Running NV1 on Windows 32-bit 7, 8.1 and Windows 10

NewViews for DOS (NV1) runs on Windows 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 and any Windows 16/32-bit version that Microsoft has released in the last 35 years.

NV1 can actually run better on Windows XP, 7, 8.1 or 10 than on the original MS-DOS platform. One reason is that the Windows NT platform is more stable than Windows 95/98/ME because it does not allow an application to access the hardware directly. All calls a program makes for disk, memory and screen access must be passed to the operating system first, which in turn manages the call.

NV1 follows Microsoft’s recommendations for DOS. If an MS-DOS program is written to follow Microsoft’s guidelines from the early ’80s it will continue to work today. Programs such as Lotus’s 1-2-3 for DOS that directly access the disk and screen (for speed purposes) will not run under Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, 10, etc.

However Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 do pose a challenge when printing from NV1. Your experience may vary. If your computer has Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 it is most likely a new computer without a parallel port. Please read NV1 Printing Issues for more information.

NV1 cannot run directly on Windows 64-bit 7, 8.1, or 10.

However, using a virtualization solution (VirtualPC, DOSBox, VirtualXP, VMWare, etc) on your 64-bit host and running a legacy operating system in the child VM is a viable fix.

Windows XP – End of Support

Microsoft support for the Windows XP operating system (OS) and Office 2003 ends April 8th, 2014.

After April 8th, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid Microsoft support options or online technical content updates.

There are three options to deal with the end of support for Windows XP.

  1. Don’t change anything, just keep running XP as is.
    Nothing should stop working and if your Internet forays are safe, you should be fine for a few more years.We still have some machines running Windows 2000 (end of support was July 13, 2010).
  2. Upgrade your operating system from XP to Windows 8.1 or 10
    If your computer has plenty of free space, a fast processor and more than 1GB of memory you can upgrade your OS. There is no direct upgrade path provided by Microsoft from XP to Windows 8.1 or 10 so the upgrade will require patience and know-how to transfer your current programs and data successfully.
  3. Get a new computer with a 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 or 10
    If your computer is more than 5 years old, you should opt for a new one with a 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 or 10 and a parallel port (which can be purchased as an add-on). Then simply copy your c:\nv folder from the old computer to the new one, and you can continue to run NV1.

Update – Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 64-bit and NV1

NewViews has been tested on new computers with Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 Professional 64-bit operating systems.

We downloaded and installed DOSBox from SourceForge.net. DOSBox emulates a full x86 pc with DOS. NV1 runs without problems and DOSBox can even be tweaked to run NV1 in full screen mode.

DOSBox does not support printing at this time.

There are two reasons to use NV1 on a Windows 64-bit platform:

  1. To convert to NV2, this allows ATyping and exporting of NV1 data.
  2. To view archived data in NV1 format.