Solved Progman.exe in system32 folder doesn't start in XP SP3

February 12, 2014 at 22:40:00
Specs: Windows 8.1
I just found out that XP still has the old Program Manager in the system32 folder and I also read that it was supported until SP2 came out.

The executable doesn't start when you try to run it on a XP SP3 machine (and problably also not on a SP2 machine).

When I look at the properties of this .exe file Compatibility Mode is greyed out.

Is there a way to re-enable this program or do I have to downgrade to SP1?

I am experimenting and it is just out of curiosity.
Please don't ask me why I want to use it, because I don't want to start a discussion about that.

I just want to know if it can be done.
If not I will setup a machine with XP without any Service Pack or with SP1 for my experiment.

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February 12, 2014 at 23:43:11
"The executable doesn't start when you try to run it on a XP SP3 machine"

It shouldn't even be there on SP2 or SP3. Those service packs remove it.

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February 13, 2014 at 01:24:39
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Progman.exe is there but it's non-functional. Some discussion of that here:

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February 13, 2014 at 08:39:31
Thanks DAVEINCAPS for the link.
There is guy named Deffy who has done exactly what I want to do and he has posted some useful information like:

"...Now next thing you are gonna want is Program Manager. If you have a pre-SP2 disk you are in luck. See in SP2 they replaced progman.exe with a lame stub file. So fire up your disk and expand progman.ex_ on to your drive, then toss that right into the Startup directory..."

It seems the program.exe file in XP SP3 (and SP2) is a useless stub (?) file that cannot be used and I only have to revert to the older file (without downgrading my system), which is not a big problem for me.

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February 13, 2014 at 15:16:47
You're welcome. It looks like he got it figured out. It's odd MS turned progman.exe into a useless file instead of just deleting it when doing the sp2 upgrade.

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