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Windows 7: 16-bits program error message in 64-bits W7...

07 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)
16-bits program error message in 64-bits W7...

This is a rather unsual error message from Windows 7, that cannot even run 16-bits programs, quote:

"Too many other files are currently in use by 16-bit programs. Exit one or more 16-bit programs, or increase the value of files in your Config.sys file."

The only time that this issue shows up is when trying to run a program as administrator from within my standard user account. The "Run as..." could be initiated either manually, or by running a program that requires elevated access rights to the system, such as starting an installation as a standard user.

The error is seemed to be triggered by the UAC, or more accurately the "consent.exe" file that actually locks up the screen and nothing can be accessed. It seems that the system is waiting for input for the UAC, clicking anywhere on the screen results in the typical error sound but nothing else. The "ctrl-alt-del" does bring up a list, selecting log out pops up the quoted error message during the logoff process. Logging back in with the same UID seems normal, until the "Run as..." initiated and the system seems locked again. Rebooting the system clears up this error, but it does come back in an irregular interval. The timeframe could be from an hour, or more, on some days it does not come back at all.

While Windows 7 64-bit does not have a "config.sys" file, one has been added to "C:\" that contains:

It's too early to tell, if this will be any usefull on the long run.

Does anyone have an idea why this error popping up?

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09 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX El Capitan, Windows 10 (VMware)

Well, having the "config.sys" file did not help. The system still have the same issues as posted earlier. Removing EMET 3.5 didn't help either...

Other than the "Run as...", the system works fine with any other programs. While I could grant administrator access to my user account, I'd prefer not to do it.

Would anyone have an idea what could cause this issue?
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12 Jul 2013   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit

I'm having the same problem. Did you ever find a way to fix this?
Are you still having it (in case I come up with anything)?
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12 Jul 2013   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Welcome to our Forum Gruve.
Have you contacted your I.T.Department with your problem?
That would be the first place I would start.

Computer type PC/Desktop
OS Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
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12 Jul 2013   #5

Windows 10 Pro x64

Is the program really a 16bit program? Because the 64bit architecture, when run in native mode, is incapable of running 16bit code...
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14 Jul 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1

I have never seen a Windows 64-bit OS run a 16-bit program natively. When I run a 16-bit program, I get an error message like in the screenshot below. To run my one of my old 16-bit programs, I use Windows XP mode.

16-bits program error message in 64-bits W7...-untitled.jpg

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17 Jul 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

OP, what program gives you that error? [like others have said, 16-bit in 64-bit 7 is a no go, under normal circumstances]

VMWare can be used though to run a virtual XP 32-bit or Vista 32-bit that will then run a 16-bit program, if it's worth that trouble.
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