Solved

Old windows program error  message "Overflow".

Posted on 2015-01-22
18
317 Views
Last Modified: 2015-01-23
Hi,

I'm trying to install an old Windows program (back from the days of Windows 98, maybe) onto Windows 7 x86.

The install went through seemingly ok, but when I try to execute the program, I get a very non-descriptive error of "Overflow".

I realize that this isn't much to go on, but I'm hoping someone can help. Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:Go-Bruins
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 8
  • 6
  • 3
  • +1
18 Comments
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565310
The chances of Windows 98 stuff working on Windows 7 is pretty remote indeed.

If you have Windows 7 Pro, you can get XP mode for free and the program will likely run in XP mode. That is your best option.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40565324
Is XP mode something that you download?
0
 
LVL 95

Accepted Solution

by:
John Hurst earned 300 total points
ID: 40565335
Yes, go to Microsoft Downloads and look for XP Mode. It can be downloaded and installed. Look at the documentation notes for it. XP mode is an XP virtual machine supplied by Microsoft
0
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40565337
If it's a virtual machine, it may not solve my problem. I installed this legacy program onto one of my VMware XP virtual machines, and I'm getting the same "Overflow" error.
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565358
You can probably find Windows 98 on eBay. Get Windows 98 and install that as a VM (I have a Windows 98 VM). That will work. With Workstation you can run in Unity Mode which is handy to make it look like it is running in the host machine.

If your software will not run in XP, it for SURE will not run in Windows 7.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40565368
I've been told that this program did indeed run in XP.
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565389
I do not know what it is. Try installing it in XP in Compatibility Mode to see if it runs that way.

It sounds old enough that you are probably better off sourcing Windows 98.
0
 
LVL 88

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 200 total points
ID: 40565417
Get rid of such antique software.

Sometimes you can get such stuff running using DosBox:

http://portableapps.com/apps/games/dosbox_portable
0
 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40565426
i don't think they can. they have years of company data in the legacy program, and the company has gone out of business.

i think i have a handle on the error. this program relies on a parallel port (anti-piracy) dongle. i'll have to try the program with the dongle to see if that's the problem.

down the road, even the dongle will pose a challenge because many MB's don't come with parallel ports now...
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565431
Your user DOES need to move on. However, in the shorter term, get a Windows 98 machine as I suggested. I looked, they are available. Then you can get a USB to Parallel converter. I have one.

Be sure to use VMware Workstation for good USB support.
0
 
LVL 88

Assisted Solution

by:rindi
rindi earned 200 total points
ID: 40565487
Such dongles usually won't work in virtual environments as the OS must have hardware access to the port, which in a VM isn't the case (besides that, most modern PC's don't have any parallel or even serial ports anymore).

If that ancient software really is still needed I'm afraid your only option is to get an ancient PC and install windows 98 on it...
0
 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40565491
So even if we virtualize the computer using something like vCenter Converter, the "snapshot" of the dongle doesn't come along for the ride, correct?
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565497
If you make the machine from scratch, it might work. It is worth a try.
0
 
LVL 88

Expert Comment

by:rindi
ID: 40565501
The converter probably won't even work with Windows 98... But even if it would, no, it wouldn't work. Those dongles need direct hardware access to the port, and you just don't get that in a virtualized environment.
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40565506
I have tried USB but never a dongle. Dongles are dead technology.
0
 
LVL 83

Expert Comment

by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 40565544
I like John's suggestion of getting a Win 98 machine.  I still have a couple (not for sale) and even a Win 3.1 system that has a dongle on it for PCB CAD software.  That still makes me money.
0
 

Author Comment

by:Go-Bruins
ID: 40566460
Thanks all. I learned quite a bit.
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:John Hurst
ID: 40566466
@Go-Bruins - you are most welcome and I was happy to help.
0

Featured Post

Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
It’s been over a month into 2017, and there is already a sophisticated Gmail phishing email making it rounds. New techniques and tactics, have given hackers a way to authentically impersonate your contacts.How it Works The attack works by targeti…
This Micro Tutorial will go in depth within Systems and Security in Windows 7 and will go into detail regarding Action Center, Windows Firewall, System, etc. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a introduction in two parts how to utilize Windows Live Movie Maker to its maximum editing capability. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Movie Maker on Windows 7 operating system.

739 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question