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When running a Visual COBOL compiled application on Windows XP, it fails to start. Various errors can be shown, for example a "not a valid image" dialog.
Ensure that the application is compiled using the command:
Option y specifies that the application is to be built so that it can also run on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
If working within Visual Studio or the Eclipse IDE this option can be added to the Additional Directives area.