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Windows 7: Trying to run an old (possibly 16 bit) program in 64-bit windows 7

08 Jun 2011   #1
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 
Trying to run an old (possibly 16 bit) program in 64-bit windows 7

Hi, there is a program I am trying to install and run on my 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium. I believe this may be a 16-bit program (or 32 bit), I'm not sure at this time, but when I try to install it, the program says it is not compatible with my version of windows.

The program is called Bioplume III and is available at Bioplume III for CSMoS Modeling Software | Risk Management Ground Water and Ecosystems Restoration Research | US EPA if anyone wants to see if it they can find a way for it to install and run on Windows 7 64 bit.

If there is any way for me to run and install this program on my system, please advise me.

Thank you


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08 Jun 2011   #2
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

I was able to install it using this
DOSBox - free opensource DOS & X86 Emulator for Windows & Linux | Windows Reference

Then right clicking the main application file choosing properties - compatibility tab - and setting it for windows 98/me compatibility mode

The installer apparently doesn't like 64bit operating systems.
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08 Jun 2011   #3
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

As Maguscreed has stated 16-bit apps aren't supported on 64-bit OS'

64-bit versions of Windows do not support 16-bit components, 16-bit processes, or 16-bit applications

And yeah the age and requirements of that program says It won't install on a 64-bit OS, especially Windows 7 x64

Have you tried contacting the EPA to see what comaptible replacement there may be?

Sorry
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08 Jun 2011   #4
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

so short of upgrading to Windows 7 Professional, there are nothing I can do to get this program to run on my current system? There are no free (and legal) emulators that will allow the program to run?
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08 Jun 2011   #5
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm sure there are some emulators out there that'll fit the need but I'm not familiar with them.

And upgrading to Windows 7 professional x64 isn't going to allow a 16-bit app to install. I posted a link for you to look at. You might want to check it.

Peace
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08 Jun 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Hi win7user, I just downloaded and installed the program on Win7 Ult 64bit . I dl'd the .zip and extracted it to my desktop (lotsa files), run the installer with no issues. You might try right clicking on the .exe for it then select it to run in compatibility mode for Win7, XP, or Vista and see if one works for you.
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08 Jun 2011   #7
sygnus21

Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Well there you go. I didn't even try to run it myself.

BTW Britton is it a 16-bit installer? I assumed it was looking at the version date.

And what version is it?

Thanks
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08 Jun 2011   #8
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

I tried the different compatibility settings and couldn't get the INSTALL.exe file to run.

I wonder how windows 7 ultimate was able to run and install it without going into XP Mode.

If there is no easy/free fix for me for my system, I will probably just have to use one of the older computers in the home to use that program.

But again I really appreciate everyone's assistance, this is my favorite place to get useful advice and help on windows and computer issues.

Thank you all
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08 Jun 2011   #9
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I don't really know how to tell if it's a 16bit. The file was created on 2/14/1996.
It is bioplume III and says Version 1 on the splash screen.

Edit: My bad, what I installed in on is a pre-beta version of Win 8, but Win 7 should be the same.
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08 Jun 2011   #10
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

the installer is a 16-bit DOS level app.
If someone has managed to install it, I believe if they just rezipped and uploaded the install folder this person could run the application without trouble.
I don't know why an installer is even included with it as it's win 95/pre-registry level software it's basically just a collection of files that need to be dropped in one folder in c:\programname

I would do it myself but I was using a virtual environment when I ran it so there was nothing left when I closed out to work with.
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