Ace Ventura “The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program”

Original title: Old game ( Ace Ventura) doesn't work on win 7 64 bit version?

I'm trying to play the old game which I still like it, Ace Ventura; Pet Detective but unfortunately this game no longer works on the windows 7 64 bit version. I tried the DOSBox 0.74 just to check if this could help me but DosBox showed me error that the game requires windows to start. I think  its because the dosbox is made to run only old DOS based game. Anyways, When ever I try to run the application file ( file has an icon but it doesn't now on windows 7) it shows me an error as "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you're running. Check you computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher." Does anybody has idea how I can run this program. I believe the game is 16 bit. Is there anyway to run the 16 bit games on 64 bit windows? 

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After digging a bit around, I found an interesting approach on the DOSBox forums: If you have an old copy anywhere, mount Windows 3.1 in DOSBox (instructions here: http://vogons.zetafleet.com/viewtopic.php?t=9405, read them very carefully) and run "Ace Ventura" from this platform. If you choose the right hardware settings during setup, that may indeed work and won't conflict with the 16-/64-bit gap because DOSBox is a 32-bit program and runs on 64-bit Windows. The long defunct publisher's system requirements for the game were: 486DX2/66 CPU, 4 MB RAM, SVGA graphics @ 256 colors.

It should be noted, however, that this will be quite an effort only to run an old game and will challenge your command line skills and MSDOS knowledge.


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