Subject Re: dBASE Plus 2.8
From Andy Taylor <>
Date Thu, 18 May 2023 17:27:22 +0100
Newsgroups dBASE.getting-started

On 18/05/2023 16:40, Andy Taylor wrote:
> Hi Dennis,
> I see that others have given you good advice on installing the version
> of the runtime that you will need.
> As Mervyn notes, if you have no source code then you will need to
> start again from scratch.  What I have done for a number of clients is
> to rescue old applications written in previous versions of dBASE with
> a limited rewrite for those portions of the code that was missing.
> The benefit with me doing this is that you get a copy of the source
> code for every version that I produce.  You then get software that:
> a) you are not reliant on me to rewrite/maintain.
> b) is future proofed for windows and and any future dBASE changes.
> Good luck on your exe search and if you need to bite the bullet please
> come back to me. I have lots of references I can give from happy
> retained clients.
> Regards,
> Andy
>> 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.