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.
What manufacturer is it? I ask b/c some vendors have universal drivers, and it may work for the plotter & OS
its a golden machine 720, got it sorted by using an old laptop on xp!
Thanks for the feedback!
if you can instal the driver and plotter then Try to run the plotter in the windows xp compatibility mode
Workaround to Install Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Home Premium and Home Basic
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.