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Windows Vista™ Administrator's Pocket Consultant by William R. Stanek

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Configuring Program Compatibility

When you want to install 16-bit or MS-DOS programs, you might need to make special considerations. Additionally, sometimes to get older programs to run, you might need to adjust compatibility options. Techniques for handling these situations are discussed in the following sections.

Special Installation Considerations for 16-Bit and MS-DOS Programs

Many 16-bit and MS-DOS programs that don’t require direct access to hardware will install and run on Windows Vista without any problems. However, most 16-bit and MS-DOS programs do not support long file names. To help ensure compatibility, Windows Vista maps between long and short file names as necessary. This ensures long file names are protected when they are modified ...

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