Subject Re: dBASE Plus 2.8
From Dennis Hoover <>
Date Thu, 18 May 2023 19:57:28 -0400
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Thanks Akshat, it appears to use BDE and I have the entries in there pointing to the dabase locations.

Akshat Kapoor Wrote:

> 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.
> Regards
> Akshat