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  1. #1
    Michele Guest

    Re: WOWEXEC problem when I try to install an application

    I have tried this solution and when I type "sysedit" in run, the "WOWEXEC"
    fault comes up,, what next??? I am trying to re-install my printer and cannot
    get past this error to do so. Please help if you can. thanks, Michele

    "Greg R" wrote:

    > On Sat, 14 Aug 2004 15:13:02 -0700, "Ionel"
    > <Ionel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    > >Hello everybody,
    > >
    > >I'm trying to install some applications and I get an error message in the
    > >WOWEXEC and then another message pops-up telling me that there's a problem
    > >with the Win 16 bit susbsytem which is unstable...
    > >
    > >Please advise.
    > >
    > >Thanks,

    >
    >
    > Try this
    > run sysedit
    > Win.ini file
    > see if all of the following is there.
    >
    > ; for 16-bit app support
    > [fonts]
    > [extensions]
    > [mci extensions]
    > [files]
    > [Mail]
    > MAPI=1
    > [MCI Extensions.BAK]
    > aif=MPEGVideo
    > aifc=MPEGVideo
    > aiff=MPEGVideo
    > asf=MPEGVideo2
    > asx=MPEGVideo2
    > au=MPEGVideo
    > m1v=MPEGVideo
    > m3u=MPEGVideo2
    > mp2=MPEGVideo
    > mp2v=MPEGVideo
    > mp3=MPEGVideo2
    > mpa=MPEGVideo
    > mpe=MPEGVideo
    > mpeg=MPEGVideo
    > mpg=MPEGVideo
    > mpv2=MPEGVideo
    > snd=MPEGVideo
    > wax=MPEGVideo2
    > wm=MPEGVideo2
    > wma=MPEGVideo2
    > wmv=MPEGVideo2
    > wmx=MPEGVideo2
    > wvx=MPEGVideo2
    > wpl=MPEGVideo
    >


  2. #2
    Taurarian Guest

    Re: WOWEXEC problem when I try to install an application

    Hi Michele, hope this helps


    When a WinXP Home computer runs 16-bit applications it produces the following error
    message: -
    WOWEXEC caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL at 000A:0032

    WOWEXEC is short for "Windows on Windows Execute" and is a helper program used to run
    16-bit applications under NT and XP.

    A 16-bit program can give this error message when WOWEXEC is already running when the
    16-bit program is started.

    Make sure that WOWEXEC is not left in memory when a 16-bit program is closed.
    To do this:
    1. Log in as the administrator.
    2. Run Regedit.exe (in \Windows).
    3. Go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\WOW
    4. Look for the entry DefaultSeparateVDM, and change it to Yes.
    5. Close Regedit.

    Another possibility is that the path name to the 16-bit program is longer than 128
    characters. To solve this problem relocate the program on a path with a shorter name.

    Note you can save the registry key first by:
    On the File menu, click Export.
    In the File name box, type SaveKey, and then click Save.
    Or create a system restore point prior to editing.
    Note: If the registry key is not there, you can simply create one by going edit>new.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;322756
    HOW TO: Back Up, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows XP
    Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to
    reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.





    "Michele" <Michele@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:21BB8FD9-FBBA-4F7E-BD59-E6619FF53931@microsoft.com...
    >I have tried this solution and when I type "sysedit" in run, the "WOWEXEC"
    > fault comes up,, what next??? I am trying to re-install my printer and cannot
    > get past this error to do so. Please help if you can. thanks, Michele
    >
    > "Greg R" wrote:
    >
    >> On Sat, 14 Aug 2004 15:13:02 -0700, "Ionel"
    >> <Ionel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    >>
    >> >Hello everybody,
    >> >
    >> >I'm trying to install some applications and I get an error message in the
    >> >WOWEXEC and then another message pops-up telling me that there's a problem
    >> >with the Win 16 bit susbsytem which is unstable...
    >> >
    >> >Please advise.
    >> >
    >> >Thanks,

    >>
    >>
    >> Try this
    >> run sysedit
    >> Win.ini file
    >> see if all of the following is there.
    >>
    >> ; for 16-bit app support
    >> [fonts]
    >> [extensions]
    >> [mci extensions]
    >> [files]
    >> [Mail]
    >> MAPI=1
    >> [MCI Extensions.BAK]
    >> aif=MPEGVideo
    >> aifc=MPEGVideo
    >> aiff=MPEGVideo
    >> asf=MPEGVideo2
    >> asx=MPEGVideo2
    >> au=MPEGVideo
    >> m1v=MPEGVideo
    >> m3u=MPEGVideo2
    >> mp2=MPEGVideo
    >> mp2v=MPEGVideo
    >> mp3=MPEGVideo2
    >> mpa=MPEGVideo
    >> mpe=MPEGVideo
    >> mpeg=MPEGVideo
    >> mpg=MPEGVideo
    >> mpv2=MPEGVideo
    >> snd=MPEGVideo
    >> wax=MPEGVideo2
    >> wm=MPEGVideo2
    >> wma=MPEGVideo2
    >> wmv=MPEGVideo2
    >> wmx=MPEGVideo2
    >> wvx=MPEGVideo2
    >> wpl=MPEGVideo
    >>



