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Running Cakewalk Pro 2.0 Under Windows XP
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  I'm not exactly sure how I was able to do it, but I've
been using Cakewalk Pro Ver. 2.00 ever since I got my first computer.
The operating system was Windows 3.11.  The program still operates
just fine under Windows XP, with only one very minor glitch: when
I first open the program I get an error message which reads, "Not
a Cakewalk file format".  I hit the "OK" button and start working.
Every aspect of the program works!

Looking back, I do remember having some minor problems getting the
program to run when I first moved my Cakewalk folder from my Windows
98SE computer to the XP.  As I recall, I had to locate a couple of
DLL files and put them in the right places.  I never did "install"
the program in the traditional manner.  I just ran the .exe file.

I've sometimes wondered why I seem to be able to get old programs
to run flawlessly under newer operating systems.  All I can figure,
though I have no way of knowing for sure, is that I hardly ever
install a program where the computer would like me to install it.
Before I ever begin to install a program, I create a folder and give
it the name of the program.  Then when I'm asked where the program
should be stored, I use the folder I created.  (I've been doing that
for at least ten years.)

Windows always wants to install programs in the Program Files
directory, and if memory serves, that started happening when Windows
95 came out.  Under 3.11, programs were installed in their own
directory (folder).  When I started having problems getting 3.11
programs to run under W95, I started creating my own
directories/folders.  I regularly use programs that were written back
in the early 1990's under Windows XP without any problem.  The only
exceptions, as I can recall, have been programs that only used 16
colors....  Other than that, I use a host of programs that were all
written ten or more years ago.

John A Tuttle
Brick, New Jersey, USA

(Message sent Thu 4 Aug 2005, 14:07:42 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  2.0, Cakewalk, Pro, Running, Under, Windows, XP

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