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Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium
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Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

(OP)
thread807-1571275: Windows 7 64bit SK98 Install

I had SK98 working in XP and Vista but cannot install it in Windows 7 Home Premium. I have an install file called skw98sea.exe which is 8972 kb dated 5/11/2001 23:24. I have tried all the compatibility settings but the install won't run. I also tried Internet Sidekick and that did not work either. Reading the forum it seems that a lot of people have managed to get it to work in W7. Any suggestions?
Thanks, Ian

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi, I have installed it on Windows7 64bit using the procedure James33 indicates in this forum. I think you will find it on
http://www.tek-tips.com/faqs.cfm?fid=3761
or thereabouts.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Glad to hear that jimalex, good luck!

Jim

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

(OP)

Thanks Jimalex, but the link you refer to leads to details of a CD with install files, not a procedure. I have the SK98 install file and the patch. I looked at FAQ807-7112: What works with Vista and Windows7 32 & 64 bit, but this doesn't help because I can't get past the program compatibility error stage, even after trying all the options. So I am still stuck.

Note, I then tried another approach, running SKW from an installed file on an external disk (actually what used to be my windows XP internal disk). First I got the "can't start because TIMESYNC.DLL is missing. In my XP disk, this is located in /Windows/System32. I copied it into the …sidekick98/program folder and this sorted this error. But then I got a strange error with spurious characters followed by cityinfo.dat. This file is present, so I don’t know what to do.

BTW, I also tried installing Internet Sidekick but that won't install either, also getting stuck at the compatibility stage.

Any suggestions?

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Sorry I gave you a bum steer. I installed 98 back in 2009 when it was possible to download seven zip files and a 98 patch free. This appears to have disappeared and instead there is a CD to purchase. However, have a look at
http://softwaretopic.informer.com/starfish-sidekic...
it may have what I have.
It was important to use the correct directory. In my case it is
C:/STARFISH/SIDEKICK
Downloading the zip files involved one file per zip and one file for the patch.
In Disk 1 unzipped there is a set-up file and following this one zip at a time is all I remember having to do.
I still have the zip files and patch and suspect that the above url may be the same thing. This of course is starting from scratch and in using the software you already have I can only suggest the directory. If you go back to the forum page for 2009 it's a bit of an agony page (page5?) of trouble where such things as Safe Mode and new PIMs found a result but starting from scratch is all I know.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Footnote- just had a look at the url. It lists all Starfish Sidekicks but does not look trustworthy.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

@jimalex, the url you posted is indeed sketchy. While they use the name Starfish and Sidekick 98 on their page and use the SK98 icon, the program they are offering has nothing to do with SK. That program fiddles your system settings depending on where you are working. Likely it's also datamining your work.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Ok, now that's off my chest, lets get on to the problem at hand. Like @IanMcKean, I have the installation program for SK98 and its associated patch. I told Win7 Home Premium that the programs were Win95 compatible and it refused to run them.

Then, I just copied my files over and tried to run the program (from c:\Starfish\Sidekick) and got the can't run because of missing timesync.dll. At the moment, I don't have access to my old system, where I might find timesync.dll. It appears that copying it over didn't work for @IanMcKean anyway.

I've got close to 20 years of my life tied up in SK of one form or another, and this situation rather sucks. If anyone has a clear idea regarding what exact versions of Win7 will work with which versions of SK, that would be nice. Things are rather confusing for me around here.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Dear Igpiper

The best idea is definitely to do as you did, and copy the whole installation files/folders to your hard drive first but then, once you have done that, right-click the sidekick install file and choose to send it to the desktop as a shortcut.

Go to the desktop and right-click on the shortcut and choose to run it in compatibility mode as XP service pack 4 or 5.
After changing that setting, right-click on the shortcut again and choose to run as administrator and then when asked, choose the folder to install it in C:\Sidekick\Sidekick98 and allow it to create that folder.

That should work.
The patch is only a zip file, so you can just extract the 2 files (Sidekick.exe and Yintll.dll) in it, to a folder on the desktop and then copy the files to the Sidekick Program folder (when it is there)!

HTH
Jim

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Ok, we have two new data points.

