Subject Re: problems running dbase IV 2.0 on windows 10
From Bruce Beacham <>
Date Mon, 1 Jun 2020 22:23:32 +0100
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started


I have fallen back on it for my last remaining legacy system as the XP
machine crashed... but the latest version works well for me in a simple

Bruce Beacham

On 30/05/2020 00:02, Ken Mayer wrote:
> On 5/29/2020 6:06 AM, Howard Markman wrote:
>> 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
> To add to Andy's comment, dBASE (the company) also has a software
> package that will run most dBASE/DOS apps on Windows ... I'm drawing a
> complete blank on the name of it as I don't use it, but it apparently
> works well. It's worth considering as at least a stop-gap. Despite
> Andy's comments, the program code may run, but the screens and reports
> won't in dBASE 2019, and would require some extensive work to migrate them.
> Ken