DOS Program WYSIWYG won't work in XP

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Barnaby2

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I use an old word-processor, XyWrite with XP, & on this computer the WYSIWYG feature stopped working. I've restored the OS from disks, and it still doesn't work. Works fine on all my other machines. Any ideas (apart from tossing this machine)?

I assumed that restoring from disks would reformat everything, & so replace any damaged files--was this a mistaken assumption?
 
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If you formatted the drive, then all the files should have been replaced.

What exactly happens when you try to run this program? Are the "other machines" XP?
 

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Yes, 2 XPs, 1 W98. This one worked initially.
It's very odd. The program goes into full-screen mode all right, then refuses the WYSIWYG command, & blacks out. When I return to the small screen, the program is still there, but crashed.
I don't do much hands-on with XP, but back in W98 days I knew that to restore the OS you had to reformat the machine manually, boot from a startup disk, then rebuild everything, drivers & all, from scratch. With this machine, XP is bundled with the Compaq drivers & programs on 11 disks--and now I have my doubts about the automated reformatting stage. This is a new set of disks, too, from HP.

I'm assuming the ntvdm.exe function is corrupted somewhere, but where, I haven't a clue. Everything looks all right.
 
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You might try Event Viewer to see if it gives you any hints.

You most probably can't boot to the XP Recovery Console sice Compaq has done all in its power to make you completely dependent on them for any repairs.

But you can nevertheless create your own CD that contains the Recovery Console that everyone who got an XP CD has access to. From there, you can format your partitions, insuring that they are really empty for the recovery.

XP Recovery Console CD image

Just burn the above CD image (as an image) and boot from it. After logging in, you can run format.

Type:

map <Enter>

to see what drive letters have been assigned in the RC, which may not necessarily be the same as they were in XP.
 

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Thank you! I've downloaded the recovery console--which I've never used. How far will it take me? The only XP disk I have, apart from the very baggy Compaq package set, is SP2. (The Compaq set insists on putting a Recovery Partition on, which I don't need or want.)
 
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