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Database Needed

by raduzhok / July 24, 2012 6:44 AM PDT

First, sorry if I'm not in the right forum, for this. Please direct me to the correct forum, if needed.

My situation is thus: I have been using an MS-DOS database (PFS) for decades. I'd begun using it for a database for my personal library. Although computers evolved, I was still able to use my database, thru the 'command' option. Unfortunately, since I had to upgrade to a new computer recently, with WINDOWS 7, I lost access to be able to use my DOS based program.

While I searched over the years to find a WINDOWS based database, which I could design to use like my PFS program, I did not find anything similar, and all were very limiting, for my uses.

Now, I have to find that Microsoft database, and I was hoping there might be some tech people who understand the MS DOS type of program I was using, and could suggest a comparable WINDOWS database.

Thank you

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Not lost yet!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 24, 2012 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Database Needed

Let's say this is indeed DOS based. I still can run DOS apps, not all but many in 7.

But let's say you couldn't make it go. Did you try VIRTUALBOX and install DOS there then your PFS?


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More info about VirtualBox please?
by raduzhok / July 26, 2012 2:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Not lost yet!

Thank you, Bob, for answering. I don't know about VirtualBox. Can you give me a link to info about it, how it works, and such, and how I'd install DOS there? It sounds like a really good answer to my problem. The info I get from WIN7 after trying to run PFS is that the program is not set up for a 64bit system.

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Type virtualbox on
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 26, 2012 2:10 AM PDT

There's another to try too that isn't as hard which is DOSBOX.

So to find all the sites about either, head to and type in DOSBOX and VirtualBox.


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