winecfg: add note about 32 bit prefixes to dialog

Andrew Eikum aeikum at
Wed Mar 25 10:21:43 CDT 2015

On Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 11:35:40PM +0100, Stefan Dösinger wrote:
> I think making this visible on some way is a good idea. I have
> wondered about this myself, and so have many other users.

I also like the idea, but I'm not sure the text is the right way to do

> > Context behind this:  To run Simcity 2000 I change my Wine prefix 
> > settings to mimic NT 3.5 so that it uses a different file chooser
> > dialog which doesn't crash the game (for whatever reason).  This
> > last time installing things I was confused about why I didn't see
> > the option for NT 3.5 until slackner reminded me on IRC that I need
> > a 32 bit prefix to have that option.
> Somewhat offtopic to your patch: Is this a known bug in the game? Does
> it crash in Windows XP or newer unless you set Win9x or Win NT
> compatibility? It may be a good idea to investigate the actual crash.

It's a very old bug that as far as I know hasn't been diagnosed. I
don't know if it's been tested on Windows.

> > So, I thought it might be useful if the dialog could have a note 
> > explaining why those options aren't there if you're running from a
> > 64 bit prefix -- and thus this patch.  To make room for the text I
> > made the applications Listbox 20 pixels shorter.
> - From a user interface point of view, what do you think about adding
> those old Windows versions in the listbox, maybe with a different text
> like "Windows 98 not available in 64 bit", and programming the code to
> set the dropdown field back to the last setting if the user decides to
> choose one of those settings? Or instead of having the modified text,
> pop up an error box and set the setting back.

Something like this seems good. Maybe "Windows 98 (32-bit only)",
along with an error popup explaining that the current prefix is 64-bit
and including instructions for how to create a 32-bit prefix.


More information about the wine-devel mailing list