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Why Won't Win 3.1 Prog Run Under Xp?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:12 PM

Hi, I just downloaded the free Tower Air Traffic Control Simulator from here -
http://www.scenery.org/atc_sims.htm

but I can't get it to run, it's an old (15ish-years) Win3.1 game and it used to run perfectly on my ancient past PCs, but now it doesn't seem to want to run under WinXP Home.
Firstly a message comes up saying it "will only run under EXACTLY 256 colors." (isn't XP 256?)
Secondly another message appears saying "Error - this version of MSVCR is only intended for Win 32s" whatever that means.
If you haven't guessed, I'm PC-illiterate.
Any suggestions?
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Posted 22 August 2007 - 11:16 PM

It might be that the program will not run on an NTFS file system. Some programs just do not run, try running it in DOS box or running Win 3.1 in a VM
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Posted 23 August 2007 - 12:14 AM

You might take a look at this link as a way to: Run Older Programs on Windows XP

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 09:33 PM

No joy (sniffle), I tried the 'Run Older Progs on Win XP' routine but just kept getting an error beep accompanied by this unfathomable message - "Error - this version of MSVCR is only intended for Win 32s", no matter what combination I tried in Win 95/ 98 and 2000..
So I'm at a dead end, I don't know nuffink bout trying DOS boxes or Win 3.1 in a VM and stuff

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 10:18 PM

Everything I am about to say is from memory of Windows 3.1x: Win32s was a download from Microsoft. It was used to add some 32 bit functionality to Windows 3.1. If I remember correctly, support of win32s was discontinued about the time windows 95 was released, as it was included in Win95. I believe the files were included in windows up through the release of Windows ME and 2000. There are several DLLs contained in this subsystem that are no longer supported in windows XP. As this program needs those specific file to run, it fails because the files are not included in XP.
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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:04 AM

Just a shot in the dark, but have you tried the compatibility mode for Windows NT?
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Posted 03 September 2007 - 10:19 AM

Nah, I'm giving up, I'm almost 60 years old and can't figger out these newfangled 'computer' things

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 01:35 PM

I agree with others that it is the file system NTFS.. most or nearly all DOS programs are FAT, and FAT16
Which means its VERY old. have you tried compatability mode??

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 01:38 PM

What's compatibility mode?

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 02:05 PM

Compatibilty Mode is what I posted above in post #3 and you said "No joy (sniffle)".

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Posted 03 September 2007 - 02:20 PM

Oh that, yeah I ran a 'compatibility check' which said something about my system being incompatible, that's why I said "no joy (sniffle)", bin there, dun that..

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 06:14 AM

Here's a link on how to use Compatibility Mode in XP: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/h.../appcompat.mspx

Try it in both Windows 95 and Windows NT. (FWIW - I was able to get the Omar Sharif Bridge game for WFW 3.11 to run in Vista by using the compatibility mode there).
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