Possible to run a 32 bit program in 64 bit Windows 7 Pro?

Hi
I've ordered a Thinkpad X220 which here in UK only comes with 64 bit version of windows 7 pro. Problem is that there a couple of programs which i use which only run in 32 bit windows (no 64 bit version available) and they run fine in my existing Win 7 32 bit version...i've tried them on a friend's pc running 64 bit Win 7 Ultimate and they do not work. Is there any way to make these programs work in Win 7 Pro 64 bit on my soon-to-arrive X220? If i downloaded and installed 'Windows XP Mode with Virtual PC" on my X220, would this help in making the 32 bit programs work on my 64 bit Win 7?
Cheers
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Win 7 Pro 64 bit

Phychopomp1,
Windows 7 64 bit is able to run 32 bit programs. However, some programs will have issues.
Have you checked your programs against the Windows 7 compatibility list: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=2394
This should tell you if they are compatible or not with Windows 7 64-bit.
There are compatibility settings that you can try once you have installed the software also. Right click on the shortcut and choose properties, then go to the compatibility tab and try the various OS settings.
If those things fail, then you should try Windows XP Mode (convenience link: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx). This will allow you to install your programs in a virtual copy of Windows XP SP3 using Windows Virtual PC. Once XP Mode is installed, when you install your software into it, you will get a shortcut to use the program from your Windows 7 start menu without even seeing the XP Mode window.
Hope this helps,
David
Windows Outreach Team – IT Pro
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