KernelEx Apps Compatibility List (New)

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Hello, this is sequel of an old thread that tries to collect informations from users about working apps under Win98SE+KernelEx. I'll try to manage a compact and sorted list in the 1st post for better readability. In your posts please note exact version of app (you can include link), version of KernelEx and compatability mode you used. If it's working partially, shortly note what doesn't work.

- = What is worinkg with KernelEx = -

Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.9, KX 4.5, Win2k mode, notes: Backup MSVCRT.DLL before installing and then restore it

Adobe Flash Player, KX 4.5.2, XP mode

Adobe Flash Player (plugin), KX 4.5.1, notes: tested with Firefox 3.6.23

Adobe Photoshop CS

Adobe Shockwave Player

Alcohol 120%, notes: This is the last version working natively in 9x, without needing any patches.

AlShow 1.7, KX 4.0

AM-Deadlinks 3.3

AptDiff, an excellent freeware binary diff

ArtRage 2.5

ArtWeaver 0.5.7, KX 4.0

Audacity 1.3.12-beta, KX 4.5, Win2k mode

Audio-Con 1.0, KX 4.0

Avanti 0.5.9 FFMPEG frontend, KX 4.5.1, XP mode

Avast 4.8, KX 4.0rc2

AviDemux 2.5.2, KX 4.0, notes: Loudness adjustment doesn't work


BitTorrent 6.4, KX 4.5

BlueCat VST and DirectX audio plugins (tested on the free plugin packs only)

BOCHS PC emulator ver. 2.5, KX 4.5.1, XP mode

Burnaware Free 2.4.2, KX 4.0, notes: Delete the WnASPI32.dll from Installations folder.


Charmap from XP

Cole2k Media CodecPack 7.9.0, KX 4.0

CoreCodec CorePlayer 1.3.6 build 7427, KX 4.5.2

Corel Paint Shop Pro X

CyberPower Audio Editing Lab 14.0.1

Daum Potplayer, KX 4.5.1, Win2k mode

DC BASS Source Filter 1.2, XP mode

Download Master

DownThemAll 2.0.x, KX 4.5

Eraser 5.8.2 rev. 3

FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder 1.1.3943 2011-07-18, KX 4.5.1, XP mode, notes: set compatability for installer and ffdshow.ax

FileZilla 2.2.22

Flock 2.5.5 (Firefox clone), XP mode

foobar2000 0.9.4.x, notes: Needs setting of [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion] CurrentVersion key to 5.1 DON'T FORGET to delete it afterwards!

GIMP 2.2.17

Google Picasa 3

Haali Media Splitter, KX 4.0

Haihaisoft PDF Reader, KX 4.0

Haihaisoft Universal-Player-EN, KX 4.0

HOLMImpulse, a program for speaker gain and phase response measurement

I2pdf 1.020, XP mode

Infrarecorder 0.50, KX 4.0

IrfanView Kadmos OCR plugin, Win2k mode, notes: Displays some error messages but conversion works.

Java Developer Kit 6

Java Runtime Environment 6 update 31, KX 4.5.2

K-Lite Codec Pack, notes: Dont't let it to "correct the registry", and i prefer to just use KMPlayer.

KnobMan and SkinMan, two applications for creating knobs and skins for VST plugins

Kerkythea, a free state of the art 3D renderer with some features you won't even find in most high end 3D packages

LeaderTask personal organizer

Liquid Resize 0.67, a seam carving application

Media Player Classic Unicode, notes: Works with the exclusion of the program itself from kexver.ini

Media Player Classic Unicode [HomeCinema] 1.3.1249.0, KX 4.0


MemStatus 2.65, notes: Requires mfc80.dll

Microsoft Compatibility Pack for Office 2007 system with Windows 98 support (Eng) by PASAf, KX 4.5.2

Mozilla Firefox 10.0.2, KX 4.5.2

Mozilla Seamonkey 2.1 alpha 3, 2.0.14 and older, KX 4.5.2, XP mode, notes: Set compatability mode also for installer. Ver 2.1 - 2.7 now run with KX 4.5.2 but bookmarks cannot be added/managed.

