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Jimbobka

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Hi!
I just upgraded from a dell D800 to D820, running XP Pro. I have an important piece of software writting in a vintage program called Mapper for Windows, which is 16-bit. When trying to execute the software, I get "The Handle is Invalid". I can get around it by right-clicking the icon and choosing "run as" and then running as administrator. But not sure why. I installed the software with my normal log on and my normal log on has full admin priviledges.

I had thought it was a problem with the Embassy Trust Platform Dell included. That had caused a problem before with the same software, so I fully removed it. But nothing improved.

Any ideas?
Jim
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Hi!
I just upgraded from a dell D800 to D820, running XP Pro. I have an important piece of software writting in a vintage program called Mapper for Windows, which is 16-bit. When trying to execute the software, I get "The Handle is Invalid". I can get around it by right-clicking the icon and choosing "run as" and then running as administrator. But not sure why. I installed the software with my normal log on and my normal log on has full admin priviledges.

I had thought it was a problem with the Embassy Trust Platform Dell included. That had caused a problem before with the same software, so I fully removed it. But nothing improved.

Any ideas?
Jim


Few questions :-

1. is the application fully compatible with XP?
2. have you tried running the app in compatibilty mode (right click shortcut choose "compatibility")?
3. are there any upgrades for "Mapper for Windows" from your current version?
4. what exactly do you mean by "piece of software writting", is Mapper somesort of interpreter?

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Thanks,
I was running the same app on a Dell D800 with Windows XP Pro, so I know it is compatible. It is an older piece of programming software no longer made. I had written an application in it that I still use and don't want to redo.

Yes, I tried the compatibility. The only thing that lets me run it is to "run as" and choose administrator. That's what seems odd.
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