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Microsoft® Windows Server 2003: Administrator’s Companion by Jason Gerend, Sharon Crawford, Charlie Russel

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Getting Incompatible Applications to Run

If you try to run an application that isn’t written for Windows XP, Windows 2000, or Windows NT, the application might need help to run properly. The following sections give you some background information about application compatibility technologies in Windows XP and Windows 2000, and also show you how to quickly get earlier applications running.

Application Compatibility Background

All Microsoft 32-bit operating systems share the same application programming interface (API), the Win32 API (which is now supplemented by the .NET Framework). Any Win32 application runs natively in any 32-bit Microsoft operating system with no performance-hindering emulation or translation required. In addition, 16-bit ...

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