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moving msworks fm win98 to xp

by jo759 / March 26, 2005 9:05 AM PST

Hi, I have a compaq presario7470 with win98. I want to use the database program in the msworks in a xp computer. I tried the msworks installation program but it keeps asking for program parts. I have the compaq recovery discs. Is it possible to use the untitled zips on the discs to install the msworks on the xp or is there an easier way? Thanks for any help.

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Are you able to
by TONI H / March 26, 2005 9:17 PM PST

browse the Compaq CD in My Computer by clicking the cdrom drive letter with the cd in the drive or does it just autorun with no 'browse' option like some cd's allow?

If you put the cd into the drive and you stop the autorun feature, can you then go into Windows Explorer and click the plus mark in front of the cdrom drive so that other folders show up that you might be able to then browse this way instead?

If you find you are able to browse the cd and look inside some of the folders, see if there is a specific one for MSWorks/Money (usually the two programs are installed together on vendor cd's). If you can locate that folder, there should be a setup.exe file within it that will let you install MSWorks/Money, and if so, you might be able to then have the option of a 'custom install' that lists both programs so you can uncheck MS Money and only install MS Works. All of its installation files will be inside that folder and setup will tell the program where to look for what it needs then.

Once you can get it fully installed on the XP system, you can then copy the database from your W98 system to floppy disk (if it will fit all on one) or burn it to a cd or put it on a removable keychain type harddrive if you have one, and then copy it to the XP system in the same folder location there as it came from on the W98 system by letting it overwrite the new blank database that the installation will create.

TONI

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Sorry, but a lock has to happen here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 26, 2005 10:42 PM PST

The license was very limited with the bundled software. You may not (and I've read the license and you don't) have the right to move the application.

It enflames some that there are such agreements but the rules are in the forum policies that we can't help break those agreements.

But I will share the the latest OPEN OFFICE, even in beta form now has a top tier database. I know it would be possible to get the data into it.

Sorry, but out here is to buy a MSWorks for the new machine.

If you find this disturbing, I can feel why. But you didn't buy that application for use on any other machine. That's why they were able to bundle it.

Bob

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Doesn't the agreement state
by TONI H / March 27, 2005 2:16 AM PST

that it can only be used on ONE machine at a time, rather than limited to ONLY the original machine, Bob? Most MS products give you the ability to move applications, including the operating system itself to a new machine IF you uninstall it from the original. I didn't see anything in his post to indicate that there was any other intent with his request.

TONI

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Only in the non-bundled non-oem supplied products.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 27, 2005 2:24 AM PST

It has cause too many to burst into flames that such a right doesn't come with the machine or the software that came with it.

Such bundled software does have specialised CRIPPLED installers to thwart such casual piracy.

Again, it's my thought that we can't help this one since:

a. It's not the right version to move over.
b. It's the bundled version which has no rights to move to any other machine.
c. It doesn't have the right installer for XP.

We may be doing them more harm than good if we did help them force it over.

Bob

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