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I'm using Windows 8. When I try to use SimpleAssemblyExplorer Windows pops-up a message, and doesn't allow me to run that application. I tried to run it with the compatibility options; Windows 7 & XP, neither worked.

Since SAE projects seem to be inactive, there is no way to test the new version.

How can I get rid of this message and get the program to run?

The text reads "This app can't run on your PC. To find a version for your PC, check with the software publisher."

Here is a screenshot:

Windows 8 nag

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Please post a screenshot of the message in question. There isn't any reason this application should not work on Windows 8. This question has nothing to do with the modern user interface so I removed that tag. – Ramhound Dec 12 '12 at 12:37
Well, I found the reason, that It seems, I have x64 app, which don't have any clue on the name. I downloaded x86 and it worked fine. – Jones Dec 13 '12 at 5:24
I think you should post your solution as an answer, and restore the screenshot in your question. This to help anyone else with a similar issue. – galacticninja Dec 13 '12 at 5:39
Ok; I'll do it. – Jones Dec 13 '12 at 8:45
up vote 15 down vote accepted

Well, the above error message (shown in the screenshot) is not very detailed. However, the problem is: using a different architecture than Operating System architecture. In my case, I wanted to (or tried to) launch the x64 executable whereas the OS is x86.

To solve the issue, I had to download the x86 version of the same software (the app), and that worked fine. The confusion arises because Windows 8 doesn't provide much detail for troubleshooting the problem.

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Feel free to accept your own answer, as to help others that are looking for a solution. – pleinolijf Dec 13 '12 at 9:05
I also had this happen when running a 64-bit program on a 32-bit machine. Gotta love 'em "friendly" messages which fail to tell you what actually went wrong. – romkyns Feb 24 '13 at 11:25
Any particular reason I'd be getting this on an x64 system for what I thought was a 64-bit app? (Maybe it's the old itanium 64 bit?) – ebyrob Oct 29 '13 at 7:51

In my case, by mistake I had overwritten the exe file with a 0KB file. And trying to run this caused the same exact message

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The same in my case, except I haven't figured out what caused the zero byte file - was the output of a failed Visual Studio build attempt I suppose. – RedFilter Jun 19 '15 at 13:30
+1. Dinesh, your problem happened to me too. – jasonspiro Aug 6 '15 at 1:26
I ran a batch file that i copied from the command prompt, with the extra C:\....> at the beginning apparently this copies a new 0KB file over the existing one. This error message is the worst, should just say invalid exe or something. – TechnoCore Nov 3 '15 at 18:24
Same thing happened to me, but with winhttpcertcfg.exe. – Scott Mitchell Apr 7 at 23:06

Corrupted installer is another cause for this error message. See Corrupted files are the cause of Windows 8 "This app can't run on your PC" error.

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That was the problem for me with Java 32 bit install. Thanks ! – Eric MORAND May 7 '14 at 10:13
Same, the JDK 64 bit installer was corrupt. Just had to download again. This kind of thing makes you question your sanity. – nialsh May 8 '14 at 19:26
My issue too. Try downloading with Internet Explorer. It allows you to resume download, whereas Firefox silently dropped the ball. – Neolisk Apr 9 '15 at 13:12

Is it the "Windows Protected your PC" error message? - If so, follow below;

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Thanks, but problem solved differently as stated in OT comment – Jones Dec 13 '12 at 5:24

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