Subject Re: dBASE Plus 2.8
From Dennis Hoover <>
Date Thu, 18 May 2023 19:55:42 -0400
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Ken, tbanks. I will try to reinstall the runtime to see if that helps.  I know over the years the application was modified and upgraded with different versions of the runtime.

Ken Mayer Wrote:

> On 5/17/2023 3:35 PM, Dennis wrote:
> > 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.
> Denis --
> IF you don't have source *code* (which is what I assume you mean in the
> first paragraph) it's going to be difficult at some point.
> However, the runtime is designed so that you shouldn't need a license.
> The desktop for dBASE does require a license. With that said, if you
> need an activation key you will need to contact customer service @ dBASE
> ( with as much information as you can that
> might help them find the license information (the name of the original
> developer, etc.).
> I am not sure why your executable doesn't run. That doesn't make sense,
> it shouldn't be asking for a license if everything is installed
> properly. You may want to, on the machine with custom.exe, download and
> run the Runtime installer:
> If you need a different language, you will need to go to
> and scroll down to a
> red banner that says "dBASE PLUS Runtimes" and click it if you don't see
> anything under it, then click the black text header that says "dBASE
> PLUS Runtime Version 2.80" ... the different language installers are there.
> Ken
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