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Backwards compatibility

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Hi, just a simple question.

I have windows 98se, how backwards compatible is it with other versions of windows.

I'm basically interested in knowing if I can use software from say windows 3.1

I searched here and the web, all anyone talks about is backwards compatibility between windows 98, xp, and 7, I can't seem to find any topics on 9X compatibility with pre 9X software.


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Yes, it will run fine.

"Win3x software" is generally meant to mean 16-bit Windows software but in actuality can also mean DOS software ( 16-bit naturally ) which is what most software was in the early Windows era. They are two separate things Windows 16-bit and DOS software, but they all will run fine in Win9x.

Almost everything used in the 16-bit Windows 3.x era was eventually re-written to 32-bit Windows ( maybe a few games were not ) so I would be curious as to what you still have that is 16-bit.

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