Microsoft Windows 7
and Apple MAC Support for
Thanhouser Films: An Encyclopedia and History

Published May 2010


The Thanhouser Films CD-ROM was released in 1995 on Windows 3.1 and has run successfully on subsequent versions of Microsoft Windows (95, ME, XP and Vista). With the release of Windows 7 and 64-bit support, the CD-ROM will install successfully, but it will not run as it is a 32-bit application and is not supported by 64-bit versions of Windows 7; the CD-ROM will install and  run on 32-bit versions of Windows but the video features do not work.


To solve this problem, Microsoft has released with Windows 7 a feature called "Windows XP Mode and Virtual PC." This feature, when installed, utilizes the virtualization features of modern day computers to run legacy applications like the Thanhouser CD-ROM. To run XP Mode you must be running Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate; Windows Home Premium does not support XP Mode. 

You can visit the Microsoft site to read how to download and install the appropriate Virtual PC code and Windows XP Mode.

In order to simplify this process, Thanhouser Company Film Preservation, Inc. has developed a CD-ROM with all the necessary files and step-by-step instructions to install Virtual PC and Windows XP Mode. You may Contact Us and request a CD-ROM with these files and instructions be mailed to you at no cost.

If you are having troubles installing the Microsoft Virtual PC and/or Windows XP, please contact Microsoft Technical Support at 1-800-936-5700.

Once XP Mode is successfully installed, the CD-ROM will work perfectly.

The solution to running the Thanhouser Films CD-ROM on Apple Macs is to install a Virtual PC, install Windows XP, and then install the Thanhouser Films CD-ROM. This has been tested with Parallels Desktop 5 on a MacPro and it works quite well. Visit to download an evaluation copy for free. You will need a copy of Windows XP to install with this option.

Alternately, you can utilize the Apple Boot Camp utility and install a copy of Windows XP. Either method will allow you to install and run the Thanhouser Films CD-ROM.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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