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Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

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  • #16
    Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

    You can also download from Microsoft a virtual machine copy of xp pro - about 900 GIGs.

    the main issue is whether PFS is self installing; some programs are, just run the appropriate exe and see what happens
    some of Alpha's programs were self installing - so if you had a copy of the program on one machine, and copied and pasted the folder to another, and clicked on alpha5.exe it would self install.

    I'm not sure but I think V5 did self install. I don't recall the "key" issues for installing V5, though.
    I used to use PFS back from 1982 thru 1998 with DOS as the base OS - when I switched to Alpha and OFfice.
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    • #17
      Re: Anyone Heard of PFS: Professional File?

      Originally posted by chris seah View Post
      Hi Keith,
      My suggestion is to jump from the Win98 platform
      into a WinXP platform if you are thinking of running both the PFS File and A5v5.
      You should be able to find some XP notebooks or desktop PCs around ( from the web, e.g. eBay )

      Thanks for the quick response, Chris.

      I have a hard drive from an XP computer. When I can get my young computer tech here I'll suggest replacing the Vista hard drive with the XP drive.

      I then still have the problem of getting the files (and programs?) from the Win98 drive to the XP drive. The tech tried loading A5V5 into the Vista computer, but that did not work, even with the serial number from the software package. Alpha told me that they don't support that software any longer since it is decades old, and it is now necessary to purchase a "developer's license" with a minimum annual fee of $499. I'm not a developer and just want to use the software I purchased, even if that was years ago. It still worked fine until the video card on the Win98 computer went on the fritz. The mother board on the 98 computer is beginning to go bad, so the data will be lost.

      The PFS:Professional File is another can of worms. Most of my stuff has been in long-term storage, apparently including the discs and manual for this program. An online search found only someone selling this software for the TRS 80 Model III (which was my first computer and was dumped decades ago). I have hard copies of the most important PFS data and if necessary can spend countless hours reentering the data into whatever program the Alpha data is exported to, which of course can be done only if a video card for the old computer can be found. I would be willing to buy this software again if necessary, if it can be found anywhere, so that my tech can find a way to export the files from 98 to Vista/XP. However, I'm wondering if PFS will even work with either Vista or XP, since it is a DOS program. I've only used it with 95/98.

      Thanks again.