Solved how to run my dos accounting package with latest laptops

Dell Dell inspiron 13z (i13z-8864slv) in...
October 23, 2015 at 01:19:25
Specs: window 7, 2 gb
I am not able to run my dos support accounting program with laptop having i3 & window7 while it runs over my desktop having dual core,512 ram & windows xp

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October 23, 2015 at 04:24:45
What's the name of the program?

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October 23, 2015 at 06:31:16
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Your laptop actually runs Windows 7 64 bit version that does not support legacy 16 bit DOS applications as Windows XP did being a 32 bit system. Your only chance is to install a virtutal machine, set up a DOS environment and run your application inside the guest environment. To follow this road download VirtualBox (free), FreeDOS (free) and read carefully the associated documents to know how to do.

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October 23, 2015 at 08:00:49
Just for info, without a virtual machine:

a 64 bit computer will run 32 bit but no less.

a 32 bit computer will run 16 bit but no less.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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October 23, 2015 at 08:37:33
For sake of precision:

An Intel 64 bit processor can run 16 bit applications if and only if equipped with a 32 bit operating system since the software is the enabling key, not the hardware.

A full explanation would need a talk on systems architecture and this not the time and place.

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October 24, 2015 at 16:26:52
You don’t have to go in the ordeal of installing a virtual DOS machine to run your accounting program.
The alternative is to install vDos ( Your program could run better in vDos/Windows 64 than it ever did in NTVDM/Windows 32.

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