I use Deskam on XP as wel as Win7 no issues on XP at all.... I'm still using Deskam 2000 and DeskNC (DOS) to run the machine... Ancient setup, but I can prep files with my eyes closed, and really like the flexibility that I can get so anal with the cut order/direction/etc and make no extra tool movement to get cuts done fast.
...and Deskam 2000 will not launch on XP past the serial # dialog. The window draws and then the application quits. I've tried pretty much every combination of Compatibility Mode settings I can come up with.
Has anyone actually gotten it to work? I've got the latest version that was downloadable before it disappeared.
I've looked at all kinds of stuff to replace it, and the interface usually turns out to be so much overkill. Even Cut2D which looked really close. After half an hour I couldn't generate a tool path. Deskam you can do DXF to GCode as fast as you can load and save a file. Done.
I wish the source were available ... maybe it's just a library problem that building in a newer compiler would fix. I can't remember the last thing I had that didn't run on XP that was 'Win32' (Runs on Win2000 natively)