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Thread: Error: NTVDM.EXE stopped working

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    sleeplessinnewjersey Guest

    Error: NTVDM.EXE stopped working

    NTVDM.EXE is giving me problems on a fairly new PC running Vista Home Basic.
    I recently had to restore the system using recovery CD's. I was successful
    in installing two out of four old applications. The other two attempts
    failed with this
    error message: "NTVDM.EXE has stopped working." I performed a second
    recovery that included a format. The results were the same.

    I went to Microsoft's site for information. There were many links to
    various documents. The references mentioned Windows NT 3.1, 2000 Server, NT
    4 Server, 16-bit software, Terminal Services, Virtual DOS Machine, etc. None
    of the references I looked at mentioned Vista.

    This has left me confused. We need the two uninstalled programs. I am at a
    loss over what to do next. Can someone tell me what is going on and what I
    might do to correct this situation?

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    Mark L. Ferguson Guest
    When you rightclick the apps install exe file, then properties, you will
    find a drop box for compatibility mode installation on the "Compatibility"
    tab. The apps may need Ms-Dos, or perhaps XP mode.

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    LadyDaisy Guest
    Compatibility never has worked for me on a single game. I bought a new
    computer, did the compatible thing on every game and none worked anyway. Ran
    as administrator, etc. Nothing worked. Now none of my old games work. This
    is a problem with Vista.

    Without asking any questions and based on the information you provided.

    Upgrade to Windows (64-bit) XP, Vista or 7 and you will never see this error
    ever again.

  4. #4
    Catherine Sea Guest

    Re: Error: NTVDM.EXE stopped working


    >you will find a drop box for compatibility mode installation on the "Compatibility" tab. The apps may need Ms-Dos, or perhaps XP mode.

    It does not work for me. Do you have any other suggestions about this? Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.

  5. #5
    Peter Foldes Guest

    Re: Error: NTVDM.EXE stopped working

    You are answering to a 2 yr old post which was answered correctly by Mark Ferguson
    MS MVP at the time. Please refer to his answer on the Usenet server to which you
    have posted 2 yrs ago about this issue

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2010

    Re: Error: NTVDM.EXE stopped working

    I have a similar problem with this error. I was playing an older game which has 9 disks! I was on level 5 (disk 5)when this error popped up, " ntvdm.exe has stopped working and will shut down". This is after I was almost done with the game! Does this just sound like a corrupt registry file?

    I've run several scans but with no avail. If there is a bad sector, would this be the cause of the error? Could I run this game through DOS?

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