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Windows 98 program on Windows xp

The program is called Front Page Sports: Football 98 by Sierra. I have Windows XP SP2.

When I try to install the program I get a message:

C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEMS32\AUTOEXEC.NT. The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications.

Any help you can give me would be awesome. The program is old but I love the game. Thanks!


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Re: Windows 98 program on Windows xp

Try the instructions from the following MSKB article:

Q301911 - "How to use the Program Compatibility Wizard in Windows XP"

Also, check out the following article:

Q285909 - "How to Troubleshoot Program Compatibility Issues in Windows XP"

Good Luck,


Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future,

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Good advice, and also...

Good advice.

One additional point. The message you get suggests that it may be a DOS program, or utilize DOS components. That is not a problem as long as the DOS portion/program is "well-behaved" (i.e., makes calls on DOS services instead of directly accessing physical addresses....the latter was frequently done by game writers to gain speed.) WinXP has a DOS emulator that can handle a well-behaved DOS program.

If the program is not "well-behaved", you may have to install DOS or Win9x in a separate partition or keep the old computer...

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had the issue. Solved it

Okay, I am going to be vague here, because frankly my memory is fuzzy.

The autoexec.nt file and the config.nt can sometimes be corrupted during install. Actually many time are, this is a known issue.

But since many people never need to use them, no one ever notices.

Here is the fix.

In the i386 directory of the XP media is a file called autecex.nt_
*copy it and any other files like config.nt that you want to replace to a folder

You will need to run the command line EXPAND tool on them. Then rename the old files with a .old extension and copy the new extracted files into their location.

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Run a Virtual PC of Win 98.

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