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Can't run 16-bit Windows Program


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#1 polaris6

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 09:59 AM

I am reinstalling an older program on my PC, XP Pro, SP3, with plenty of RAM and HD space.

I get the error when I try to execute the 'exe' file: Can't run a 16-bit Windows program....because the 'exe file cannot be found, or something like that. I have been working with this issue for 3 days now.

This morning, I tried to run the program on my desktop at home, identical XP setup, EXCEPT SP2, and the exe program works (executes) fine.

Is there anything I can do for/with the XP-3 that will make it work like XP-2, or is this the problem.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 10:40 PM

Have you tried the compatability wizard in XP? Run Older Programs on Windows XP

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#3 polaris6

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 11:07 PM

Yes I have done that.

Also, I have run this program on this laptop in the past. I uninstalled it about a year ago; now I need it again for my teaching responsibilities.

I have installed it last week and ran it on my desktop that has the same XP Pro OS; in fact, I ran it this morning. However, the only difference that I know is that I have not upgraded the desktop OS to the XP:-3 version.

Something is blocking this program from working. I cannot even find an entry in the Event Log when I try to run it on the laptop.

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Posted 13 December 2008 - 11:14 PM

See if this helps:
16bit_fix.exe
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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:39 AM

I tried the 'fix' and it didn't work. I still get the message (on executing the 'exe' file) "Can't find '...exe' (or one of it's components)."....although it is that exe file on which I clicked to get the message in the first place.

I know the file is not corrupted because I have take it (actually the zip file and unzipped it) to another computer (my desktop) and it works fine there, with XP SP2. The problem computer has XP-SP3 installed. I am leary of updating the XP2>>XP3 because I might not have a working computer for this program.

Below is my HiJack Log...for your information.


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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:28 AM

I am still perplexed by this 'problem' and I think it may be much more simple than I suspect, and much more detailed than I am aware.

However, this morning, I unzipped the zip file on my desktop (which produced 22 files); I executed the exe file from the Temp File folder and it worked fine.

I then, copied those 22 files on to a stick memory and plugged it into the laptop. I then tried to execute the exe file on the stick memory from the laptop and it worked fine. I then copied the 22 files from the stick memory to a folder on the c-drive of the laptop and tried to execute the exe file, and ...up comes that message ..Can't run 16-bit Windows program...can't find exe file or one of its components.

Apparently, the laptop computer has no difficulty executing a 16-bit program; it seems to have difficulty executing it from one of the folders that is not in the Program Files Directory.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:50 AM

polaris6,

I moved your HijackThis log to the Misplaced HJT Logs forum.
Please follow all of the directions, posted as a reply.
Here's the link:
Can't run 16-bit Win Program problem

Since you now have a HJT log posted, I'm going to close this topic.

At this point, the HJT Team should be the only members that you take advice from, until they have verified your log as clean.

If, after your log has been cleaned, you still need help, please PM a Moderator and we will re-open this topic.
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