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    Win XP hardware and drivers - compatiblity with Win7

    I am still running XP. For a variety of reasons. But primary among them is an old sound recording card that is no longer supported by the manufacturer and the drivers are only for XP. Is there a way to use these old drivers in Win 7? How do I find out safely without a Win 7 install, and then having to revert back to XP if it doesn't work?

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    Wayne, Welcome to the Lounge. Enjoy your stay.

    I would do a couple of things first. Download and run the Win 7 Upgrade Advisor, and visit the Win 7 Compatibility Center. These 2 MS sites may give you some insite.

    When you change to Win 7 (I would suggest a Custom Install rather than Updrade Install) if you choose Win 7 Pro or higher, XP Mode will be available to you. This should allow you to use the old card.
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    Thanks Ted. So the update advisor will run on my XP system?

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    Yes. It was designed to run on Win XP, since most programs that will run on Vista will also run on Win 7.
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    Ted, I regret to say that I lost track of this somehow. But, I did as you recommended. However, the update advisor just runs, for hours and never goes anywhere. like it attempting to load but never does. Any ideas about that?

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    You might be out of luck. First try to uninstall / reinstall the Upgrade Advisor and see what happens. I suspect your old card will not work with Win 7 except very rudimentarily. Win 7 does have lots of generic drivers that work, kind of.

    Is there a chance of replacing that card with a more modern card that will do the job as effectively, or more effectively? How old is the PC? It might be that there is more than just the card that will not play well with Win 7.
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    PC was built in 08. AMD quad core, 4 gig ddr2 (only sees 3 gig in xp pro). There probably are other cards that would work just fine. I'm just trying to be cheap - uh I mean cost conscious!

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    I heard that. Not sure if that will be possible then. Have you actually done a Google search with the card name and drivers to see what pops up? Without more specifics on the card name and model, it's hard to guess more.
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