Subject Re: dBASE Plus 2.8
From Dennis Hoover <>
Date Thu, 18 May 2023 20:01:47 -0400
Newsgroups dbase.getting-started

Thanks Lee, it looks to me like this was written completely in dBASE as a custom app.  The application uses many compiled forms, reports, etc. and obviously many .dbf files.
I don't see any references to any other development tools or runtimes besides dBASE.
The dialog box appears to be within the application with custom wording (not a generic error message).  I just can't figure out what it is looking for but I am trying some pretty aggressive tools to try to decompile.
thanks again.

Lee Grant Wrote:

> Dennis,
> As the others have already mentioned, those are possible issues, but the
> issue I think I'm hearing, is that the developer had a license for the
> program that he wrote, and you don't have a license for it, not dBASE in
> general which the runtime doesn't need anyway, so this should be related
> to the developers licensing the program to you. If the computer doesn't
> have whatever licensing scheme the developer created to verify your
> licensing right to the program, it's not going to matter what dBASE,LLC
> has to say about it.  This should be a program that you have a license
> to run his (the developers) program.
> Lee
> On 5/17/2023 6:35 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.