File not Compatible with OS...

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Help and Support' started by Cameron Fuller, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Cameron Fuller

    Cameron Fuller New Member

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    "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of windows you're running. check your computers system information to see whether you need a x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher."

    I got this error when trying to open a .exe file. I am using windows 7 64-bit.

    I have tried to troubleshoot the compatibility issues, but to no prevail. Help would be much appreciated,

    Thanks.
     
  2. strollin

    strollin Senior Member

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    What program are you trying to run? Is it older software? Maybe it's 16-bit. Win 7 64-bit does not support running 16-bit programs. Without knowing which program you are trying to run, we can only guess what the issue is.
     
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  3. Cameron Fuller

    Cameron Fuller New Member

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    Yes you're right, it is 16-bit software. Is there no way to open it then with windows 7?

    Thanks
     
  4. strollin

    strollin Senior Member

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    Is it 16-bit Windows or DOS? You could setup a VM running XP if it's a Windows program. If it's a DOS program then you could use DOSBox.
     
  5. Fixer1234

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    Strollin, I think the answer is no but I'll ask it anyway. I have an old laserjet printer that is not compatible with Windows 7. Any chance I could get the driver to work by loading it into a VM running XP (and print to it from regular Windows applications)?
     

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