MS-DOS-Based Versions of PartitionMagic Do Not Run on Windows Millennium Edition

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Symptoms

When you start an MS-DOS-based version of PartitionMagic (from PowerQuest) on a Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition-based computer, the computer may stop responding and display either a black screen or the following error message:
This program does not run correctly on this version of Windows. To continue, click run program. To exit, click Cancel.
You may also encounter problems when you install PartitionMagic, for example, you are unable to create a rescue disk or to finish Setup. When you restart from a rescue disk, you may receive the following error message:
The following file is missing or corrupted: A:\Ifshlp.sys
The following file is missing or corrupted: A:\System\Vmm32.vxd
Type the name of the windows loader (e.g., C:\Windows\System\Vmm32.vxd)

Cause

This behavior can occur because PartitionMagic is an MS-DOS-based program. Windows Millennium Edition (Me) does not provide real-mode MS-DOS support.

Workaround

To work around this behavior, start the computer by using a Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 Startup disk, and then run PartitionMagic from a command prompt.

Status

This behavior is by design.

More information

PowerQuest is upgrading PartitionMagic so that it can work with Windows Me. For information on possible updates to PartitionMagic, go to the following PowerQuest Web site at:
http://www.powerquest.com/windowsmillennium.html

For additional information about real-mode and Windows Me, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
269524 Overview of Real Mode Removal from Windows Millennium Edition

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Article ID: 262715 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 3.0
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