NTVDM.exe

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by crono_logical, May 17, 2002.

  1. crono_logical

    crono_logical Bird Eater

    I appear to have lost the ability to run certain .exe files on my PC, mainly they are setup files or programs designed to run on an older version of Windows. I've tried Compatibility mode but that doesn't help.

    In all cases, when I look in the Task Manager, I see some thread called "ntvdm", which refers to the ntvdm.exe file in the system32 folder, hogging 100% of the CPU. It doesn't do anything even after leaving it for a few minutes, so I end up having to kill the process otherwise my PC slows down.

    Anything I need to do to fix this and be able to run these other programs again?
     
  2. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    NTVDM is virtual dos machine. It is showing you that you have a 16 bit program running somewhere. Do you have a 16 bit program running that you know of?
     
  3. crono_logical

    crono_logical Bird Eater

    Not that I know of. It only appears in the Task Manager when I try to run one of these Setup files.
     
  4. xsivforce

    xsivforce Prodigal Son Folding Team

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    You should only see it if you are running a 16 bit program.
    What setup files are you trying to use?
     
  5. crono_logical

    crono_logical Bird Eater

    I did a bit of testing, and it appears to be anything 16-bit, not just 16-bit setup programs. I always seem to get that "hanging" ntvdm.exe in the task manager.