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  • #46
    Re: Windows 8

    I have decided to buy dbdos pro 3 for 'peace of mind' and also because xp mode is starting to make my computer run very slowly. I have got my A4 V8 working with dbdos pro 3 ie I can view and enter records (I run simple databases not sets etc) but can't seem to print to printer / email or pdf and was wondering if there is a quick fix to make this all happen. Your help will be much appreciated! Best wishes Robert


    • #47
      Re: Windows 8


      I purchased dbdos 2 in April and upgraded to Pro3 in May. They enlarged the instruction manual from "2" to "3" mostly to accommodate printing. My use of Pro3 does not require much printing, so to date I have not attempted it. If you have not done so, print out that manual--quick start guide. Now that you have raised the question, I will see what I can do to print.

      Regarding the email or pdfs, I don't know what you expect to do. Using ctl_alt_del while in pro3, will get you into task manager and from there you can get into IE. From there, you can get into mail. Your best bet to email or pdf information from pro3, is to save the files from pro3 and then exit pro3. At that point, pull up the saved files and use the email or pdf.

      If all else fails, call dbdos.

      Let me know how you make out.



      • #48
        Re: Windows 8

        @assetcontrol, boy do I appreciate your need for 'peace of mind.' With windoze.any.ver, you have to wonder what it's going to do next that will trash your system. But my question/comment is about this part of your message: "... xp mode is staring to make my computer run very slowly."

        Why should it be running slower? If it was running OK before Windoze-8, the only reason I can think that it should not be running OK now is that Microtrash has introduced a file or script in one of it's "Updates" to make it run slower. To cause users so much inconvenience that they have to run out a buy Windoze-8 and incur a new learning curve just to navigate it, to say nothing of the horror of "updating" one's software/programs.

        Could it be that we will have to use one computer for business purposes and another one, with Windoze-8, to use the Internet?