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How can 16 bit or 32 bit programs run in Windows 7?

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August 3, 2012 2:59:04 AM

I AM TRYING TO OBTAIN PDF BOOKS FROM A 16 BIT DOWNLOAD SERIES OF *.EXE PROGRAMS BUT THESE WILL NOT OPERATE ON WINDOWS 7 ULTIMATE.
THESE PROGRAMS CONTAIN AS MANY AS 200 OR MORE PDF FILES WHICH I NEED TO CONTINUE WRITING MY BOOK.

IS THERE ANY WAY TO DOWNLOAD THESE OR DO I NEED TO GO TO SOME OTHER COMPUTER OPERATING WINDOWS XP? I HOPE NOT AS THIS THEN REQUIRES ME TO TRANSFER THESE *.PDF's "BY HAND", IN LARGE QUANTITIES WITH LARGE MEGA/TERABYTE PDF's!

MY EMAIL IS

Edwin Doerr

THANKS FOR ANY AND ALL ASSISTANCE.
August 3, 2012 3:16:57 AM

Most likely the EXE file is only to make browsing pdf's easier
those pdf files probably in folder where the program was installed and you can look at them manually
if program is not compatible it most likely impossible to make it run on win 7,
August 3, 2012 3:20:18 AM

Take your email off the site. You'll get answers here, and if you leave it up you may be spammed.
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August 3, 2012 9:18:59 AM

Well as said the .exe could just be a viewer or it could be a decompressing utility. Can you run it in compatibility mode?

As you are running Windows 7 Ultimate you can go to Microsoft and download Windows XP Mode which will run a virtual XP machine, might get access that way.
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August 3, 2012 12:04:16 PM

Win 7 x64 and Vista x64 can not run 16 bit applications. 32 bit applications run fine under a 64 bit OS.

The pdf's are fine and will work.
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August 3, 2012 12:11:22 PM

I have good news for you. You only need 8 bits to represent the entire extended ASCII character set including both upper and lower case letters!
August 3, 2012 12:35:40 PM

That is why I build a retro gaming pc. Maybe you should do the same:)  NFS1 SE is awesome!
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