Legacy App: Parsons Technology Address Book 7.0 - Associating a DLL w/an EXE file
Posted on 2007-11-26
Ran into an interesting problem with a client today. She had a windows installation that was pretty corrupted, so we backed up the data files and reinstalled from scratch.
One of her very important apps is an ancient program called Parsons Technology Address Book 7.0, which isn't running correctly as we didn't have the original installation discs.
When we try to run the application from it's directory, we get an error:
This application has failed to start because ptsaab99.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix this problem.
Well, we have the DLL. I just need to know how we can associate the DLL with the EXE file. I'm guessing a simple registry entry or two would do it, but I've never attempted that before.
Notes: Parsons Technology Address Book was later bought out by Broderbund, and then the product was rolled into Print Shop (version 22 I think). But the files aren't quite compatible. We've been unable to locate a copy of the program itself for purchase anywhere (Ebay, etc). It did seem to save the file into a .htm file, which I was able to open with Excel and export to CSV, but we had some problems importing the data back into the Windows Address Book due to the fields not mapping properly. I was hoping to work around this by just getting the original application running.