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INFO: MSMQ Does Not Run on a Computer Running Windows 3.x

Article ID: 173324

Article Last Modified on 8/31/1999


  • Microsoft Message Queue Server 1.0

This article was previously published under Q173324


None of the Microsoft Message Queue Server (MSMQ) 1.0 components that come on the Windows NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition installation CD will install and run directly on a computer running Windows 3.x.


Windows 3.x users and applications can access an MSMQ network through one of several interfaces offered. For example, with the Exchange Connector installed, a Windows 3.x user can use the 16-bit Exchange Client to send e-mail to an MSMQ application. For application-to-application communication, you can write a custom MSMQ Connector application that communicates directly with a custom Windows 3.x application, then translate the requests into MSMQ messages.

NOTE: Writing an MSMQ Connector is not a trivial task, and should be undertaken only if the other interfaces described in this article are not appropriate.

Another way users can access an MSMQ network is through a Web page on an Internet Information Server (IIS) WWW server. For example, the MSMQ ActiveX model is accessible by VBScript, which can be used to translate remote user requests into MSMQ messages on the server.

Microsoft is considering adding Windows 3.x support for a future release of MSMQ Server.


For more information about the Exchange Connector, see the online MSMQ Administrator's Guide.

For more information about writing custom connectors and the MSMQ ActiveX model, see the online Help in the MSMQ SDK.

For more information on MSMQ, visit the Web site at:

Additional query words: i86 x86 win win3x win3.x win16 vb script

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