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Old 26-03-2009
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To identify 16-bit & 32-bit program in Win XP

I have Microsoft Windows XP and it is frequently difficult to tell whether a program is 16-bit or 32-bit. Since, 16-bit program can cause minor problems that may affect the performance level of the computer or the functions of the program itself, it sometimes becomes necessary to determine whether a program is 16-bit or 32-bit. How can I identify them ?
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Re: To identify 16-bit & 32-bit program in Win XP

To Identify 16-bit / 32-bit program in Windows XP -
  • Use Windows Explorer to open the folder that contains the program's executable (.exe) file.
  • Right-click the .exe file, and then click Properties.
  • If you see the Version tab, then its 32-bit
    Otherwise, its 16-bit
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Re: To identify 16-bit & 32-bit program in Win XP

If the program is running and you want to identify whether that program is a 16-bit application or not,

Open Windows Task Manager - by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete OR right-click a blank spot on the taskbar, and click Task Manager.

On the Processes tab, look at the contents of the Image Name column.

If any 16-bit programs are running, you see an entry for Ntvdm.exe, which is the virtual DOS machine that is provided by Windows XP.
You also see wowexec.exe (the Windows on Windows subsystem), and the executable name of each 16-bit program that is running in that WOW virtual machine.
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