The Australian BDM Digger disks have been a staple research tool for many researchers over the years, but sadly they are now out of print, as much of the information is now online, and the CD software hasn’t been updated to be able to work (easily) on new computers.
So you have these fabulous disks that you still want to use, but they won’t work on your new computer. So what can you do?
Well, one thing that was an option until earlier this year was to buy and download a program called BDM Revival, but sadly the website has closed down, and the program is now unavailable. So the next option is to get yourself a Windows emulation program.
There are various emulation programs out there (just check with your local computer store), but Virtual Box is one that is offered for free (https://www.virtualbox.org/).
Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 are all known to have issues installing the Digger disks. However if you have Windows 7, you can simply use your computer in “Windows XP Mode“, and click on the link for an article showing how to do that.
As for the others, yes you will need either to keep (or find) a computer that has Windows XP on it, or use Windows emulation software. These articles on the How To Geek website on “How to Create and Use Virtual Machines” and “How to Make Old Programs Work on Windows 10” which come complete with step-by-step photos should help you get your emulation software installed and your CDs up and working again.