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What is the best way to be able to continue running an only Windows 7-compatible software on a new computer?

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How do I get my Windows 7 computer refurbished, and can I keep everything intact after refurbished?

I have electronic dictionaries on my current Windows 7 computer, and when I buy a new computer with Windows 10 installed I will not be able to use these electronic dictionaries any longer.

An alternative would be to buy a pure Linux computer with only Linux hardware and install Windows 7 on that in a VM and then run my dictionary software in that. Would that be viable, and better or worse solution than getting my current Windows 7 computer refurbished?

Can I get my Windows 7 computer refurbished by vising a Dell support center?
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Ok, but it would not work to copy and paste the VM to a Windows 10 machine, right? Because the hardware does not support Windows 7? So if a Linux computer hardware support Windows 7 then I could use that option only.
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That is good news, thanks! Then I have nothing to worry about as long as I use a Windows 7 VM in the new Windows 10 computer.

But it is true that I can not run the electronic dictionary software directly in Windows 10, because this software company just told me that. They have cancelled their whole agreement with the publisher of these electronic dictionaries so they do not maintain them any longer. That is the reason they will not work when used directly in Windows 10.
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Who remembers XP mode for Windows 7 aka Hyper-V...
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XP mode in only for Windows 7. VMware Workstation runs regular XP machines.
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It was sort of regular Hyper-V machine
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Thanks, I will probably go for the VM option to a new machine then.
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Thanks for the update.

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