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Old 08-26-14, 06:17 PM
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Why there are two Program Files folders on windows 8.1 ?
 
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There are two in Windows 7, also. One (the 86 one) is for any 32bit programs that can't run in or don't recognize 64 bit.
 
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Free download here if you have the license key (this is 8 so you'd have to upgrade to 8.1 afterward):

Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Windows Help
 
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Not intuitive or even well named as the Program Files folder in a 32 bit operating system holds 16 and 32 bit programs whereas that same folder on a 64 bit machine is for 64 bit programs and the 32 bit programs go to Program Files (x86).

You will sometimes see references of x86 and x64 where x86 is 32 bit and x64 is 64 bit.
 
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There are two small utilities which I have for ages and I have not been able to get them going in windows 8.1 despite the compatibility settings which windows provides

They used to work well on Vista, one is a units conversion utility and the other is a speller / thesaurus utility.

Is there anything else out there which will force these 2 utilities to work in windows 8.1?
 
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We'd need to know more about them and why they don't work.
 
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Unfortunately, not all programs that were used in an older OS, will work in a newer OS. I go thru this every time I upgrade.
Have you gone to Microsoft's website and checked out the apps available for 8.1?
You'll probably find something similar that will work.
 
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Old 08-28-14, 07:22 AM
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One is Called WINME301 (windows metric) and has 23 files total 981KB, most of the files are .VBX

The other is called WPC20, 34 files total 4.36MB. This one I got it years ago when I had WordPerfect and it was a utility from that program

Both worked nice in both XP and Vista

Dont know what else you want and dont know if I could send you both utilities to see what they are
 
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I would start by going to the website of the company that made the utility and see if they list Win 8.1 as a supported version. As Shadeladie said, it's very common for programs to not work with new OS's and, IMO, 8.1 is a different OS than 8 so you're trying to use something 3 OS's later.
 
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Old 08-28-14, 08:32 AM
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Out of curiosity, I just did a search on those two programs. One did not come up at all (WINME301) which tells me that's not even available anymore and the other one came up, but everything was from 10 to 15 years ago!
I'd have to say, they are both so old, they'll never work in 8 or 8.1, no matter what you try.
You should be able to find similar utilities available that will work with 8.1.
 
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I agree that both are very old but since they worked with Vista I thought maybe I can manage to get them going on 8.1. Thank you both
 
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I found a free calculator program on Gizmos freeware website that you can read about here Best Free Windows 64-bit Software - Page 2 . There was also talk about a free thesaurus program and a dictionary type of program on the same website and you can find information about that here Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility . As for a spell checker most browsers and word processors have that built in including Libre Office which I discussed before.

There were other free programs mentioned on those pages I thought might interest you so I decided not to link you directly to anything. I also haven't used these programs so I can't recommend them and feel it is best for you to read the descriptions. I hope this helps Kolias.
 
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Old 08-29-14, 07:41 AM
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Thanks so much hedgeclippers for the help, I will try your suggestions soon but the Classichelp you mentioned earlier in another post was a big hit, a really beautiful utility

Although I don’t find windows 8.1 as intimidating as I thought, Classichelp is a nice way to organize your startups
 
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