other users can comment.
You'll be able to get it to run in 32-bit mode, but there will be
I wouldn't want to trust an antique program that's five revisions old
running on an operating system that it was NOT designed to run on with my
company's docs -- if you're getting new systems it's time to update and
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> I wouldn't want to trust an antique program that's five revisions old running on an operating system that it was NOT designed to run on with my company's docs ...
Well, in my case it's for home use, but as I bring up the new Win7Pro64 PC, there are some things people might need to know about XP Mode:
- It's on the same support life as XP itself, so there will be no security updates after 2014-04 or so. This may not be a problem if, in XP mode, you never surf the net, read PDFs, play Flash, or open other file types commonly used as malware mules.
- XP mode may not be available for download at some point in the near future (it is not bundled with the Windows 7 versions that permit it). If you think you'll ever need it, act soon. It is a full XP install, by the way, so it's huge.
- XP mode is not supported in Window 8 (yet another MS footgun blast on Win8), but reportedly can be hacked into working. You can still buy Win7 retail and OEM versions if you're building your own PC, as I'm doing, but from PC brands, you usually have to select from their business product lines to get Win7 or an option to downgrade to Win7.
I suspect I'll have more to report as I bring up various bits of legacy code in XPM.
If Adobe doesn't footgun the TCS licensing on FM12, I'm likely to upgrade to it at home.