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I have some programs that install and work fine in XP, but I can't even install them in Vista. They are on CD's which require the install program. Because I can't run the install program I can't use the compatibility feature, ie I can not find the .exe file as it does not yet exist on my computer. I need these for work. How can I install them?
Please publish information on how to go about
learning Visual Basic. I have some developed
programs on the old Basic and would like to know
where to start and go in trying to use Visual
Basic with the ideas I was working with on the
the old Basic programs.
Leo to follow up on my first inquiry, I tried to follow your instructions, was able set the compatibility of the setup file to XP (SP1). But I get the following message when I try to run the setup.exe file. "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher." I am running Vista Home Premium x64 and I have contacted the publisher, they were no help, say they are aware of the problem and will address it in next year's version.
There is a small utility program called TameDOS which may have some relevance here. I use it to run dBASE V for DOS within Windows XP. TameDOS automatically starts and runs discreetly in the background whenever you open a DOS program, and provides something like a DOS virtual machine within which the program can run smoothly.
I have always found it to be extremely reliable and efficient, and far more effective than Compatibility Mode. From memory, I think it costs about $US29 to buy.
I also have some programs running on XP which I would like to install on Vista. Both Os's are installed in a dual boot setup, on 1 HD but seperate partitions. Vista will not allow the setups to run. Can I try to execute the .exe file from the XP partition ? ie without running the setup in Vista ?
Thanks so much for all the great info on everything. I was hoping that this particular post will be of help to me. I am helping an older friend , a lawyer, who uses MultiMate and refuses to give it up. Her computer died and I got to move the hard drive with Win 98 SE into a spare xp computer. It would not run as a slave but I now have it has just the sole master. It now can run the dos based program (MM), but the larger newer xp hard drive is just sitting there. Can I run MultiMate on it under Win XP with the above suggestions?? also problems with the HP Deskjet 812c printer which worked with 98 before I installed the old hard drive. Now it says that there is a problem and the printer needs" user intervention". the software luckily reinstalled when I reconnected the printer. HP could not help?!! I know this is a lot but it would help a lot. Thanks so much for your time and consideration.
visual basic 5 programs will not run on vista
I tried all of these to run dbase 5 in vista and it is still a small window with print in a color I can barely read
You could try DOSBox, which has primarly been developed for games - and therefore gets heavily tested every day. Configuring a simulated DOS environment requires a complicated-looking text file - but there are plenty of form-driven front-end programs for that; I use DBGL, which is a Java app, and can create a short cut for each DOSBox app. One of the nice things about DOSBox is that you can control screen resolution and size, and there can make text and other screen features appear at reasonable size.
Have two VB 6.0 programs that share code through forms and modules, but each also has a few specific code. One runs well in Vista the other would not even start. When double click on it, Vista goes to sleep and after a while, nothing happens and you're back to the Explorer. Comparing the vb 6.0 project files and all other settings, they are identical (except for the few forms/modules.) Anyone seen this behavior? Any idea? BTW, both programs run well in XP.
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