My new PC is running Windows 7 Home Premium. As I said, I'm not getting SK98 to install. I put it in compatibility mode for Win 95, ran as an admin, and no luck. I get a message telling me that my version of SK is incompatible with Win and that I should contact the software publisher...like that could happen.

BUT...I remembered that my daughter gave me a 2006-vintage MacBook, but with a relatively new OS (I think it's Snow Leopard). A year and a half ago, I installed a copy of Win7 Pro in a virtual box on the MacBook. My SK98 installation files worked fine in the Win7 partition of the MacBook (in Win95 compatibility mode and as an admin), other than the thing is slow as molasses due to memory issues and the like (only 1 GB for the Win7 partition). It appears that SK works on the MacBook partition. I click run and it runs. I've yet to port over my 18 or so years of fun files to see that they load and read properly, but I'm hopeful.

Now, on my PC, the Win7 Home Premium system, I also tried just copying in all the program files from my previous installation. When I try to run SK by clicking on the program itself, it tells me that TIMESYNC.dll is missing. So, I copied TIMESYNC.dll from my MacBook partition into the Windows/system32/ folder of on the PC. One would think I might get a new error when I try running the SK program, but it still tells me that TIMESYNC.dll is missing. So, I'm guessing there's some issue related to installation/registration of .dll files. Anyone have any ideas?

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi Jim,

Not so well. I tried the directions, which of course required me to try to remember some DOS commands winky smile , but I got the following message:

Quote:

The module TIMESYNC.dll failed to load.

Make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or degug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .dll files.

The specified module could not be found.

So, I did some dir commands to make sure both files were, indeed in the c:\windows\system32 directory. My recollection is that Windows isn't case sensitive, but I tried fiddling with that as well. So far, no go. I might try fiddling with the registry a bit, but probably not for a day or two. I have baby sitting duty tomorrow and a class and groceries on Friday.

Thanks for the suggestion, however. I've been following this particular forum, as a lurker obviously, for quite a number of years, and appreciate your dedication to it.

take care,
larry p

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

I was also going to recommend the regsvr32 thing. What happened when you entered that command?

I am still using SKW2 on my Windows XP machine at work. Have also run SK98 but I actually like the look and feel of the old version better. Even in XP running Sidekick is a bit tricky at times. I have had decent luck running it in its own memory space but every so often I get the dreaded "win 16 subsystem has insufficient resources" message and the easiest way around is to reboot (or go through patching and replacing wow32.dll). I am not sure if I tried installing any Sidekick versions on my home machine which is a newer Dell with Win 7 but I might give it a try.

Hopefully, by the time it gets to an operating system that Sidekick will not run on, I will be retired and won't need it. So sad that someone hasn't picked up the ball and run with it to create an update of Sidekick but keeping all of the old features.

Doug

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

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Like many of you, I am a long-time user of Sidekick 98, and when Windows 7 came along, and I could not get it to install using the normal self-extracting install file (skw98sea.exe), I was devastated! I even went so far as to revert back to Win7/32bit on my first Win7 machine a few years ago, just so I could keep Sidekick!

Recently, I have been working on the problem, with both Win7 and Win8 machines. I finally dug back into my archive of old software boxes, and found the original Sidekick 98 install CD. I tried running this in a Win7 machine, and to my surprise, it would run the installer just fine. But the first time I did the install, the program would not run. After some more experimenting, I found the problem to be that the installer put the program here: c:\Program Files (x86)\Starfish\Sidekick 98\ When I re-installed it in the directory: c:\Program Files\Starfish\Sidekick 98\ it ran just fine.

So here is how to install Sidekick 98 in any Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer:

1) Download the following file, and unzip it into a temporary folder on your computer, say C:\SKTemp
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/9039305/Sidekick98.zip

2) To install, click on the file: C:\SKTemp\Setup.exe When the WELCOME screen opens, click on "Install Sidekick 98". The Setup progress bar will appear in the lower right corner of the screen. It will quickly get to 100%, and then you might think it has crashed, as nothing appears to be happening. But just be patient , and wait until the Progress window goes away. Then click on Exit in the main WELCOME menu.

3) Then the install window appears - click on Next, then Yes to accept the licence agreement.

