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2000 SP4 Not a valid win32 application

by sschoe2 / March 25, 2015 2:46 AM PDT

HI all

I have an old computer running win2000 Professional SP4 because it runs an old scientific instrument with software that can only take Win 2000. Anyways it has an old printer and I was trying to download and install a pdf reader. However everytime I try to install something by double clicking the exe file it tells me this is not a valid win32 file. How can I rectify this?

BTW the computer is not networked nor hooked up to the internet. I use thumb drives to transfer files.

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That's a problem OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2015 2:51 AM PDT

You may have to find an older PDF reader on the web. As I no longer have any working W2K machines you have to do the search and testing. Here's the words I'd use on google.

Olderversions PDF reader.

From there I see Adobe, Sumatra and the others.

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I did
by sschoe2 / March 25, 2015 2:57 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a problem OS.

I specifically downloaded a pdf reader for win 2000 but it would still not run the exe.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2015 2:59 AM PDT
In reply to: I did

I don't have this to test anymore. There are other readers so try others.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2015 3:29 AM PDT
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Again, I can't test this anymore.

-> Try Portable Apps.
Evince Portable - document viewer (pdf, ps, djvu, tiff, dvi)
Foxit Reader Portable (Freeware) - small and fast PDF reader
KchmViewer Portable - full-featured CHM viewer
PDF-XChange Viewer Portable (Freeware) - PDF viewer
Sumatra PDF Portable - PDF, Comic Book, and E-book Reader
Are over at

These just run. No install.

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I tried Evince portable
by sschoe2 / March 25, 2015 4:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Ideas.

I downloaded and copied Evince Portable. It copied the files to a directory and everything. Then when I tried to start it from directory it showed the small startup screen then nothing. It apparently just crashed or something.

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4 more to go.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 25, 2015 1:03 PM PDT

Sorry but while I ran W2K for a very long time I can't test anything for you.

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It means the reader program
by James Denison / March 26, 2015 2:26 PM PDT
In reply to: I did

is too new for Win2000 to install it and you'd need to find an older one. That's a problem though because there's a widespread pdf exploit that's out there and easily infects pdf files using older Adobe software. Just today I scanned a backup drive using ClamTK, I had windows 2000 on it previously and ran across this.

Found 26 possible threats (18365 files scanned).

/media/mint16/WIN2K-2/My Documents_Apr2010-Nov2012/WendyChiliFingerHoax.pdf BC.Exploit.CVE_2012_4148

/media/mint16/WIN2K-2/My Documents_Apr2010-Nov2012/CompaqPresario_V6105NR.pdf BC.Exploit.CVE_2012_4148

/media/mint16/WIN2K-2/My Documents_Apr2010-Nov2012/MyDocuments_Jan2007/CompaqPresario_V6105NR.pdf BC.Exploit.CVE_2012_4148

I put a few there, of the 26 problems, 25 of them were infected pdf files. They were downloaded as pdf from sites, some I'd created when I had Acrobat 4 full version installed under W2K. These were not a threat to me now, since I use Linux Mint 17 OS, but they would have been if I'd opened them on a windows system again.

About the only upgrade path for an old W2K computer today is a lightweight Linux distro. Lubuntu is a good one if you only have 1GB, or Mint MATE for 2GB system.

I don't know if current Libre Office runs under window 2 K, but it does read and allow creation of pdf files.

Oh, I just looked and seems the lowest windows is XP SP2 for Libre Office.

Foxit PDF Reader is liked by a couple friends of mine. Here's the W2K version of it, active into 2011, so not too old. Your problem is going to be making sure the pdf files are clean though.

Why not consider a current linux distro instead, run virtualbox in it, and install your W2K into a virtual drive and run it there instead? You'd need at least 2GB of RAM for that.

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