How to run Windows 3.1 software nowadays?

TripleCStudios

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I recently bought a piece of software (Link ----->) (http://) that runs on Windows 3.1. I run Windows 7.. How do I get the software to run correctly? :??: Do I need to have Windows 3.1 installed?! :ouch:
 

Yimman

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Hi TripleCStudios,

Windows 7 64-bit cannot run 16-bit applications. You will need to install XP Mode to run a 3.1 application. If after installing XP Mode the application does not work, then try setting Compatibility Mode to Windows 95. Lastly if that does not work, you will need to install a stand alone Win 3.1 in a virtual environment.

XP Mode:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

Free VM Software:
http://www.xenproject.org/

Yimman
 

Yimman

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Hi TripleCStudios,

Windows 7 64-bit cannot run 16-bit applications. You will need to install XP Mode to run a 3.1 application. If after installing XP Mode the application does not work, then try setting Compatibility Mode to Windows 95. Lastly if that does not work, you will need to install a stand alone Win 3.1 in a virtual environment.

XP Mode:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

Free VM Software:
http://www.xenproject.org/

Yimman
 

Pinhedd

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Try Yimman's suggestion first. If that doesn't work, Windows 3.1 runs quite nicely inside of DOSBox. Keep in mind that DOSBox has a fair bit of CPU overhead (it's an emulator rather than a virtual machine) so performance may vary.
 
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