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DOS Database PCFile On WinXP DOS ??

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by DJT, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. DJT

    DJT Thread Starter

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    I have a favorite old DOS data base system, PCFile, and would like to run it on a planned XP system. Can anyone forecast what the results will be? I am suspicious DOS on XP maybe crippled or somehow a subset of the real DOS.

    Thanks

    DJT
     
  2. DoubleHelix

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    There is no "real" DOS in Windows XP. There's no way to predict if the software will work or not. Try it and see.
     
  3. DJT

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    The DOS associated with XP is likely an emulation of some sort, so thats why I was suspicious. I have not had the opportunity to play with XP.

    So I hear ya, it comes down to try it and see what happens. I was hoping that more clarity on the topic would be available.

    If I have to, I could migrate to MS Access, but, why use a sledgehammer to kill a fly?

    DJT
     
  4. JohnWill

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    Actually, unless it used the older file access with FCB's, it's likely it'll work just fine. FCB's are not compatible with FAT32 or NTFS access, so that could be a sticking point. They're emulated somewhat by the MS-DOS simulation of 2K/XP, but from my experience, that's a suspect area.

    You could also try running it in a virtual DOS machine under Microsoft Virtual PC, which is now free to download.

    FWIW, the only MS-DOS application I found that wouldn't work was SuperSort, which re-uses it's FCB's, and the MS-DOS emulation chokes on it. Obviously, applications that access the bare hardware will be troublesome. COM port emulation is provided, but not much else.
     
  5. DJT

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    Thank you for the info. I expect to give this some attention in the next few weeks & update this thread with the results.

    DJT
     
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    Let us know... :)
     
  7. lord-paul

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    I have been using PCFILE for many years and it works OK on WIN98 and XP.

    If you find you need to print using a USB printer then DOSPRINT will do that job for you too.
     
  8. lord-paul

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    There is REAL DOS within XP. ?????????????

    There IS

    Try going to cmd prompt and most of the DOS commands will STILL work OK.
     
  9. steigrafx

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    If you need to print, let us know. You can use the "net use" command to direct output to your printer. A third-party printing app usually isn't necessary.
     
  10. JohnWill

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    Actually, there really is NOT a "real" DOS, it's an emulation. Yes, many applications work, but then many others don't.
     
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    16 bit applications, and I think I remember this program from the DOS days being a really nice database program and as such a 16 bit program, don't do well on XP. I think you should check out MS Access. if you into database development on a low level, you'll be happy.
     
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    Actually, all MS-DOS applications were 16 bit applications, and most of them will run fine with XP's DOS emulation.
     
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