MPlayer MPUI.2009-06-12.Full-Package, KX 4.0

MPlayer WW SVN-r34106(20110916), KX 4.5.1, Win2k mode, notes: if you don't hear sound switch from dsound to win32 (ao=win32 in INI file)

MSN Messenger 7.0.820

MS Paint from XP, KX 4.0rc2, notes: Requires mfc42u.dll

Nero Burning ROM 7

NGView 2.0, KX 4.5.1

Notepad2, notes: Version 2.0.12 ANSI works without KX.

Notepad++ 6.3.1 UNICODE, KX 4.5.1

Odin Password Security Manager 6.5.2

OpenOffice.org 3.1.1, KX 4.0

Opera 10.61, KX 4.5.2

Pale Moon 3.6.26, KX 4.5.2, notes: version 9.1 needs further steps, see page 4

Passwordfolder 1.0b, KX 4.0

PC-Wizard 2010.1.95, notes: Some info cannot be retrieved (like temperatures), some details cause system to hang up, but most of the stuff were detected and displayed correctly.

PDF XChangeViewer build], KX 4.5.2

PhotoCreator SE, notes: Only installable on Japanese Windows, but works on non-Japanese Windows.

Sometimes the program may crash.

Photoshop CS



QEMU PC Emulator 0.13.0, KX 4.5.1, XP mode

Quicktime Alternative 2.9.0, KX 4.0

Realtime Alternative 2.0.1, KX 4.0

SISContents 1.57, notes: It produces error messages, does not display some text (for example in caption), may crash, but I have successfully extracted sisx file with it.

Siteshoter 1.38, KX 4.0

Skype 3.8

SophosFreeEncrytion 2.40.0, KX 4.0

Speedyfox (Firefox optimizer)

Starry Night CASP 6

STDU Viewer 1.5.647, KX 4.5.1, notes: Some windows displaying problems but still usable for viewing.

Super2009 build 36, KX 4.0

SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition, XP mode, notes: Set XP mode also for installer.


Textaloud 2.303

TextMaker Viewer 2010, KX 4.5, notes: It crashed when I tried to view html file, but it opened several doc files and tmd file correctly without errors.

Thunderbird 3.0, Win2k mode

TopOCR 2.6, KX 4.0

TotalText Container, KX 4.5, Win2k mode

Triple Cheese

Universal Extractor 1.6 beta

uTorrent 2.0.2, KX 4.5

Visual C++ Toolkit 2003

VLC Media Player 2.0.3, KX 4.5.2, Win2k mode (crash in XP mode)

Voxengo VST plugins (tested on the free plugins only)

VST plugins by Melda Productions

VST plugins requiring the Pluggo runtime

Winamp Pro 5.541, KX 4.5.1, XP mode

Wings3D 1.0

WinHlp32 from WinXP SP2, notes: In original WinHlp32 mouse scrolling did not worked, in this it works.

WordPerfect X3

Wyzo 3.0.3 (Firefox clone), XP mode

xCHM, an excellent viewer for chm files

XP-Codec Pack 2.5.0, KX 4.0rc2

Yahoo CA Anti-spy, KX 4.0rc2

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0, KX 4.0rc2

- = Games that works = -

Doom 3

Golly 1.4, a Game of Life simulator

JNES, Win2k+ mode

Quake 4

Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus, KX 4.5, notes: Requires d3dx9_33.dll, no movie playback.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Ootake 2.40

Race On

The Chronicles of Riddick EFBB Demo

Touhou Chireiden ~ Subterranean Animism demo ver 0.02a, notes: Requires d3dx9_37.dll

Touhou Seirensen ~ Undefined Fantastic Object demo ver 0.02a, notes: Requires d3dx9_40.dll

Zombie Shooter

- = What doesn't work = -

Adobe Acrobat Professional 7

AM-Deadline 4.3

AviDemux 2.5.3, why: Failed with missing MSVCRT.DLL:_fstat64

BOCHS PC emulator 2.4.6, why: Program starts but failed during boot the virtual machine BIOS. Use version 2.4.5

Chrome, tested with KX 4.0

Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo X2, why: Installs from the .msi but doesn't run. No error message. Use latest native version 9.0

CPU-Z 1.5.7 and newer, why: The error code 0x5003 occured during initialization with KX 4.5.1. Use version 1.5.6 that is last with Win9x native support.

