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not a valid win32 application

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by alanh01, May 3, 2019.

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  1. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    I have a DELL Dimension 4100 desktop computer with Windows XP. I use this system just for playing the old DOS/Win games. I have sp-2 installed and need to install sp-3. Here's the problem, any new or old disk I try loading, I get an error that says "Not a valid win32 application". The disks are new. The application is valid. So now I'm lost.
     
  2. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Why have you not installed SP3 on this machine?
     
  3. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    Hi Cookiegal. I have been trying. I get the same error with trying to load SP3. DELL was of no help. The guy couldn't understand why I was using this computer. I told the idiot It was for old games.....So, I'm going through books after books trying to solve this ridel.
     
  4. snuffleufflegus

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    xp home or professional? x32bit or x64bit?
     
  5. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    I'm using XP Professional Ver. 2002 32-bit.
     
  6. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    Please run the MGA Diagnostic Tool and post back the report it creates:
    • Download MGADiag to your desktop.
    • Double-click on MGADiag.exe to launch the program
    • Click "Continue"
    • Ensure that the "Windows" tab is selected (it should be by default).
    • Click the "Copy" button to copy the MGA Diagnostic Report to the Windows clipboard.
    • Paste the MGA Diagnostic Report back here in your next reply.
     
  7. snuffleufflegus

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    That error is usually due to an incompatibility issue,a deleted/or corrupted file.Be sure you are using the correct cd to reinstall xp.be sure it is x32bit.please first proceed as cookiegal suggested.
     
  8. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    Working on it. Thank you guys for the help. Right now I'm working on a CNC machine, so It's going to be awhile.
     
  9. snuffleufflegus

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    Your welcome.please keep us informed.Thanx
     
  10. flavallee

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    From what I can determine, the Dell Dimension 4100 desktop was introduced in 2000 and came with Windows 98 or Windows ME or Windows 2000.
    The Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker on yours will confirm which Windows version it came with.
    What is the exact Windows version on its C-O-A sticker?

    Please reply to Cookiegal's instructions in post #6.

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  11. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    Well, I tried the MGA Diagnostic and got the same message. The DELL did come with ME on it. I'm going to format the drive and reinstall XP, but this time load 64 bit. Maybe it will work. I'll let you all know what the outcome is. Thanks, all
     
  12. Cookiegal

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    We still need to see the MGA Diagnostic report once that's done please.
     
  13. plodr

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    What you are trying to do, install Windows 7, is a waste of time.
    So you'd have to replace the motherboard which is not practical for a 19 year old computer.

    As long as you don't connect to the internet, keep the XP at SP2 and play the old games on it.
     
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  14. flavallee

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    The Dell Dimension 4100 desktop supports only 512 MB(256 MB X 2) of PC133 RAM and has an Intel Pentium III 733 - 933 MHz processor.
    Even if you're able to get the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows XP installed in it, it will bog down or run like a snail.

    If you really need a computer with Windows XP, one of these newer and faster refurbished Dell desktop/monitor combos should work well for you.
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod...^9SIA7KW2TJ0501,9SIA7KW2TJ0442^9SIA7KW2TJ0442

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  15. alanh01

    alanh01 Thread Starter

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    Well guys I tried. Even when I did a format and re-loaded XP, I still get the same error. Flavallee, I'm going to look into those refurbished systems. Thanks a lot.
     
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