4) Enter you Name, and a Company name (required, can be your name again), then click Next.

5) Correct the Destination Folder. Click on the Browse button, then delete the " (x86)" in the Path box, so the install path is: C:\Program Files\Starfish\Sidekick 98 Then click OK

6) Click the Next button to continue the installation. Click Next again to accept Folder settings. Click Next again to accept the "Current Settings".

7) You can probably click No when asked whether you want to install TrueSync for PalmPilot (unless you really need this).

8) Then un-check the box to read the Readme File (unless you want to), and click Finish.

9) Go back to your install directory C:\SKTemp and click on sk98patch.exe. This will unzip the Y2K fix files ( sidekick.exe and Yintl.dll ) into your program directory, normally: c:\Program Files\Starfish\Sidekick 98\program\

Then find Sidekick 98 in your Start menu, start the program, and continue to setup program defaults.

If you are moving your Sidekick data files from another computer, you can copy them into a data directory, say D:\SK_Data, and then change Sidekick's "Default Working Directory" to this, by going to Tools | Preferences |General.

I have included two files: TIMESYNC.dll and Timesync.hlp in the directory "System32" in the download ZIP file. Sidekick uses these to do Internet Time Sync, which isn't really needed anymore, since this feature is included in Windows XP and later. If you need it, copy the TimeSync files into your c:\Windows\System32\ folder.

Hope this helps get Sidekick working for you all!

HenryW

P.S. Hate Windows 8 GUI? Get RetroUI at http://www.retroui.com/ to bring the START menu back!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

I really liked the contribution from HenryW and it's better than what I was doing in trying to give IanMcKean a solution. I have never had a problem installing Sidekick98 and I thought the solution was to give him exactly what I did over the years.
http://www34.brinkster.com/trialsites/sidekick98.h...
contains my handywork and it's maybe a lot of hassle compared with HenryW's version as my version relates to the old 7 disks.
Incidentally, I too have found the old disk and even a Borland floppy.

There is a reservation in all this. I now see that the old free site was managed by James33 and he would like some deserved lolly for maintaining future efforts with the software.
So lets get IanMcKean up and working and I'll drop this.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Dear All

That's ok, I have no problem with this solution.
I am now and for the next 4 years an Art Student, and time is fairly valuable to me, I am quite happy to take a back seat on this one.

I will still however maintain my site in 'tandem' with HenryW and JimAlex doing this, and I will still charge for the program downloads as I need to pay for the FileHQ site.

Good luck all.

Jim

Regards Jim
Check the FAQ area of this Forum for answers (If there are any FAQs!) , it could save you a lot of time and effort! Good Luck!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

(OP)
Thanks Henry W and Jimalex for your detailed suggestions. I shall try them tomorrow and report back.

Regards to all forum members,
Ian McKean

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks, @HenryW, your files seem to have solved my problem...mostly. I tried installing last night, and things were slow as molasses and I gave up. I rebooted this a.m. and tried again, and the installation went relatively smoothly. So, it would seem that one can indeed run SideKick 98 in Win 7 Home Premium.

FWIW, I tried, briefly, installing SK 97 from a CD I have, and that didn't work. It might have, perhaps, had I copied the CD files to my desk top or something, and been more aggressive in telling Win7 that we were in Win95 mode. Not sure.

I do have a bit of trouble in Notes in that occasionally, for no apparent reason, one of the words I type in shows up with a strike through. I can remove it, but it's weird none the less.

The only other issue I have is that the interface seems a bit strange. It seems that Win 7 is trying to render things for an old system, so the fonts look a bit ragged.

Whatever, I can now have my calendar back and will be able to tell when I have doctors' appointments, theater engagements and the like.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Ok, the problem with the weird, random crossings out was because I had auto spell check on. Now it's off and I'm ok again. Whew!

Still having problems enforcing my font choices, but eventually, we'll get it sorted out I'm sure.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Great to hear that you were successful in getting it to work in Win 7. My main reason for sticking with Sidekick is for keeping track of my contacts and, specifically, for the free form notes that you are able to have for each card. I find this useful for keeping track of calls and previous discussions with someone over the years and I never did find any easy way of porting this free-field stuff over to another contact manager.

