How can I use an old plotter in Windows 7 or another free operating systems with Windows XP drivers?

paul April 26, 2011
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I have an old plotter, the drivers and programs only work on Windows XP. Are there any freeware operating systems that I can run them on? I don’t have Windows XP now, and cant download virtual XP onto Windows 7 Home Premium.

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  1. Mil Mar
    April 30, 2011 at 5:34 am

    What manufacturer is it? I ask b/c some vendors have universal drivers, and it may work for the plotter & OS

    • It-rescue
      May 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      its a golden machine 720, got it sorted by using an old laptop on xp!

      • Tina
        May 3, 2011 at 6:23 am

        Thanks for the feedback!

  2. Anonymous
    April 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    if you can instal the driver and plotter then Try to run the plotter in the windows xp compatibility mode
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows

    Workaround to Install Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Premium and Home Basic
    http://keznews.com/6587_Workaround_to_Install_Windows_XP_Mode_in_Windows_7_Home_Premium_and_Home_Basic

  3. Roy
    April 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Your Windows XP drivers aren't likely to work with any OS besides Windows XP, unfortunately. However it's possible that you might find a free OS that has its own drivers for the plotter. If it's and old and obscure piece of equipment though, there might not be a lot of driver support for it. Still, it doesn't hurt to try.

    Download Ubuntu or any other Linux distro with good community support, run it from a live CD and see if it can use that hardware. Or google it - search for the model number of the plotter and Ubuntu, for example. You'll have a good chance of finding some information about compatibility that way.

    Another option might be to use virtualization software like VMWare or Virtual Box and run XP that way.

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