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Windows 7: Running a program built for Win 95?

23 Feb 2013   #1
luckyrick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Running a program built for Win 95?

Recently I found my old copy of MindGym, a 1996 puzzle game that requires QuickTime 2.11

When I try to run it, the .exe is active but nothing appears. I set it to Win 95 compatibility but nothing changes.

How can I make it run on my PC?


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24 Feb 2013   #2
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Your bet bet would be to run it in a virtual machine. Windows 7 has drastically changed compared to Windows 9x editions.
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25 Feb 2013   #3
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure but I'm betting that game uses a 16-bit application to install or run; if so, Windows 7 x64 won't run or support 16-bit components, processes, or applications - 64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications
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26 Feb 2013   #4
luckyrick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I'm not sure but I'm betting that game uses a 16-bit application to install or run; if so, Windows 7 x64 won't run or support 16-bit components, processes, or applications - 64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications
do you think it will run on Win XP?
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26 Feb 2013   #5
luckyrick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
Your bet bet would be to run it in a virtual machine. Windows 7 has drastically changed compared to Windows 9x editions.
I want to install Win 95 and boot it separately without touching my existing Win 7 setup. How should I go about doing this?
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26 Feb 2013   #6
luckyrick

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have already downloaded a set of Win 95 .IMA files
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26 Feb 2013   #7
indianacarnie

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Not 100% sure but have you seen this? Substitute xp for 95 :Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

You may want to wait for other advice though.
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26 Feb 2013   #8
FuturDreamz

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckyrick View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
Your bet bet would be to run it in a virtual machine. Windows 7 has drastically changed compared to Windows 9x editions.
I want to install Win 95 and boot it separately without touching my existing Win 7 setup. How should I go about doing this?
I don't believe Windows 95 is even capable of booting on the same hardware as Windows 7. It's simply not supported anymore.

And if the game is 16-bit, standard visualizer won't work, either. You'll need an emulator like QEMU.
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26 Feb 2013   #9
sygnus21

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by luckyrick View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
I'm not sure but I'm betting that game uses a 16-bit application to install or run; if so, Windows 7 x64 won't run or support 16-bit components, processes, or applications - 64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications
do you think it will run on Win XP?
Probably. It's been awhile but I do believe XP supported 16-bit apps. I could be wrong though, as I said, it's been awhile. And honestly I can't remember using any software from Win 95 days, including games under XP.
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26 Feb 2013   #10
AstaLaVista

Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
 
 

If XP runs based on the same platform as NT or Win 2000 then Yes, 16-bit apps are supported.

+1 on just running a Virtual PC on your Win 7... that is what I do on my office PC. I run Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit and I also run Windows Virtual PC for those apps that require XP or less.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx


Extremely easy to install and run... even I was able to do so!
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