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Chapter 11. Working with Applications > Identifying Application Types

Identifying Application Types

Four types of applications are discussed in this chapter. Before diving into information on installing and running these applications, you should understand what applications this chapter deals with:

  • Windows 95 applications. These are 32-bit applications built specifically for Windows 95. Many of these types of applications run without issue in Windows NT, and most show the official Microsoft Windows 95 logo on their packaging. These applications cannot run in Windows 3.x without the use of the Win32 kit from Microsoft.

  • Windows NT applications. These are 32-bit programs built just for Windows NT. There are fewer of these applications than any of the other three types covered in this section. These applications also can run only in Windows NT and usually in Windows 95.

  • DOS applications. These 16-bit applications do not run in Windows except to use the Windows command prompt. These are the character-based applications that existed before Windows, though many have been developed since Windows.

  • Windows 3.x Applications. These 16-bit applications also are known as Win16 applications because they were built with the Win16 software development kit. This group of applications refers to those built for Windows 3.0, 3.1, 3.11, and Windows for Workgroups.


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