Ongoing Windows 16 bit support

By: Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com), July 5, 2021 11:11 pm
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gai (gai.delete@this.n.o) on July 5, 2021 8:35 am wrote:
> James (no.delete@this.thanks.invalid) on July 5, 2021 2:17 am wrote:
> > Jukka Larja (roskakori2006.delete@this.gmail.com) on July 4, 2021 5:47 am wrote:
> > > [16 bit] Compatibility was actually dropped with 64 bit Windows,
> > > so in XP or Vista dependending on whether one counts
> > > from niche or mainstream product. Not sure if it's been dropped from 32 bit Windows too since then.
> >
> > You can still run Windows 16 bit software through Wine on x86-64 Linux (not real mode software,
> > though). And Microsoft are adding support for Linux graphical programs through WSL. So, with
> > enough prodding, residual 16 bit compatibility on Windows is (probably) still not going away.
> >
> > "Probably" because I haven't tested 16 bit on Wine on WSL.
>
> As far as third-party options are concerned, there already
> exists a project that provides 16-bit Windows emulation
> right inside of 64-bit Windows. Provided that it works, indirection through WSL to run Wine is unnecessary.
>
> I briefly used it to run a couple of old games, and I did not notice any obvious issues.
> https://github.com/otya128/winevdm

Yeah, and for DOS programs one can use e.g. DOSBox. These are really complicated to use compared to just clicking the exe file though, and without official Microsoft backing it wouldn't be possible to get help in getting some very important internal binary only tool running.

-JLarja
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