I don't think Longhorn is going to be released until 2005-2006 (or was it 2007?) so I think it's too early to tell. If it were easy to make FAT32 support backwards compatible with FAT16, I can't see any reason why Microsoft wouldn't do it. But I don't think they're going to kill themselves supporting a file system that can't support more than 2 gigs.
The reason I ask is that I'm using FAT16 to dual-boot with IBM DOS 5.0. It's the only way I can play the older games. Even if FAT16 is no longer supported by Longhorn, I can still use DOS on my computer, but without the ability to transport files to it, things will become much more complicated.
Please don't give me a talk about how I'm living in the past, because I was born in 1987, and was only permitted to play educational games when I was little. I only discovered most of these games about 6 months ago. How can my judgment be clouded with nostalgia if I only discovered the games recently?
Before attempting to install DOS, I tried to get Windows 98 working. It simply doesn't go because I have too much ram in my computer (1gb). I found a site that told me a line to put in an ini file to fix the problem, but I can only do that once the OS is installed, and the installer has the same problem. "Not enough available memory".
As for old computers, that's far too short term a solution for me. Old computers die, it's what they do, and it wouldn't last forever.
I apoligize if I gave an impression of hostility. :) I'm just overly sensitive about it because my brother has been nagging me to get rid of the games ever since I installed them. Games with completely different gameplay styles simply cannot be compared with eachother no matter how far apart their release dates are.
Well, I had been trying to get DOS games to work long before I discovered the majority of them I'm using now. A Doom TC I liked to play was not running on my new computer, and I tried for 3 straight years. :)
I was going to remove the RAM. I have a Dell Dimension 8200 which, ironically enough, started with 512mb (2 256 sticks, and two dummies). My brother had a near identical computer, and he was no longer able to use his ram because the new motherboard he was getting did not support RD when he got a new computer. So he gave it to me. My friend installed it for me (as I am rather hardware illiterate) with me, my brother, and another friend there to watch.
When I actually went to temporarily downgrade to 512, I couldn't, because I didn't know what sticks were originally there, and neither could anyone else who had been there. I was told by Dell tech support that if the wrong ones were removed, my computer would be fried. Fun stuff!
In the end I simply couldn't do it for this reason.
There is a dummy stick for RamBus so you can run just the one 512.it is just like a stick of ram but has no memory on it .RamBus has to have chips in both slots.
now where you could get one I don't know but I can get one at my local computer store .