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Hi all,

I bought a geneology programme called Gene Genie in 1989 (I kid you not) and now has over 4000 names on the data base after 25 years of research. It came on two 720 floppy disks (remember them?) which I still have! and it set up a batch file when installing.

The programme has directories like SURNAME.NTX, PERSONS, SOURCES and TREEDAT etc.

When a new persons name is added it creates a file called NOTE(number of person).MEM.

My problem is the programme only runs on 32 bit processors and although I have bought many computers since 1989 I have had to keep my first one just to run this Genie programme. This computer has finally thrown its hand in and I can't access anything, the good thing is because the Genie programme was very important to me I have a full back up on 1.44 disc's (the old computer only had an 'A' drive).

I need advise from a clever person who can tell me how to install this DOS programme on Windows 8.1, help.

Thanks in anticipation.

regards Ian

 


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Were you able to save the files in the gedcom format ?

http://www.microsoft...sid=Windows 8.1

http://www.dosbox.com/
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Thanks for getting back to me. I did not use a back up programme but transferred each and every file to disk so they are in their original form like examples .NTX and .MEM extensions etc. Whether or not they are in gedcom format I don't know. I tried the INSTALL command on my laptop running Windows 8.1 with the no. 1 disk in the USB 'A' drive but it will not create the batch file. I transferred all of the files one by one to the hard drive in a directory I made called GENE, I see all of the files but when I clicked on GENIE.exe the opening screen appeared for 1 second and then went off. Very frustrating.

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I have done some searching. From what I see, you wont be able to run 16 bit or 32 bit DOS on a 64 bit unit.

There have been some recommendations of using http://www.dosbox.com/

 

There is also something about turning on/off 16 bit emulator in windows 8.

http://www.askvg.com...cation-support/

 

And yet another idea.

http://chibeheer.com...in-windows-8-1/


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