so i got a trial version of VMware workstation (free vmware player might also work) and found a vm of Windows95 from the link below. So you can run win95 inside the VM on ANY machine, I'm using Win7 64bit. I loaded some programming software that is only 16bit and wont run on anything newer than 95/98. I mapped the com ports on the host PC and the VMware software, i enabled com ports and then went into the win95 vm and ran the "software" and told it to use the same "mapped" com port. Attached to my host PC was a USB adapter (with built in RIB) from ebay under $20 and it worked! Win95 was able to reach through the VM, and reach the radio! I was able to program my GR1225 repeater.
windows 95 vmware ready to run image file...
vmware workstation (paid app, tested and works)
free vmware player: (free, should also work, but i didn't test it)
now i can keep all the programming tools and apps together in one file that is portable and I dont need a special "old school" hardware machine.