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    Is there anything (relatively) simple that I can do when I'm told that something is "not a valid Win32 application" to make it run? It is an old disc, from the Windows 95 and 98 days. Why wouldn't it run on a newer computer?


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    If you are using Vista or Windows 7, try right clicking on the .exe and selecting "Compatibility for Windows 95/98" and running it as an administrator.


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    I tried running it as an administrator and tried 'troubleshoot compatibility,' tried different combinations...nothing worked. ugh. Thanks though.
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    Hey Alex,

    If its an older program it is saying that because it was written for a 16 bit OS, whereas modern OSes are 32 or 64 bit. To get around that, and still have your program run, you need a 16 bit emulated environment.

    There is a great free DOS emulator called DOSBox

    It's free and seems to work pretty well for most things (Especially older games!). There are others out there too, but this is the one I am most familiar with.

    Hope this helps!

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    Seems like a bit much for me to handle... Is much computer skill/knowledge required or is it more something that runs in the background and allows older software to be used?
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    It's a program that you run which opens a DOS-like window - just like if you were running the command prompt. It gives you a prompt - you type in the name of the game/program you want to run, and it should execute with no problem inside of the DosBox program. No major skills required.

    I haven't used it in a while, but if I recall correctly it was pretty cut and dry.
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    ok, I've downloaded and installed it but I'm having some difficulty. If my disc drive is E, do I type something like E:\ <insert program name here> ? If that's it, how do I find the correct name to type in?
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    here's a tutorial for mounting the drive in DOSBox - let me know if you need more help than this guide can provide.

    BTW what game is it that you want to run?
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    I got to the step where you switch over to the E drive, but it always says that what I enter after that (cd testdriv in the tutorial) is invalid.

    It's not a game, it's ornithology software.
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    Assuming that the E drive on your computer is your cd rom drive...

    so you do this:

    MOUNT E E:\ -t cdrom

    The you type in e: and hit enter

    Does the mount command generate any errors?

    also cdrom is case sensitive, and needs to be all lowercase
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    Z:\>MOUNT E E:\ -t cdrom
    MSCDEX installed.
    Drive E is mounted as CDRom E:\

    Z:\>e:

    E:\>autorun.exe (I guessed on this)
    This program cannot be run in DOS mode.
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    When you get to the E:\> prompt, type in DIR then hit enter. That will list the files on the root of the disc. Instead of Autorun look for a setup.exe or install.exe, or if it doesnt need to be installed, look to see if you can find the main executable file (usually the name of the program)
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    When I do "E:\>INSTALL.EXE" it returns "E:\>win INSTALL.EXE"

    Hitting enter gives "Illegal command: win."
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    I have to admit, that's a new one to me. I've never seen a program amend its own command before.. I'll do some research and see what I can dig up.
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    Thanks, I'd appreciate it. Not a really big deal if you can't help though. It's just that this software was given to me and I'd love to be able to run it since it would cost a bit to buy updated software of this sort.
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    Do you maybe have access to VMware or other Virtualisation software? You could install Dos 5 on it and run your program from there.
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    I'd say no unless it's freeware. If it is I might take a look at it...
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    Check out Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007.
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/e...displaylang=en

    Or
    Windows Virtual PC (depends on the OS you are currently running, only works on Windows 7)
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/e...9-2545B08E11DD

    You will need the OS disks for whatever OS the software needs to run on. This will create a virtual PC under your existing OS that will allow you to run legacy software.

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