I really only had 2 major complaints. The first is I would have liked to have a nested contact capability. What I mean is that I might deal with several people at the same company and I need a separate card for each one. It would have been slick to have one Company card that you click on that then goes to several sub-cards (one per person).

The other complaint is that you cannot highlight, bold, or underline words when adding notes to a card. I would like the capability of having something more important stand out while typing on the fly and as far as I can tell there is no way of formatting the font during or after entering text in the note.

Other than that Sidekick was a perfect program for what it did. Just enough bells and whistles and pretty easy to use.

Doug

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi Doug,
Your 2 major complaints really belong to another thread but with a little brainstorming there might be a permutation that would work for you.
For example, in CONTACTS the default folders are BUSINESS and PERSONAL. That does not stop you from having several new folders where you choose the name such as COMPANY XX and when you click on this all the CompanyXX cards can be put in this one folder. It's easy to move or copy cards to the COMPANYXX folder from existing folders.

Alternatively try using the SORT command. For example, for every card you want to group together mark COMMENTS with an 1A. Then sort on COMMENTS and all the 1A's will be gouped together. Using CAPITAL LETTERS allows the odd word to stand out.

I think you are right that the contacts choice does not allow much on fonts etc but you might find you can do a lot in MEMOS. You like the free entry aspect and in Memos you can paste templates and write freely in any format. What's ideal in Memos is that you can change font, do italics, and underline. You can't sort much but again you can use separate folders. Or, if you have to have it all together start your title line with 1A for all your CompanyXX cards which will at least group them together. You can separate them as there is a multiple memos procedure where a couple of clicks will isolate all the 1A's.

Brainstorming can be completely useless but I'm sure there's something there.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Jim--feel free to move these tangential posts to another thread.

I am still using Sidekick 2 so there are no memos but I think the Notes is probably the same. What I prefer about the Card Log in the Cardfile view is the manner in which you can keep a running chronological bunch of comments whenever you call or talk with or think about a contact. The free-form nature of the Card Log is great.

I really only have a few tabs in the Cardfile view--Existing Clients, Prospects, Technical Contacts, Building Department contacts. I never thought about creating and devoting an entire tag to a particular client or prospect but that makes sense. I still would prefer it if clicking on a company would automatically pop up all of the separate contacts within that company but I guess this is bells-and-whistles stuff that wasn't easily programmable in the days when Sidekick was ported over from the Dos version to Windows.

By the way, the current struggle I am having is with the "win16 subsystem out of resources" error. I never got this on my old computer which was running XP but I now have a newer computer at work. It is still running XP but is multi-core processor and faster. On this new machine I have been getting the win16 subsystem problem more routinely for some reason. I cannot do the win32.dll fix since the windows file protection on the network does not let me replace. I think there is a registry tweak I can do to force more handles and I might try. Last resort will be to leave Sidekick 2 and go to Sidekick 98 and see how that runs (but I really prefer the look and feel of 2).

Doug

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Dear Doug
If you use [Company] and the CardField: Company has 1A or whatever else in it, the title of a Quick letter in Sidekick98 will give you the Memo titled 1A or whatever and then all the memos titled that, will be grouped together but only if you choose to group/sort by title for memos in that folder.
You can increase the number of pagefiles to avoid the Win 16 out of resource error, I believe.

Regards Jim
Check the FAQ area of this Forum for answers (If there are any FAQs!) , it could save you a lot of time and effort! Good Luck!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi Doug,
As you have SKW2, the only relevant comment I had was to name each folder/cardfile separately and insert the relevant cards in the cardfile. Alternatively, the master cardfile could be annotated by group in the title you sort on, such as A1 for all the A1,s.

You do remind me that I used to export to a dbf file (dBaseIV) and then I could play around with it. Dare I mention that Excel now gives this flexibility.

Mind you, take a look at Sidekick 98 Memos (which is different from SKW2 Notes) as I think it gets close to your requirement if you label a Memo File (like Note File) and have your subfiles as Memos. You then have a blank equivalent of Card Log (eg To Do) and a toolbar like Word.

I share your views on SKW2 but sadly I have never been able to install it on Windows 7 Home Premium. (It´s on Vista). I´m told that all sorts of things work on a more expensive version. I´d guess Windows 8 is no different.

