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Unsupported 16 bit application for windows 7 pro

Last response: in Windows 7
September 20, 2010 4:00:13 PM

i brought a new system Dell Inspiron N 5010. When i am trying to open a dos based program, it is showing unsupported 16 bit application. It is advicing to take support from the vendor of the software to ask the 64 bit windows compatible version. i dont have the vendor details. pls help
a b $ Windows 7
September 21, 2010 1:29:32 AM

You may be able to run it in XP compatibility mode. But even XP could not run many older 16-bit applications; those were run under the dos-based Windows (95-ME).
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September 21, 2010 9:42:34 PM

If everything else fails you could try and run the 16bit application in a virtual machine.
a b $ Windows 7
September 21, 2010 10:50:04 PM

Windows 7x64 will not run 16bit applications, you need to be running windows 7 x86 (32bit) to run 16 bit applications.

Windows runs 16bit applications using wow.exe emulator (same as wow32.exe for 32bit applications in windows x64) but there is no support for wow.exe in x64.

Bets advice given, install virtual pc and run Xp with 16bit application.

What is the application?
September 22, 2010 3:33:00 AM

Download a program called Dosbox.