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How can I run 16 bit programs in Windows 7 64-bit?

Ronin Loki asked on
I am running on Windows 7. Windows 7 will not run16 bit programs, e.g. Dbase III. Windows XP will run 16 bit programs. How can I incorporate windows XP which will run 16 bit programs?
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Marilyn O replied on

Hello Ronin Loki,

16-bit programs can't run on 64-bit windows 7 natively. As ITKnowledge24 stated, if you have Windows 7 professional or ultimate you may be able to run in XP-mode. XP-mode is 32-bit XP sp3.

You might also be able to use your DBase III using a DOS emulator such as DOSBox (it's free):http://www.windowsreference.com/free-utilities/dosbox-free-opensource-dos-x86-emulator-for-windows-linux/ I believe, they have versions for 64-bit and should be able to run your program.

Hope this helps.

 

Sincerely,


Marilyn
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Ken Blake replied on
On Wed, 9 Jun 2010 06:47:42 +0000, Ronin Loki wrote:
 
> I am running on Windows 7. Windows 7 will not run16 bit programs, e.g. Dbase III.
 
 
That's not quite accurate. 64-bit Windows 7 (which must be what you
have) will not run 16-bit programs, but 32-bit Windows 7 will.
 
 
> Windows XP will run 16 bit programs. How can I incorporate windows XP which will run 16 bit programs?
 
 
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
 

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