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dBase III Plus for DOS in Vista

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I was able to use dBase III Plus for DOS in Windows XP in full screen mode. In Vista, it runs only in a very small DOS window. Is there any way to use it in Vista in full screen mode?
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by:ClaireJ
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I finally found the answer for myself. My 16 bit system will not support full screen mode for dBase III Plus. So I guess the problem wasn't with Vista after all.
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Some 16-bit DOS-based Programs and the Command Prompt will not run in full-screen mode in Windows Vista
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926657/en-us
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by:ClaireJ
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Thanks for confirming what I'd discovered, although I'm very disappointed. Can you tell me, is the 16-bit MS-DOS subsystem a function of Vista or the hardware? I'm just curious about that. Thanks!
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It is a Vista issue in this case.  And Vista loves to control everything including the hardware.   Vista actually is more secure than previous Windows versions and they have taken over everything to get as secure as it is today.

Anecdotal-- I actually tried to (re)install the video driver to see if the MS KB recommendation could overcome this with an older version of the video driver; i.e., a non-Vista video driver.  But, since I was at a paying customer's site and was "on the clock", after two tries on a Dell where it merely "remembered" what was there before I uninstalled it, I gave up since I was pretty much wasting time and not getting to the result I was looking for.  This customer is still running an old Clarion database that is DOS-based.  I simply played with the screen resolution and DOS window size to make it better than when I first worked on this one user's PC.  The rest of the office is pretty much still WinXP.
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Thanks, Carl. This has been educational for me. Now my choice is between dBase III Plus in a tiny window or face the learning curve of Access, which isn't nearly as user friendly. Microsoft has dragged me kicking and screaming into Vista, so I'll just accept it. But, I still yearn for the good old days of MS-DOS!
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