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Windows 7: How do can run 16-bit Applications on Windows 8.1?

29 Mar 2018   #1
NerferMCGamer

Windows 8.1 32 bit with dual-boot (Windows 7 32bit)
 
 
How do can run 16-bit Applications on Windows 8.1?

Hi!

I wanted to run 16-bit Applications on my 32-bit Computer. Such as Windows 3.1 apps which I really need. I don't like Virtualization on Virtual OS. Please anyone can help me about this? Also the Windows 3.1 Applications.


  • I dont want Virtualiztion Programs - It damaged my PC since July 2017, It damaged my RAM and Drivers.
  • I dont want DOSBOX - Similar on what Happened on my PC.
  • XP Mode wont run in my PC, My PC just having 2GB of RAM. It would not run
  • Doesn't even work with Compability Mode, Windows 95 or 98, or XP. Doesn't even work!
  • Will not install Dual-boot for Windows XP!
Remember, Help me about this, also give me a link of Windows 3.1 Applications.
I use Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.


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29 Mar 2018   #2
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

How about if you set up a third boot option -- with DOS 6.2. Then install Windows 3.1 in DOS. Or perhaps install Windows 98SE as the third boot option. This will give you USB functionality.

With 2 GB of RAM, things should run really well when you boot to DOS / Win 3.1 or to Win 98SE.
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29 Mar 2018   #3
dg1261

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NerferMCGamer View Post
I use Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.
Since this is a Windows 7 forum, it would be more appropriate to ask this question in a Windows 8 forum.

I don't know about Win8, but the 32-bit version of Win7 has no trouble running Win 3.1 and even DOS programs. It's only the 64-bit version of Win7 that will not run 16-bit code. Since the OP's system specs indicate he's dual-booting Win7x32 with Win8, the simplest approach might be to just run his 16-bit applications under Win7.
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29 Mar 2018   #4
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
How about if you set up a third boot option -- with DOS 6.2. Then install Windows 3.1 in DOS. Or perhaps install Windows 98SE as the third boot option. This will give you USB functionality.

With 2 GB of RAM, things should run really well when you boot to DOS / Win 3.1 or to Win 98SE.

Installing DOS 6.2 on a modern PC would be problematic. On a laptop, even more so.
Windows 98 on a modern PC is at best difficult. There would be a variety of problems, not the least of which would be the lack of drivers. This being a laptop compounds the problems.


These are no practical options.


If the applications will not run natively on Windows 8.1 then a virtual machine is the way to go. I know VirtualBox will run with 2 GB RAM, having done so with less.
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29 Mar 2018   #5
NerferMCGamer

Windows 8.1 32 bit with dual-boot (Windows 7 32bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
If the applications will not run natively on Windows 8.1 then a virtual machine is the way to go. I know VirtualBox will run with 2 GB RAM, having done so with less.
My Computer will DAMAGE WITH VIRTUALBOX!
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29 Mar 2018   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NerferMCGamer View Post
My Computer will DAMAGE WITH VIRTUALBOX!
Nonsense.

A VM is the only solution that is able to meet your requirements.
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30 Mar 2018   #7
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Many 16 bit applications will run on 32 bit Windows 7 but others will not.

Windows 7, as with all of the NT platform, will only run 16 bit applications that are well behaved. Unfortunately, many 16 bit applications are not well behaved and would compromise stability if they were allowed to run. If you have these applications they will not run outside a virtual environment. There are no compatibility settings that will allow them to run.
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30 Mar 2018   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NerferMCGamer View Post
My Computer will DAMAGE WITH VIRTUALBOX!
What kind of damage will happen?
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31 Mar 2018   #9
NerferMCGamer

Windows 8.1 32 bit with dual-boot (Windows 7 32bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
What kind of damage will happen?
RAM Damage and drivers. It happened on me since July 2017.

Note:
I posted this forum here in SevenForum cause I was banned on EightForums as Requested. So please dont ban me =[.
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02 Apr 2018   #10
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

RAM won't get damaged by Virtual Box. Drivers might possibly get damaged, but not likely.

What was it that caused you to conclude that your RAM and drivers got damaged by Virtual Box?
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