Installing WordPerfect 6 on Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10

If you are having problems installing your WordPerfect 6 on your new PC, like you are unable to run the setup.exe as shown below, then read on…

Windows 16bit setup error - This app can't run on your PC

Windows 16bit setup error – This app can’t run on your PC

Unfortunately, WordPerfect 6 is a pure 16bit application which means that it cannot be run on 64bit Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10. However, it can only run on *32bit* Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 using the Longbow Reviver app.

  1. Obtain your copy of the Longbow Reviver tool here – you need version 4.10 or newer
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy your entire WordPerfect 6 install CD media to your hard drive, to a folder path c:\InstallCDs\WordPerfect6
  3. Start the Longbow Reviver tool
    1. select the 1st tab named “Old Installer Reviver
    2. then using the ‘…’ button pick the  c:\InstallCDs\WordPerfect6\INSTPROG folder
    3. Now click the ‘Fix and Run Old Installer’ button
    4. Read and understand all the prompts that appear, then continue by clicking OK.
    5. Install as normal
    6. Close setup – Do not reboot if prompted to do so
  4. Now WordPerfect 6 is installed
    1. Now go back to the Longbow Reviver app…
    2. select the 2nd tab “Old Program Reviver
    3. using the ‘…’ button pick the newly installed c:\WPWIN60 folder
    4. Set the Run As dropdown to Windows 95
    5. next, click ‘Fix Old Program’
      1. Say ‘No’ if the Reviver tool asks if you want to re-register…
  5. Now you can happily run your WordPerfect 6 on Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 32bit (sorry, but not  64bit!)

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