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XP PRO running on 16 bit ms-dos sub system, HELP PLEASE

by smokeykids / March 3, 2005 6:24 PM PST

Could someone help, My XP PRO is running on 16 bit ms-dos subsystem, why I do not know! how it happened I do non know!
Is there a program out there to allow me to convert from 16 bit to 32 bit, or do I have the only option of doing a low level format & reinstall??
(By the way, have never done a low level format).
Computer: Pentium 4., 2GH, 40GB Seagate HDD (st340014a)., asus a7n8x board, 5200 ultra graph. card..

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Common thing it seems
by TONI H / March 3, 2005 7:26 PM PST

If you try to start or install an MS-DOS-based or a 16-bit Windows-based program on your Windows XP-based computer, you may receive an error message that is similar to one of the following:

16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem
path to the program that you are trying to start or install
C:\Winnt\System32\config.nt The system file is not suitable for running MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows applications. Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.

Although you may be prompted to quit the program or ignore the error message, either selection makes the program quit.

CAUSE

This issue may occur if one or more of the following files are missing or damaged:
? Config.nt
? Autoexec.nt
? Command.com

This may occur even if the program is actually a 32-bit program as I have had it to it to me.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;324767

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http://www.visualtour.com/downloads/
07/29/2004
XP_Fix.EXE
(140 Kb)

Direct Download Here: http://www.visualtour.com/downloads/xp_fix.exe

This installaton program will reinstall the missing or corrupt Windows XP system files command.com, autoexec.nt and config.nt. The absence or corruption of one or more of these files causes a "16 Bit Subsystem" error.

We recommend that you download this file and save it to your desktop or to another location where you can find it. Double click on the file to run it once it's downloaded. If problem reoccurs in the future, simply re-run this program.

CAVEATE: When you download the file and go to install it, you will get a window that says 'you need this to install/run the Visual Tour'.......Visual Tour is another program on that site that you didn't download, so just click OK to install the fix instead. There may or may not be another program that begins to run in the background called WOWEXE.EXE or WOWEXEC.EXE and you can stop it by pressing CTRL-ALT and tap the DEL key to open the Task Manager program, then highlight WOWEXE and choose End Task. That program is part of XP and isn't a virus or spyware and once you End Task on it, it won't come back.

TONI

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I believe it worked
by smokeykids / March 4, 2005 4:05 AM PST
In reply to: Common thing it seems

Thanx, Toni for your help, from what i can see with your help, things are working fine.

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Just to add more info
by Tufenuf / March 3, 2005 8:32 PM PST
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