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Running an app on one PC that's stored on another on network

by jamie.p.walsh / July 18, 2005 11:39 PM PDT

Describe what happens. Take MS Word for instance since there are licenses involved.

To me, it seems as though we are using this application with the same license. My question is, this is not the same as running it remotely right? It is actually being loaded onto my PC's cache and memory. The performance is determined by my machine's configuration, right?

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What happens? It doesn't run.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2005 11:53 PM PDT

Here's why. In 1995, Microsoft issued a new Windows with concepts such as the registry and shared DLLs. These items are why you can't run most apps without installing.

However since you mention Word, why not move up to Open Office which you can install on all machines and is file and format compatible?

We did that and saved the company a pile of cash.


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I was using Word as an example.
by jamie.p.walsh / July 19, 2005 12:18 AM PDT

we use Anchor/Mirus postal software and they have it set up this way. My machine has the drive mapped that the software sits on. I just can't figure out why it is set up this way.

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Was there a new question?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 12:21 AM PDT

If so, it eluded me.


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not really
by jamie.p.walsh / July 19, 2005 12:30 AM PDT

i never really got an answer to my first. The software package does indeed run this way. I realize that it sits on a mapped drive. However, all 5 of the users are set up this way and all pointing to the same installation. Each having registry from this software package. We also must use an administrative module that came with it to type in the monthly key. However, it is the same key for all 5 of us. I've never seen this done before. So I was posing this scenario out to someone who may be able to enlighten me on a similar situation like this.

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The answer is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2005 12:44 AM PDT
In reply to: not really

Some software is designed to run off a network share. Your (Word) example was one that is not.

Hope this clarifies this issue for you.


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