Jobby has to get WordPerfect 5.1 working on Windows 7 for someone. Luckily he documented it and shares the process here …
DOS Programs on Windows 7
I was recently asked to get WordPerfect 5.1 working on 64-bit Windows 7 for someone who was having to give up Windows XP because of Microsoft’s looming end of support.
For those that don’t realise, WordPerfect 5.1 is a DOS program that dates back to about 1989. Windows 7 won’t play nicely with DOS programs as it isn’t really using DOS anymore. So to get WordPerfect working took a bit of research and experimentation.
Most of these instructions were taken from http://www.columbia.edu/~em36/wpdos/wpdosbox64.html but since that is such a wordy and difficult to understand website I’ve distilled the instructions into the following.
You will need a licensed copy of WordPerfect 5.1 to make these instructions work.
Hope they help – enjoy!
- Download WP-64.zip from http://dl.dropbox.com/u/271144/WP-64.zip
- Create a folder called WP-64 in the root of the user’s folder. E.g. For user abc123 create the folder in C:\Users\abc123
- Extract the contents of WP-64.zip to this new folder.
This will place three folders and three files in this folder.
- Open the WP-64 folder.
- Open the WPfor64bit folder.
- Open the folder named VirtualHD.
- Copy these files from your copy of WordPerfect into the WP51 folder: wp.exe, wp.fil and wp.com (the last only if you have WP 5.1 Plus).
- Create a shortcut on the desktop to WP51 for 64bit.cmd. This file is found in the WP-64 folder.
- Double click a shortcut to run that version of WPDOS.
- After closing WPDOS it’s possible a DOS window will still be open. Type exit and hit Return to close the window.
Note that when running WordPerfect like this, you will only be able to open documents saved in C:\Users\[username]\WP-64\DOCS. This is because this process runs WordPerfect in a virtual machine and that folder is the only bit of the hard drive which it sees.