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11-Jan-2004, 03:23 PM #1
E:SETUP>EXE is not a valid Win32 application
I am running Windows XP HE . I have no trouble downloading and installing programs from the internet. However when I attempt to install anything from my program disks, I get the message that: E:SETUP.EXE is not a valid Win32 application. This occurs even with software that I have previously successfully installed on the system before. I have checked for viruses, none found. I'm at my wits end on this. I've tried everything I can think of.

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11-Jan-2004, 03:36 PM #2
Welcome to TSG!

Is the E: drive the one you are trying to install it on?

Oops, I guess that's probably your CD-ROM right??
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11-Jan-2004, 04:10 PM #3
Thank you for the welcome.

Yes E: is the CD rom and I am trying to install to C:

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11-Jan-2004, 04:19 PM #4


Take a look at this thread and see if anything there makes sense to your problem.
http://forums.techguy.org/showthread...32+application
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11-Jan-2004, 04:22 PM #5
Just out of curiosity, is the CD autorunning, are you using Start>Run, or are you actually going to Windows Explorer to execute the setup?

Is there any chance that the drive letter has changed? Has it ever changed?

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11-Jan-2004, 05:02 PM #6
They don't Auto-run. I tried to install throw Windows add/remove ...then tried it through Run and i did try it in Windows explorer too. I keep getting the same message, E:SETUP.EXE is nort a valid Win32 application...the funny thing is I have sucessfully installed the same software in Windows XP before without any problem.
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12-Jan-2004, 10:34 AM #7
Are you running Norton AV?
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12-Jan-2004, 10:42 AM #8
No I'm running Trust Antivirus. I also ran the online Trend Antivirus and it didn't detect anything either.

TY for hanging in there with me on this problem.
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12-Jan-2004, 10:48 AM #9
Take a look at this and see if it fits your situation.
http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;en-us;298218
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12-Jan-2004, 11:02 AM #10
SYMPTOMS
When you attempt to install a program on a computer that runs Windows XP for 64-bit platforms, you may not be able to do so, and you may receive one of the following error messages:

Install.exe is not a valid win32 application.

"Setup.exe is not a valid win32 application.
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This behavior can occur if the program you are trying to install uses a 16-bit Install.exe or Setup.exe file. Windows XP for 64-bit platforms does not support 16-bit programs. "

Yes this sounds like the problem. The mystery is that I have installed the same software before successfully. Is there any way around this?
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12-Jan-2004, 11:09 AM #11
They don't offer any solution do they!

I don't know what to suggest
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12-Jan-2004, 11:17 AM #12
Thanks so much for trying. It wouldn't matter so much if one could afford to invest several hundred dollars in new software. I wondered if some of the Windows XP updates might be the culpret, as the software went in fine just a few months ago. I though of uninstalling the updates, just to see. I really am hesitant to do that though, with all the security issues.

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12-Jan-2004, 11:22 AM #13
Well, I recently did the latest security update for Win 98 SE and had to do a scanreg /restore to get back on the internet. I think I'll stick to my own security measures vs. letting M$ screw my OS up!
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12-Jan-2004, 11:33 AM #14
LOL, maybe I should go back to Windows 98 SE.
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12-Jan-2004, 11:41 AM #15
May not be a bad idea!
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