Subject Re: dBASE Plus 2.8
From Akshat Kapoor <>
Date Thu, 18 May 2023 12:19:39 +0530
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Good Afternoon Dennis,

> This is a shot in the dark and I am desperately hoping a guru can assist me.
> I have a very old custom developed dBASE Plus 2.8 application running on Windows 7.
> The original author passed away 4 years ago and I am trying to get the program running on new computers.  I do not have any source data.  I do some installation files but have some questions (and problems).
> Does the PLUSRUN.exe runtime only installation need a license key? If so, I may be in trouble.  Even though the author had a valid license, I don't have it.
> When the custom .exe file launches it appears to start and I can see the main menu form, however, a dialog box pops up telling me I don't have a license to run the program.
> I have spent hours trying to find out what this program is looking for.  I have tried comparing registries, tables, files, etc.  Used Procmon to monitor processes but just can't figure out what it needs.  I am just thinking that maybe I need to install the runtime with a license or something.
> Any ideas are GREATLY appreciated and thank you for your efforts.

There are three places where License may be required.
1. The runtime (Which as Ken has stated is free and does not require a
key). This is highly unlikely as the main menu form is visible. So
runtime is not preventing execution.

2. The executable.
Without the source code no one can help you out on this. Licence info
may have been hidden anywhere on windows 7 computer. Please take special
care of keeping it running till the issue is solved.

3. Some password in RDBMS database. The app may just be checking the
database connection and since it was unsuccessful then it is just
reporting that you do not have license. Please check the windows 7
computers for installed RDBMS like Firebird, MySQL etc.

These are all wild guesses.