Not all programs may run on all the Windows platforms. Often programs require at least a certain version of Windows. In most cases, this is due to the lack of specific functions in the SDK.
Anyway, to detect yourself whether a given EXE file can run under the current version of Windows (without running the program, of course) follow the next steps. First off, drop the declaration of the SHGetFileInfo API function into your program.
Type SHFILEINFO hIcon As Long iIcon As Long dwAttributes As Long szDisplayName As String * MAX_PATH szTypeName As String * 80End TypePublic Const SHGFI_EXETYPE = &H2000Public Declare Function SHGetFileInfo Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "SHGetFileInfoA" _ ( ByVal pszPath As String, ByVal dwFileAttributes As Long, _ psfi As SHFILEINFO, ByVal cbFileInfo As Long, ByVal uFlags As Long ) As _ Long
The high word contains the major and the minor number of the required Windows version. It is 400 for Windows 9x/NT 4.0, 500 for Windows 2000, 30A for Windows 3.x.
dw = SHGetFileInfo(exename, 0, sfi, Len(sfi), SHGFI_EXETYPE)hiWord = dw &H10000
This tip is taken from the book VisualC++ Windows Shell Programming by Dino Esposito.