I'm trying to extract menus and other stuff from a New Executable (NE), i.e. the ones from Windows' 16-bit times. The tools I find (e. g. ResourceTuner) work for PEs only.

Any idea for tools to facilitate the resource extraction? Could be several steps too, e.g. one program extracting the raw resources, one displaying them in a proper form.

  • meta-question: why did it tell me my question was subjective, based just on the title? request: could someone retag "pe-resources" to "resources" or "ne-resources", because I don't have the reputation to do so (need 150, just upvote so I can do it myself ;) ) Commented May 3, 2013 at 20:50
  • because it started with 'how can you' ?
    – Ange
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:00
  • @Ange how is that subjective? Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:09
  • I don't know, but their subjectivity detector definitely triggers on 'how can you' ;)
    – Ange
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:26
  • @Ange: "how can you" and "how can one" are near synonymous. No? Fixed up the question a bit. It's great, because it touches a topic not too often found anymore these days.
    – 0xC0000022L
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:35

2 Answers 2


You should try OpenWatcom's Resource Editor, and also Hiew and HT Editor albeit these 2 won't likely display them in proper form, as they are just NE-supporting hex editors.

OpenWatcom includes a full toolchain for Win-16 and dos development.

  • I took a look at the OpenWatcom, looks very promising. Thanks Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:14
  • Perhaps a bit more detail would be in order? Especially since you only mention OpenWatcom, not exactly which of the tools to use.
    – 0xC0000022L
    Commented May 3, 2013 at 21:18

A great resource for old tools is the SAC server. From a quick search Resource Grabber seems to support NE resources, though the UI is annoying to use.

Another options is eXeScope (shareware).

Also, long time ago I found somewhere a tool with the name dresplay.exe. I don't have it at hand right now and Google doesn't seem to know about it...

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