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    Default Commander 950 software and Windows 7 64 bit

    I was just wondering if anybody successfully installed the software in a Windows 7 machine in the XP virtual mode?

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    Not Windows 7, but I've successfully used Vista by right clicking on the desktop icon and running the program as an administrator.
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    I'm running it successfully in Windows 7 64 bit, after right clicking and selecting run as administrator.
    Also, successfully running it on a Mac (OS X) with VMware running Windows 7 Professional.

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    Not absolutely sure, but I think it may depend on what version of Whinehozed7 you have. I finally dug out my old ThinkPad T30, which I believe is the last one with a real 9 pin serial port. I run Linux for the few times it ever sees the www, and XtraPutrid for Commander programming.

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    Yeah, some people have success with this, others don't.
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    I just wanted to post up what I have discovered about running Holley Commander 950 software. I have been using it in a Porsche 911 turbo for about 8 years now. In that time, laptops and software have come and gone.

    I started off with a low powered Dell laptop that I got at a second hand store. It was a 32 bit machine running Windows XP Service Pack 3. Old laptops with Windows XP are still out there, and they might even still have a floppy drive and a serial port. The commander 950 software does not require much computing speed or memory, so almost any one will do. Mine lasted 3 years, until the display failed.

    Next up was a nice, newer Toshiba laptop running Windows Vista 32 bit. THE KEY IS THE ADDRESS LENGTH. Windows Vista also came on 64 bit machines. NO 64 BIT MACHINES WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH COMMANDER 950. This computer had a CD drive, but the Commander 950 software can be copied to a CD and installed from there, so this is not a problem. As others have mentioned, you just have to right click and run in Windows Compatibility mode, and everything will be fine. The other hitch was no serial port, so I had to get a USB to Serial adapter. They are available many places (like Best Buy, for instance). The trick with them is to open device manager in Windows control panel, and check which com port number it is assigned to.

    The Toshiba worked for a long time, but it was big, and had poor battery life. So, I pickup up a nice little Acer Aspire One. It came with Windows 7, and at first it was no joy with Commander 950. I figured I was doomed, as this was a 64 bit machine. But is discovered that YOU HAVE TO HAVE A WINDOWS 7 THAT SUPPORTS XP COMPATIBILITY MODE. Usually, the cheapest and easiest way is to get Windows 7 Professional. The other versions like Home will not work. With Windows 7 Professional, you can run Commander 950 in XP Compatibility mode. I still needed the USB to Serial adapter, and this machine did not have an CD ROM drive, so I bought an external one that plugs into a USB port (about $60 at Best Buy).

    Now I have it all, a laptop from this decade that is small in size, has tons of memory, and easy on battery life.

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    From what I've discovered, you can get the Commander 950 Pro software working on Windows 7/8/8.1/10, but it HAS to be 32 bit and ran as Administrator. IT WILL NOT WORK ON 64 bit. The software itself can actually be found on Holley's website, as that's how I acquired the software. Is the laptop that you're currently using actually a 64 bit OS? I tried with multiple operating systems, and which all that had XP compatibility mode, and none of them worked.

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    I'm running Windows XP Mode inside Oracle VirtualBox on Windows 10 host. XP Mode is free from Microsoft on Windows 7.

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