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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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ITknowledge24 replied on

I am running Window 7 home premium and I am wanting to run Dbase III which is a 16 bit program. Can I partition my hard drive, half windows 7 premium and half windows XP?

Yes you can, run Windows 7 and Windows XP like Dual-boot.
Here is a link: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html
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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.

 

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