BLAH BLAH is not a valid Win32 application

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ok, heres the problem, I just upgraded my computer from windows ME to Windows XP... well, now, I am encountering numerous annoying problems. I run some applications (that are supposingly functional) and I get an error message saying for example

something.jpg is not a valid Win32 application

these applications that I try to run and fails can range from a simple jpg file to an exe installation... The most annoying thing is that its even rejecting java virtual machine! can someone please help me on this one?

:P many thanks to the one with an answer or solution.
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Usually I've seen that message when some kind of virus has infected the executable. Back in the days of the 486 & Win95, it would simply attempt to run windows applications in a dos box, if at all. Now Windows seems to be a little smarter and states that it's not a valid executable.

As for this happening with JPG files.... It's actually happening to the application that you've chosen to view JPG files with. When you double click on a JPG, windows doesn't load the JPG. It loads up an associated application, and tells that application to load the image. If the error is coming up as soon as you double click on the jpg, then it's the application that's messed up.

I'd get an updated antivirus program as soon as you can, and run it through the entire drive(s).
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But is it possible that maybe XP is not capable of running some of the older applications?
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It's possible, but personally I don't think likely.. Now when it's happening with applications that the system has associated with common file-types (such as jpgs) all by itself.
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ok, I just downloaded Norton anti-virus and is doing a system scan.
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Try to change in the priorities of the file, the way XP should treat it for compatibility...
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can you elaborate on that? like, show me some steps for that procedure? because I am not really good with operating systems :lol:
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right click the file, click on properties. You should see a tab labeled compatibility. Go there and choose whatever you wish to make the program run.
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ok, thanks

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