Solved Install 32-bit app on 64-bit Vista with no setup.exe

February 24, 2012 at 14:59:48
Specs: Windows Vista
I have several 32-bit apps that were installed on XP by copying them from the manufacturer's payload to c:\Programs, by design. How do I install them on my 64-bit Vista, there being no install or setup program in the payload (zip)?

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#1
February 25, 2012 at 22:26:28
If they are in a compressed folder still then follow the steps you did for the other programs.

What are the programs? Secret ones?

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#2
February 26, 2012 at 15:50:23
There's the problem, copy to where? Programs (x86), Programs, SysWOW64, what? They are not secret. One program is The SemWare Editor, my favorite program editor. I 'd like to be able to invoke it from the context menu "Open with...". I copied the original directory to "C:\Program Files\TSEPro44\", but was unable to get it listed on the context menu.

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#3
February 27, 2012 at 01:20:01
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Without a setup routine, you may not be able to install and run the program because the setup routine may also write registry values for proper operation of the program. The registry values may be in their normal position and in WOW6432Node, etc..

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#4
February 27, 2012 at 16:27:01
There are no registry entries for the editor - that's why there was no install program to begin with.

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#5
February 27, 2012 at 23:51:18
If the program is a standalone application, then you can run it from its own folder. You may have to register some .dll's or other system files, if any, though.

CoolGuy


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#6
March 3, 2012 at 10:16:27
suatcini provided the best insight to my problem. S/he also showed me my ignorance of some setup facts, Thanks,

- I found the original payload, with setup,exe.
- Installed it on the 64-bit Vista.
- Still can't place the program on the context menu "Open with ...".
- Learning to live with it.


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