Double Commander, why: It doesn't start, no error message displayed.

Eraser 5.8.7 and newer

Guitar Pro 5.2, why: Program starts but cannot display notes. It also may crash on exit.

Servant Salamander 3.0 beta, why: even with latest Kernelex it has missing NetShareEnum export in netapi32.dll

Skype 4.0, why: SKYPE caused an invalid page fault in module KERNEL32.DLL at 0167:bff7436e.

Sound Forge 9.0e, why: Doesn't install, says "The operating system does not support this application". Anyone know how to trick the new InstallShield?

Word Perfect X4

Xvid 1.3.2, why: Failed to rexister *.AX filter during installation

Yahoo Messenger 9 Beta, why: Does not want to install and says it needs Win2k or higher no matter what compatibility i set in KernelEx or registry.

KX Wiki compatability page

Edited by xrayer

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Is the games list going to be a complete list or it contains only the most famous titles?

Zombie Shooter game works. It was the reason I have found KernelEx project and this forum. Just a single missing API function, I just could not believe that it is impossible :)


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Skype 4 works? Well....

SKYPE caused an invalid page fault in

module KERNEL32.DLL at 0167:bff7436e.


EAX=ffffffff CS=0167 EIP=bff7436e EFLGS=00210286

EBX=00000000 SS=016f ESP=01d7f7b0 EBP=01d7f7c0

ECX=00000004 DS=016f ESI=02518b70 FS=1207

EDX=81958081 ES=016f EDI=01d7fb8c GS=0000

Bytes at CS:EIP:

0f c1 01 48 c2 04 00 83 01 00 6a ff 51 68 59 00

Stack dump:

00407b21 00000004 02518b70 81958081 01d7fbc4 005a1e83 00000000 01d7f998 00404c6a 00404c7d 02518b70 00000000 00489101 02620970 01d7f998 01d7f814


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Media Player Classic Unicode [HomeCinema], 1.2.908.0

works for me, anything later does start, but it doesn't function as a video or audio player. Something about Overlay mixer error messages

FFDShow 3850 2011-05-11, last version that works on my computer. I think I downloaded from freecodecs. It was listed as MMX optimized

I cant get any of the later versions to work the directshow filter does not register I think


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I successfully tested latest FFDShow MPEG-4 Video Decoder r3943 2011-07-18 with KX 4.5.1 in XP mode.

Set compat mode for installer, install and set compat mode for ffdshow.ax


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Sicksalad, xrayer - thank you guys! :)

I've used older ffdshow (from September 2010) and I can confirm that build 3851 (from 12 May) works indeed.

I will try a newest version too.

Btw, do you have direct access to the control panels of it?

Edited by rainyd

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Btw, do you have direct access to the control panels of it?

Audio and video decoder windows seems to be OK.

Edited by xrayer

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Audio and video decoder windows seems to be OK.

I have access to them only when I'm running video - I can't do that in a normal way (via Start button).

Edited by rainyd

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i just installed Daum Potplayer latest version with kernelex 4.5.1 in windows 2000 sp4 mode.

My computer is a pentium III with 512 mb of memory

Did not install the latest version of Directx. Until now it really works great.


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Good work, but...

:lol: aren't you suppose to fill the KernelEx Wiki: Compatible applications :D .

I second that. What is wrong with the current wiki?


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I just collected info posted in old thread that couldn't be modified, I don't have account on KX wiki. Also a lot people here provide incomplete info to fill it in rich way that it's currently on KX wiki. Someone else with enough time can rewrite it...


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Good work, but...

:lol:  aren't you suppose to fill the KernelEx Wiki: Compatible applications   :D  .

I second that. What is wrong with the current wiki?

The main problem I see, is that KernelEx Wiki has no help. The help page is empty. Especially there is no help to create new pages or to modify existing pages. This makes the approach more difficult. IMHO KEXWiki is fundamental very good! 


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