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Chapter 11. Working with Applications > Configuring DOS and Win16 Applications ...

Configuring DOS and Win16 Applications to Run in Windows NT

Most 16-bit applications require special care and feeding when running in Windows environments, especially DOS applications. As the user, you must provide Windows NT with a great deal of information about your application to ensure that it runs smoothly. The more finicky your application is about its environment, the more you will have to tune the settings Windows NT uses to run it. As such, Windows NT provides great control over how you configure your application to run in Windows NT, and conversely, you have great flexibility in configuring Windows NT to run your 16-bit applications.

Understanding DOS Application Property Sheets and Shortcuts

You specify the settings Windows NT needs to run a DOS or Win16 application in the property sheets associated with each application you run in Windows NT. You do not work directly with the property sheet for the application, however. Instead, you create a shortcut to the application and work with the shortcut's property sheets. A shortcut stores the information Windows NT needs to properly run a DOS application. The shortcut points to the executable file that launches the application. This executable file is the one whose name you type at the command prompt when you want to launch the application. When you want to launch the application with the settings you created, you launch the shortcut (see Figure 11.10).


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