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16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem error

Posted on 2003-11-03
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I'm trying to play a some .exe games and they're set up for MS-Dos and i have win XP which as you know has command prompt. Just wondering how to get these games to work.

The error reads that: "a temporary file needed for initialization could not be created or could not be written to. Make sure that the directory path exists, and disk space is available."
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by:CrazyOne
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Have you tried this

HOW TO: Use Windows Program Compatibility Mode in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;292533&

HOW TO: Use the Program Compatibility Wizard in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;301911
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by:chabornik
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I had already tried this and none of the modes will work. Switching the compatibility modes is normally for older games. These two have just come out recently. They are both .exe files that are on my hard drive.
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by:chabornik
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i had tried a meathod that i found through the internet that gave me a more simplified error of the previous that was given. This person said to type in something in command prompt and hit enter then drag and drop the program file and hit enter. This time it gave me en error that said: "program to big to fit in memory." When i know i have plenty of disk space.




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One trick I use is I right click on the program, click properties, then go the memory tab.  I then turn the EMS and XMS memory to auto.

I've been able to get a lot of dos programs to work with this method.
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I think my answer was correct as it address the "program to big to fit in memory." issue.
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