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Sidekick 99 by Starfish

by Margomichelle / September 18, 2006 7:23 AM PDT

I have the old Sidekick 99 software by Starfish (now out of business). No way can I download this on my new desktop PC. Any posted info was a couple of years ago. I can't even find a convertor anywhere. Anybody have any suggestions? I really liked this easy to use program and have years of addresses on it!

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Did You Google?.........................
by Trance_Zac / September 18, 2006 8:41 AM PDT

I did............And I think you're right @ being out of luck.
The last production was Sep 1999

The only solution I can see is run it from an old 98 PC

But then, you may want to dig deeper into the results for a convertor

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Abandoning Sidekick now
by philcreeklab / September 18, 2006 9:10 PM PDT

I have Sidekick 98, and it has been the main reason I keep my laptop which runs Windows ME. After periodically trying to find a solution to the problem, I have given up all hope. The export feature does seem to work well (as does everything in Sidekick), so I am transfering everything to an Excel spreadsheet via export and going to import it into another db system. The notes "field" from the address book which can record your calls etc does NOT export with the notecard records so I have to cut and paste that data into an additional column in the spreadsheet. Since OpenOffice is basically free a gives provides a reliable Excel spreadsheet reader/writer, you don't have to invest much money, just time, to get your data somewhere safe, i.e. into a file format likely to be supported into the foreseeable future. Would recommend that you do basically the same.

Please post if you find a solution to running Sidekick under XP. I think Sidekick is one of the most elegant programs ever developed.

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Sidekick 99
by Margomichelle / September 19, 2006 12:15 AM PDT

Thanks for your input. I will try to export them to excel. It is sad no other software company has developed (or copied) the simplicity of this program. Too bad there is no one out there that was part of developing the SK files that could help us out.

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Sidekick works in Ubuntu/wine
by imogenus / March 1, 2011 7:43 AM PST

I got Sidekick to work in Ubuntu/linux, using wine in windows 3.1 compatibility mode with full functionality.

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Sidekick 99 still works
by Jack123456jj / November 1, 2012 12:17 AM PDT

I am running Sidekick 99 on my Windows 7 Enterprise operating system at work and on my personal laptop running a little bit older version of windows Vista and it works fine.

I had no problem loading it on either system. You may have another program that is conflicting with it.


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Sidekick 99 still works even on Windows 8.0
by Jack123456jj / August 20, 2013 6:46 PM PDT

Hi this is Jack again...

I recently bought a new ACER laptop running Windos 8.0 (a big mistake, poor excuse for an operating system, but that can be discussed in another posting..). I loaded SideKick 99 directly from the Sidekick 99 program disk that I purchsed on ebay many years ago and it loaded and ran well with no problems in the Windows 8.0 operating environment.

As much as I hate Windows 8.0 it DID accept the Sidekick 99 install readily and works well with NO changes requried to the basic operating system files.


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Sk99 installation disk
by FranzW / August 22, 2014 1:35 AM PDT

Hello Jack,
I have used Sidekick 99 during many years, and I really love this program. My new laptop also came with Windows 8 installed. Since I have lost my installation disk a long time ago, I wonder if you could kindly e-mail me a copy of it.
Best regards,

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Two things
by Jimmy Greystone / August 22, 2014 10:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Sk99 installation disk

Two things:

1: The person whose post you're responding to made that post almost exactly 1 year ago, so they may have long since moved on from here
2: What you're asking for is considered software piracy, since you offer up no proof of previous ownership of this software. Even then, at least under US Copyright law, it would still be illegal because "Jack" doesn't have permission from Stardock to distribute their copyrighted software.

And a bonus third thing is that you don't give an email address for "Jack" to use, which would have been swiftly removed anyway.

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Yeah, but they only had 5 customers
by James Denison / August 23, 2014 3:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Two things

Now we've got to find the 5th. Wink

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(NT) Touche
by Jimmy Greystone / August 23, 2014 3:58 AM PDT
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by Barry_Ault / September 11, 2015 4:44 PM PDT

I have SK 98 and Win 10, If I boot in safe mode it works, normal mode it won't (it did once or twice). , I am trying to disable different programs in startup but nothing yet.

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Did you remember to install those patches?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 11, 2015 4:50 PM PDT
In reply to: SIDEKICK 98
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by KenSmithW / September 23, 2015 2:00 AM PDT

what's that?

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I can't know that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 23, 2015 8:43 AM PDT
In reply to: what

I offered the link to see if you did or did not. If you did not, then you check that link and be sure to print it in case the site goes away.

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by KenSmithW / September 23, 2015 2:00 AM PDT

what's that

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