Subject Re: problems running dbase IV 2.0 on windows 10
From Andy Taylor <>
Date Fri, 29 May 2020 18:32:34 -0400
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started


I hate to break it to you but the real problem is that you are trying to run software that is 30+ years old on modern kit.
The bad news is that it sounds like you've reached the end of the road on work-arounds.
The good news is that dBASE 2019 will run the majority of your code without a complete rewrite.
This means that your prg files will probably run ok depending on what commands are used, your tables can stay the same, and the command prompt is still there.
However, _all_ of your screen layouts will fall over (the @SayGet commands are gone).

The big advantage is that you probably get another 20+ years of using most of the same code.
you will be using a platform that is supported under windows and enables you to dip your toes into Object Oriented programming.

You will also have access to this bunch of people who (mostly) have been through what you're facing.

> Hi,
> This is my 1st time so I hope I am posting this correctly.
> For years, I have been running dBase IV ver 2.0 starting with Windows 95 now all the way up to Windows 10.  I had a peer-to-peer network "Workgroup" under Windows and was able to add a Western Digital network drive, which I mapped as "X"  The WD drive was about 10 years old, so I just replaced it with a Synology NAS.
> Dbase was installed on each computer in the "C" drive.  All the databases, programs, reports, etc. were in the folder X:\Wallace.  I used a shortcut on everyone's Desktop  "command" object (if that is the correct term).
> The command line was C:\Dbase\dbase.exe  X:\Wallace\wallace.prg with the "Working" field set to X:\Wallace.
> This worked relatively well for years until Microsoft deleted "Dos" from Windows 10 64 bit.   I treid dBdos but could not get the drives to map properly, so I ended up using Oracles Virtual Box v. 6.1 to run a Virtual Windows 7 Professional machine.  I installed Dbase inside the Virutal Machine on the C: drive and mapped the "X" drive into it.
> The problem is it is not stable.  The computers are all new refurbished HP amd Dell with Intel i5 chips and 16 gig of memory.  When it runs, it is really fast.  But too many times, it can take 2-3 minuntes to load or simply locks up.
> I never "offically" configured dBase as a "network" configuration but it never seemed to be a problem.  It just would make you hit the "space bar" anytime you wanted to edit a record.  At the most, 3 people could be using dBase at the same time, although they are usually doing different things.
> Any help or suggestions would be great.  I don't know how this platform works but my cell is 609-350-3800  and my email is
> Thanks,
> Howard