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Hi. I've been told that QBASIC would be a good language to begin learning programming. Is this possible if i'm running XP pro, & if so, how do I access it?

Thanks, JeffK

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Not supplied with XP.

Most will fetch it from their old system.

Here's a trick you should try. Pull up the Task Manager and watch the CPU Meter. Run Qbasic. All is OK?

Click on the File menu and watch the CPU meter soar. Not a bug...


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fetch from old system?

fetching from old system - do you mean from previous windows versions? My XP pro is an upgrade from Win 2K, so could I/how would I do that? If I can't is there any way I can get it as an installable program? Is it actualy the best language to start with, someone suggested Pascal. Any comments about which would be better for someone with no programming experience? Are Pascal or QBASIC usualy available as downloads? Where?

Thanks, Jeff

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Qbasic? No.
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Seems to work for me.

I copied the Qbasic and the help files from a Windows 95 disc to the C:\Windows\System32 folder. Access via Run>cmd. qbasic command.

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Oh !

With the files in the System32 folder, you can run qbasic straight from the Run box by typing in qbasic.

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molte grazie, Papa

Seems to work - I copied QBASIC + help from a W98 SE CD (D:\tools\oldmsdos) & it seems to run ok with my XP pro (so far!.......)
Thanks all.

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further observations

I saved the 2 files to a folder in my documents where i've got stuff about programming & it seems to run - i.e. doesn't need to be in system 32 folder.

Pity the qbasic window is so small & trying to maximize it just moves it to another posuition on the screen, but doesn't change the size.


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Dear jeffk,

Attempt pressing alt-enter to maximize it.
If that doesn't work, use a simple "screen 11" or "screen 12" command, just that, and it will maximize itself when run. After that you can delete the line and it will stay maximized.

Or, you can always email me at and ask me for a newer version of qbasic. I do believe it is freeware so I have no objections in sending you my version - zipped. I had the same problem, so I got this newer version off a friend which works great.

Qbasic is the most simple and basic programming language. It is not exactly the most fun and entertaining programming language, but it will teach you the fundamentals to base your more advanced learning on.

Let me know,

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