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    Default Can XP run old WIN 3.1 / Win95 programs?

    Here's the deal,

    My brother gave my daughter a full cdrom set of Spanish lessons, I appreciate his generosity and thoughtfulness in trying to help my daughter but, when I try to run it on our system (XP) I get an install error that says someting like, "C;\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The sytem file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and MS Windows applications".
    Is there anyway around this? She could really use the help.

    Thanks, Jeff

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    Hi - Have you tried Windows Compatibility Mode?

    Using the Windows Program Compatibility mode
    When you use Windows Program Compatibility mode, many of the most common issues that prohibit earlier versions of programs from working correctly are resolved. If you run a program and it does not function as expected, it is recommended that you run the program in one of the compatibility environments. To run programs in Windows Program Compatibility mode in Microsoft Windows XP, follow these steps: 1. Right click on the link of the program that you want to fix.
    2. Click on Properties.
    3. Click on the Compatibility tab.
    4. Click on Run this program in compatibility mode and select one of these:• Windows 95
    • Windows 98
    • Windows NT 4
    • Windows 2000

    5. Under Display settings, click to select the mode that you think that is necessary for the program to work correctly: • Run in 256 colors.
    • Run in 640 X 480 screen resolution.
    • Disable visual themes.

    6. Click Apply, and then click OK.
    7. Double click on the program.
    Notes• The Compatibility tab is only available for programs that are installed on your hard drive. Although you can run the Program Compatibility Wizard on programs or setup files on a CD-ROM or floppy disk, your changes will not remain in effect after you close the program. For more information about an option on the Compatibility tab, right-click the option and then click What's This.
    • If you click to clear all the options in the Compatibility tab, you will restore the default settings.
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    Thanks galena1, I even tried the setup through the compatibility wizard and nothing, still get the same error.
    I'm on a mission now !

    Thanks again, Jeff

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    Hi - I've looked into this a bit more and as far as I understand it... there are emulators that will run some 95 programmes but setup can be a real pain.
    Also, DOS based programmes run at 16Bit and XP at 32 Bit. One site suggests the only way round this is to install a dual boot setup, DOS in one, and XP in the other. The problem with this, apparently, is that it is not possible to install DOS after XP. The only way round this is to format and create the first partition with DOS in it, and then the second partition with XP. There's more information about creating a dual boot system at the link below.
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306559
    Check back, there may be more input from others. Regards.
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    See if this helps Jeff, see the link below.

    http://groups.msn.com/ComputingSolut...tdoserror.msnw
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    Hey that worked Bear, Gracias!
    And for a brief moment, I thought it would be easier to ask my daughter, the National Honor Society junior in High school to pay better attention in class. :wink:

    Thanks again guys I appreciate it.

    Jeff

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    Good call, Bear.
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