[Answered] Is there a hack to install 16-bit program on 64-bit OS?

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  1. RASelkirk

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    64bit Windows can run 32bit programs fine (through the WOW emulation layer), so, that is not the problem.
    However, some 32bit programs, especially older ones, have an installer that is actually 16bit. It could even be that this whole program is actually 16bit software without you noticing.

    So, the real problem is 16bit software. 32bit Windows can run 16bit software and 64bit Windows can run 32bit software. But, 64bit Windows can NOT run any 16bit software (like old 16bit Windows or DOS programs).
     
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    Yup, that's it. Just installed it to my XP VM, but now have to figure out how to add a printer to the VM. Oracle's helpfile has zero info on printers so I'm guessing they're not supported thru sharing or networking.

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    A quick google search tells how to setup a printer from a VirtualBox VM to a printer in the host PC though a network bridge.

    Also, u can try to check the vDOS program, to avoid the hassle of needing the VM.
     
  5. RASelkirk

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    Was previously able to get to the point of the system looking for a driver.inf for the new printer, which was wrapped up in an exe file on the optical drive. Opened the exe in 7-zip and was able to extract the driver folder, share it into the VM, and let the system find it. All good now.

    Sad thing is, after seeing how "old and clunky" if the interface is, I think I'll break down and buy a newer program! Can't believe I used to be pretty good at using it back in the day...

    Russ
     
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    Thanks, I'll keep these in mind. I have "Labels Unlimited" installed and working in an XP VM so it's no longer an issue. The issue now is to find something a bit more...modern and less clunky. I have done my current job in CorelDraw but will be looking for a labeling program down the road...

    Russ