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I have a legacy COBOL accounting application that was in use from 1993 to 1998 or so.  The application is no longer in use for current data, but my users still need to access it to look up old data.

Users that are using Windows 98 are able to use this application.  However, we are planning a migration to Windows 2000 on the desktop.  When a Windows 2000 user tries to access this program, they are presented with this error on startup:

Cobol run time library not installed

As far as I can tell, there is no 'installation program' to set this up, it's just an old-style dos executable.  I am unable to determine the version of COBOL that it us using, except that the COBOL files are located in a directory named 'COBR3161'.

The company that made this software no longer supports it.  Any ideas?
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The COBOL program is written for machines which understand MS DOS. Windows 2000 is not DOS based, but NT based. The only way that you can get it running is by emulating the old DOS environment on your system. APCompat is such a program. Search for it on the net.

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Forgot to mention it before.  I did try using APCompat (located on the Windows 2000 Professional CD, under \support), but got the same error on startup.
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If it does not work, it's probably not ever going to work...

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by:jonnin
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win 98 has some dll's that 2k does not =)
copy *.dll from the hard disk on the 98 machine  (you can seek the correct one if the machine has a lot on it and you have time, hex edit the exe and see if you see dll names mentioned!!) into a dir on the 2k machine and put that in the path.
it may work, it may not.  I fixed a few dos programs this way, (copying from 95 and 98 both)...

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