Problems with DOS Program in Windows 7 32-bit

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We bought our first couple of Windows 7 computers at work and had 32-bit installed so we can install our DOS program.  However, we're having a couple of issues.  The latest was the employee was receiving memory errors when he tried to print.  I saw the memory tab, but unsure about the settings.  How would you all solve this problem and are there any other common problems in moving from XP to Windows 7 32-bit that affect a DOS program that I should know?

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It really depends on how the dos pogram has been writen. Have you tried running the program in compatability mode (see this video on the microsoft site, http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Make-older-programs-run-in-this-version-of-Windows )

What is the error your getting
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If you are trying to print via dos program then would recommend a third party utility or might have lots of issues.

www.printfil.com/ 


Try it before u buy


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Regarding the former, our boss doesn't want us running in compatability mode as we have low-level users and does not want them to to get confused.  Regarding third-party printing, we print fine to our printers using the netuse command and setting LPT1, 2, or 3.
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Compatibility mode is set by right clicking on the exe file and select xp option...you dont have to install xp for that.

I think perfectpc: has provided a good resolution.


Ded9

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Compatability mode is grayed out because it is on a network drive.

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Can also try program like virutal dos.


Ded9

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I am sorry its dosbox

www.dosbox.com


Ded9

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Following are a couple of responses from a previous post.  Isn't the 32-bit of Win7 similar to any virtual DOS environment?  We'd prefer to stay in Win7 32-bit if possible.

Tried DOSbox and it didn't work.

Turns out that Sweeps was correct:  our Win7 did come with XP mode.  Turns out that the reason it didn't work was because we use our DOS program from a drive on the server.  Didn't know that you had to join the virtual XP environment to the domain as it is just as if it is a different computer.  It took a bit to join the domain (my partner had to enable something in the virtual settings), but once we did everything worked fine.  Giving credit because I didn't give enough information -- that we access our DOS program from a mapped drive on the server.  And, giving credit to the first person to mention XP VM.

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Does changing any of these settings help memory issues?
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Can u post the error message or screenshot.


Ded9

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Will try, but just checked and it worked for him today.  It is probably just a problem in one module of his DOS app.

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There is no error mesage; it just froze.  Changed to a different printer and this seems to solve the problem.  However, giving credit because I think we are being stubborn and just need to run in compatability mode.

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