System32.dll is chicken-out territory for me as is its program via the registry. I had occasion to need it but got out of it with System Restore as I had a date where everything was previously working.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Sorry to hijack this thread back to the original topic. winky smile

So, I've still got a small problem, albeit a small one. Following @HenryW's directions, I did get SK98 up and running on Win 7 Home Premium. But I have a consistent problem every time I start the program. When I start SK, I get a message telling me that some unknown program is trying to change things on my hard drive and do I want to allow it to do so? So, of course, I can click "yes" and all is good. But, does anyone have any ideas how to make it stop the alert messages? I've fiddled with program properties and the like, but so far haven't come up with anything useful. SK is in c:\starfish\sidekick98\programs and I launch from a short cut on the quick launch bar.


RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Ok, and now back to the hijacked thread part. Like @DougSilver, I like the feature in the contacts folder that I can have a running log of notes about various calls and so forth. According to the Evernote Bible, you can do something similar by setting up your contacts in Evernote. I think there would be no particularly good way to move your contacts to Evernote, but once there, the sorting and grouping would be relatively easy, and you can easily enough keep up a runnning activity log with each of your contacts.

Before you all helped me get SK running on Win7 HP, I was in the process of moving a bunch of my SK memos stuff over to Evernote. As I said in an earlier post, my SK memos files are in essence a documentation of my life over the past 18 or so years. My main problem with switching from SK to Evernote was that Evernote was not good for the calendar parts, which are important to me. For various reasons, I don't want to give myself over to Google's data mining enterprise, so have little interest in Google Calendar and Google Docs.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hey Piper--I would have thought that installing SK98 the way that you did (in its own directory at the root level versus in the Programs directory) should have prevented the "unknown program trying to change. . . " message.

Frankly, I find Win7 to be a bit of a PITA with all of the intertwined security things that are meant to protect you. I guess that is find for inexperience users but those types of warnings consistently get in the way when you are trying to get something done. There are probably some settings or registry tweaks to turn some of that stuff off.

Doug

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

I love you. Got it up and running on my new Win8 laptop. Now - any download ideas for Win XP - your dropbox file doesn't work for XP. Ideas anyone?

Sue

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hey! This is becoming a one thread forum!
Sue, as you must be the first to say SK works on Windows8 why not put it in a new thread as it will get lost in here.

Now the next bit (still Sue). Dropbox definitely works with Windows XP. The only thing I know is that old and corrupt registry entries deny Dropbox access - so you could try CCleaner to clean the registry.

Alternatively, download the SK zip to Windows8 and save it. Then copy it to your machine that has the Windows XP operating system and unzip it.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

I would guess that lgpiper's "unknown program" problem (13 March 10.45) is not connected to Sidekick and would turn up elsewhere. On the basis that you are using Internet Explorer, try Tools and choose Manage add-ons. You can then see everything that should and should not be there with the facility to disable anything you do not want enabled. There is a "prevent programs from suggesting changes" box which might be worth a tick.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Dear igpiper
There is another way to create a log of calls and it is not in any other program but Notepad.

If you open Notepad and enter .LOG on the first line and then save it as any name then every time that file is opened, there will be a time and date entered on the line following the last line of text entered when it was opened previously.

If you create a new field called PATH
Then you can create a folder on the root of the C:\ drive , maybe called C:\SKNotes and
if you name each file, with no gaps in the name, by the name of the firm that the person whose card you have open works for..... (Sorry about this torturous explanation!)
eg C:\Path\Companyname
you enter that path in the field you have just created, and every time you call that firm,
double click on that path,
Because there are no gaps in the name, you will have selected the entire path, press Ctrl+C
Press Winkey +R and then paste the path you have just copied into the RUN dialog text box,
Press enter and you will open the textfile of that company (time and date entered for you)
you enter the conversation and then
Close the textfile
The name/path of that textfile is the same for each person who works for that firm so....
You now have a record, timed and dated of each of the conversations you have had with that company.

