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Is there any way around a Windows 'not compatable' message?

Asked by YoH (1414points) February 18th, 2010

I have an old file that I’m unable to put on my computer. When I try, I get the message that it’s not compatible with my version of Windows Vista.Vista is 64 x and my old pc was 32 x. I really would like the file. Am I out of luck?

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jerv's avatar

What sort of file is it?

Basic data files are pretty much platform-agnostic, but *.EXE files can be quite finicky.

That said, merely going from a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS shouldn’t affect the ability to run a particular app since most 64-bit OSs have some form of backwards compatibility, at least to relatively recent predecessors, so if you could run it on a 32-bit WinXP box you should be fine, though if your old box was Win98 then it’s less likely, and if it was Win 3.11 you can pretty much forget it.

So, could you please elaborate a little? Waht was the old OS, and what sort of file are you trying to work with?

mzehnich's avatar

Vista and 7 have a nice “compatibility wizard” that has worked well when I try to run older programs. In XP you can right click a file, go to properties and find Compatibility options as well.

Is this an executable we’re talking about? If so, the built-in compatibility fixes might work. If it’s a different type of file it might be trickier.

YoH's avatar

The older is WIN Me and yes it’s EXE.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Right-click on the file and select “Run as administrator.” Also – is this a DOS file, by any chance, like a game? If it is, you need dosbox.

YoH's avatar

I ran as administrator and it worked. Thank you so much. I’m happy now :)

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