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Errors running a 16 bit app in 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kiltedjedi, Jan 23, 2007.

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  1. kiltedjedi

    kiltedjedi Thread Starter

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    HI all,

    We have a problem where 1 user is trying to run an app and is getting the error
    The Win16 Subsystem was unable to enter Protected Mode

    Now Autoexec.nt and DOSx.exe are both present in the system32 folder. The path is correct.

    Running as local admin, the application launches without a problem. Logged back in as the user and still the same error.
    Recreated the users profile and the error remains. Changing the users settings to admin and she managed to launch the app.

    Now we don't want to be giving out admin rights just to enable users to log on to this one app.

    Most of the suggestions I have seen in a google search are machine specific. Having local admin doesn't wouldn't address the suggestions I have seen.

    OS WIN2kSP4, Netware 4.1SP1

    Application is delivered via Zen.
     
  2. Jedi_Master

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    Howdy kiltedjedi...

    This a Domain or Workgroup?

    What user group is this user in (eg: power users)?
     
  3. kiltedjedi

    kiltedjedi Thread Starter

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    Cheers Jedi_master

    User is in a domain, And their rights were standard user rights, now full blown local admin
     
  4. Jedi_Master

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    Have you tried adding the user to the local Power users group?

    That way they won't have full blown Administrator rights, but will still be able to run some legasy apps...

    If not their may be some 3rd party apps out there...

    Or you might try looking for the file ntvdm.exe on the local machine, and give the domain users group they are in(on the server not local) read and execute rights (may have to add other files to this)...

    In other words right click on the file - properties - security tab - and add the group from the server...
     
  5. kiltedjedi

    kiltedjedi Thread Starter

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    Thanks We'll give that a try and let you know
     
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