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Old software won't work w/XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by xnobird, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. xnobird

    xnobird Thread Starter

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    I have Windows XP. When I try to use or install older software that goes back to Windows 3.1, I get an error message: "Can't find SHELL.DLL". Installing or using the software will not proceed from there.

    I just need to know the directory structure I should create or where to put SHELL.DLL to fake it out and get the stuff to play for me. I made it work once about 2 yrs ago, but have apparently been taking DUMB pills lately.

    Any clues?

    Thanks
     
  2. Saga Lout

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    In XP, go Start>Help & Support and type in Compatibility Mode as a search. It says it all in there.
     
  3. Arky

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    The compatibility mode will not be of help without the shell.dll available. If you have a copy of shell.dll from your earlier W3.1 copy it to Windows\system32. Then you may have to resort to the compatibility mode features.
     
  4. xnobird

    xnobird Thread Starter

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    Thanks, but Arky is right. I had forgotten that it was necessary to have the 3.1 SHELL.DLL file down in SYS32. Think I also had to create an AUTOEXEC.BAT file and stick that somewhere. Or was it CONFIG.SYS?
     
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