HTH
Jim

Regards Jim
Check the FAQ area of this Forum for answers (If there are any FAQs!) , it could save you a lot of time and effort! Good Luck!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Dear igpiper
One caveat, which I have just thought of, and that is that Notepad has a limit in size of between 45K and 54K see the following Microsoft help page:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/59578
Their solution:
WORKAROUND
Use another text editor to edit the file, well you know now how helpful they can be!

I have found the free version of notetab (notetab light) is quite useful and the .LOG trick works with it:
http://www.notetab.com/download-now.php
It also has a Replace Windows Notepad option under the Help menu and you can restore it if you are not happy.
If you need formatting etc, try another more advanced (usually slower) Notepad replacement by entering "notepad substitute windows" in google or whatever.
That is if you need greater functionality, I prefer the bare bones though Notetab Light is anything but, download it and try it out.
HTH

Regards Jim
Check the FAQ area of this Forum for answers (If there are any FAQs!) , it could save you a lot of time and effort! Good Luck!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

After following HenryW's instructions, I successfully installed SK98 on a new Win 8 64 bit laptop. However, something very strange happened next. When I tried to type in a scheduled event on the daily page, no characters would appear on the event line. Even stranger, when I tried to type in the memo section, it worked fine. Really have no idea what to do next. Any ideas??? Thank you.

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

To try out the obvious first have you checked the font you have set to make sure it's not white?

Regards Jim
Check the FAQ area of this Forum for answers (If there are any FAQs!) , it could save you a lot of time and effort! Good Luck!

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Many thanks to HenryW & others. Have summoned up the nerve to put all my historic
data to the test on Win 8.1. Couldn't have been easier. New machine is a HP Pavilion
laptop, & the whole operation including loading 40+ large Cardfiles going back to 1996
took a whole 6 minutes.

As I like my apps in sets, I used c:\program files\home\sk86 as folder with no problems.
Copied the old data sets from Internet Sidekick into the SK98 userdata, & they worked.
Slight panic when I checked out the most recent cardfile & it was scrambled, with every field content having pushed down a couple of fields, & some off the card..... closed the file, reloaded others & they worked, so returned to the problem file & all seemed well. Not yet worked the new installation hard, but it will be use all day, every day, as it
has been for many years - I'll pass back any peculiarities that I find.

There can't be many items of software that still work exactly as you want after 18 years ..... & for which there is no better modern alternative. ('tho I also still use Ecco Pro as a truly excellent & comprehensive outliner, & that's another abandoned 15-year old+ babe kept alive by a user group. Still has all my grand business plans & strategic forecasts written as we went towards the dot-com boom'n'bust - will make a book one day!)

Colin

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

HenryW I can't thank you enough! Got Sidekick 98 running in Win 7 Pro via your instructions without a hitch. I copied my Sidekick 2.0 Userdata folder over and all my contacts and log entries worked perfect. The calendar Multi-Day and Special Day events came over fine but for some reason none of my other events show up. Any ideas?

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Many thanks to Jim and also Henry as I was able to get Sidekick 98 installed and working on the new Win 7-64bit computer at work. What I did was to install the program at the root level (C:\Starfish) rather than in the Programs folder. Everything seems to work fine except now I am realizing how dated and unattractive the interface looks compared with more recent programs. One thing that would be nice would be if these was some way of adding colors to all of the bright white screens and/or mixing fonts rather than having to go with a single font, etc.

Oh well--at least I can continue to keep track of my contacts.

Doug

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi --

After my initial euphoria, all is not well. Have realised that I cannot update any contact info on win 8.1 x64 regular. SK98 installed after a couple of glitches, & worked ok for a time... but, I have found that sometimes the cardfile is loaded in a way that shows garbled data, & more importantly, whilst I appear to make changes OK, none of them have ever been saved, even after pressing the "save" icon. I have now seem other reports of similar problems.

SK is now refusing to load, citing an obscure error message referring to citypair data.

Will uninstall & start again. I originally installed in the full Program Files folder as
suggested - will now try in the Program Files(x86) folder to see if that works.

Will notify progress later,

Colin

RE: Help Needed - can't install SK98 in Windows 7 Home Premium

Hi Colin
I got it working on C:\STARFISH\SIDEKICK 98\USERDATA.
I had to delete Henry´s idea as it gave me trouble with the Calendar.



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