  3. #3
    Michele Guest

    Re: WOWEXEC problem when I try to install an application

    Thanks Taurarian, but I already tried to go to regedit and I did change it to
    yes, but no luck, Could you possible step me through the other idea you had,
    I also tried another idea someone gave me which I had to run sysedit, which
    prompt me to insert my XP disc, but also no luck, it said I am running a more
    current version of xp and then closed. Im so frustrated!!, Thanks for your
    help

    "Taurarian" wrote:

    > Hi Michele, hope this helps
    >
    >
    > When a WinXP Home computer runs 16-bit applications it produces the following error
    > message: -
    > WOWEXEC caused a General Protection Fault in module MMSYSTEM.DLL at 000A:0032
    >
    > WOWEXEC is short for "Windows on Windows Execute" and is a helper program used to run
    > 16-bit applications under NT and XP.
    >
    > A 16-bit program can give this error message when WOWEXEC is already running when the
    > 16-bit program is started.
    >
    > Make sure that WOWEXEC is not left in memory when a 16-bit program is closed.
    > To do this:
    > 1. Log in as the administrator.
    > 2. Run Regedit.exe (in \Windows).
    > 3. Go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\WOW
    > 4. Look for the entry DefaultSeparateVDM, and change it to Yes.
    > 5. Close Regedit.
    >
    > Another possibility is that the path name to the 16-bit program is longer than 128
    > characters. To solve this problem relocate the program on a path with a shorter name.
    >
    > Note you can save the registry key first by:
    > On the File menu, click Export.
    > In the File name box, type SaveKey, and then click Save.
    > Or create a system restore point prior to editing.
    > Note: If the registry key is not there, you can simply create one by going edit>new.
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;322756
    > HOW TO: Back Up, Edit, and Restore the Registry in Windows XP
    > Disclaimer: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems that may require you to
    > reinstall your operating system. Use the information provided at your own risk.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Michele" <Michele@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:21BB8FD9-FBBA-4F7E-BD59-E6619FF53931@microsoft.com...
    > >I have tried this solution and when I type "sysedit" in run, the "WOWEXEC"
    > > fault comes up,, what next??? I am trying to re-install my printer and cannot
    > > get past this error to do so. Please help if you can. thanks, Michele
    > >
    > > "Greg R" wrote:
    > >
    > >> On Sat, 14 Aug 2004 15:13:02 -0700, "Ionel"
    > >> <Ionel@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote:
    > >>
    > >> >Hello everybody,
    > >> >
    > >> >I'm trying to install some applications and I get an error message in the
    > >> >WOWEXEC and then another message pops-up telling me that there's a problem
    > >> >with the Win 16 bit susbsytem which is unstable...
    > >> >
    > >> >Please advise.
    > >> >
    > >> >Thanks,
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Try this
    > >> run sysedit
    > >> Win.ini file
    > >> see if all of the following is there.
    > >>
    > >> ; for 16-bit app support
    > >> [fonts]
    > >> [extensions]
    > >> [mci extensions]
    > >> [files]
    > >> [Mail]
    > >> MAPI=1
    > >> [MCI Extensions.BAK]
    > >> aif=MPEGVideo
    > >> aifc=MPEGVideo
    > >> aiff=MPEGVideo
    > >> asf=MPEGVideo2
    > >> asx=MPEGVideo2
    > >> au=MPEGVideo
    > >> m1v=MPEGVideo
    > >> m3u=MPEGVideo2
    > >> mp2=MPEGVideo
    > >> mp2v=MPEGVideo
    > >> mp3=MPEGVideo2
    > >> mpa=MPEGVideo
    > >> mpe=MPEGVideo
    > >> mpeg=MPEGVideo
    > >> mpg=MPEGVideo
    > >> mpv2=MPEGVideo
    > >> snd=MPEGVideo
    > >> wax=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wm=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wma=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wmv=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wmx=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wvx=MPEGVideo2
    > >> wpl=MPEGVideo
    > >>

    >
    >


  4. #4
    Taurarian Guest

    Re: WOWEXEC problem when I try to install an application

    Just some other things to consider to see if relevant to your situation


    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=324767
    Error message when you install or start an MS-DOS or 16-bit Windows-based program

    http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;314106
    Troubleshooting MS-DOS-Based Programs in Windows



    16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem error while installing or running a DOS application:
    http://windowsxp.mvps.org/16bit.htm

    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314495
    How to Troubleshoot 16-Bit Windows Programs in Windows XP

    "Michele" <Michele@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:4C038643-7515-40A5-AB0B-1BE0BC0B139F@microsoft.com...

    > Thanks Taurarian, but I already tried to go to regedit and I did change it to
    > yes, but no luck, Could you possible step me through the other idea you had,
    > I also tried another idea someone gave me which I had to run sysedit, which
    > prompt me to insert my XP disc, but also no luck, it said I am running a more
    > current version of xp and then closed. Im so frustrated!!, Thanks for your
    > help
    >
    >



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