How to run dBASE in Vista WITH OR WITHOUT the use of Manifest files.

Q: How to use dBASE in Vista WITH OR WITHOUT the use of manifest files?

A: Generally, setting the requested execution level to 'run as Administrator' will allow existing dBASE, dQuery and BDE Admin executables to run properly. dBASE Plus 2.61.4 installers now include the vista manifest files automatically so, you should not have to do anything after installing dBASE Plus version 2.61.4 to make it run in Vista. For all versions of dBASE Plus 2.61 (before 2.61.4) you should follow the instructions below.

There are two ways this can be done :

1 - Using the Manifest file's 'requestedExecutionLevel' setting.
Both dBASE Plus and dQuery can be run successfullly on Vista by installing the application manifest file that contains the appropriate requestedExecutionLevel setting. The BDE Administrator must also have a manifest file installed for it to run on Vista.

Instructions ...

All Manifest files must be installed in the same folder as the executable it is intended for.

The 'Administrator rights' manifest files for dBASE can be found here :

Save the bdeadmin.exe.manifest file in the same folder as the bdeadmin.exe file
(Default folder is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland\BDE)

Save the plus.exe.manifest file in the same folder as the plus.exe file |
(Default folder is C:\Program Files\dBASE\PLUS\BIN)

Save the plusrun.exe.manifest file in the same folder as the plusrun.exe file
(Default folder is C:\Program Files\dBASE\PLUS\Runtime)

I t is recommended that you re-boot your computer after adding the manifest files
Also, when you install dBASE Plus (from dBASE Plus version 2.60 ... up to 2.61.3) a Manifest file is automatically installed under the bin folder. This Manifest file has the settings to allow the use of the Version 6 common controls in Windows XP. If you already have this file make sure you delete it before installing the replacement Manifest file.

Example: If you'd like to take a look, This is what the Vista Manifest file for Plus.exe looks like.
(Note: the section in blue has the 'requiredExecutionLevel' setting required for Vista)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" manifestVersion="1.0">
<description>PLUS.EXE Manifest</description>
<trustInfo xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v3">
         <requestedExecutionLevel level="requireadministrator" uiAccess="false"/>


2 - Using the .exe's 'Privelege Level' setting.

Instructions ...

Right click plus.exe (Default folder is C:\Program Files\dBASE\PLUS\BIN)
- Choose 'Properties'
- under the 'Compatibility' tab .. 'Privilege Level' setting
- click on the checkbox next to 'Run this program as an administrator' to turn it on.

Right click bdeadmin.exe (Default folder is C:\Program Files\Common Files\Borland\BDE)
(follow instructions for plus.exe)

Right click plusrun.exe (Default folder is C:\Program Files\dBASE\PLUS\Runtime)
(follow instructions for plus.exe)

After setting the properties or adding these manifest files, when you run dBASE Plus, you will now get a UAC (User Access Control) dialog asking you to continue running the application as an administrator. If you are logged into the OS under an account that does not have Administrator privileges you will be asked to provide an Administrator password to continue opening the application.