Unsupported 16 bit application for windows 7 pro

Hello,
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
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  1. If you have Windows 7 Pro you can try to use XP compatability mode. If not, you probably can't run the program. See this post: http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7programs/thread/93a8a175-40fc-4dde-9d23-ef1eb048ff6d/
  2. You'll need to run the app in a Virtual Machine - such as XP Compatibility mode, or VMWare, etc...

    16 bit code will not run in 64 bit Windows: One of the reasons mentioned for this limitation is there are 32 "significant" bits on software 'handles'. A 16 bit app cannot process them, and they can not be shortened without data loss.
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