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How to install legacy application in Windows 2008 or newer environment

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I've got an old piece of software, that is actually the client installation for our ERP system.  It's no longer supported by the manufacturer (for product updates), the last OS I've been able to install it on is Windows 2003 Server SP2.

I am unable to install it in Windows 2008, I receive the following
"You are installing on a version of Windows ( Win32s Service Pack 2 ) that is unsupported"

Are there any tricks out there to get an application to think it's installing in an older version of windows outside of using Compatibility mode?  How about application servers?  Is there a way I can publish this to a Windows 2008 box from a hosted Windows 2003 server?
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by:ckluka
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This won't work for a number of reasons.

Windows 2003 server is based on the "windows XP" generation of kernel code. It has various things in it.

Windows 2008 server is based on the "vista" generation of kernel code. It has various *other* things in it.

If compatability mode (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-windows) doesn't work for you, then you are probably SOL.

If you *require* the ERP system you are referring to, why not just install a Windows Server 2003 virtual machine and install the ERP code inside that VM?
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by:jmchristy
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Yes, compatibility mode did not work for me.  I tried it a number of different ways - it almost seems like it's a software limitation where it's checking for an OS version.

Is there no way to use Microsoft Application Compatibility Tool Kit to work around it?

That is what I am doing currently, I have our ERP system loaded in a virtual Windows 2003 terminal server and users access it via RDP.  I was just looking at ways of pushing that to the users desktop using Remote App or something similar to improve the end user experience.
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We went ahead and found a product called 2X Application Server.

This allows you to push any applications that are stuck in Windows Server 2003 to your Windows 7 or higher clients, and work similar to RemoteApp.
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No other solution was provided, I found my own.
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