Release: March 24, 1999
Author: Rafal Szukala
Download file size: 1113 kB
OS: Designed for Windows 95 but works on Windows XP.
Description (Courtesy of 'Ocean'):
Personal Address Book (PAB) will work on multi-user systems, but you'd have to follow instructions in the tutorial below.
Getting an older program to work on Windows XP
Many older Win95 programs (32-bit/16-bit) will not work right on Windows XP even if you change the compatibility mode. Those that do may not support multiple users, meaning they will only work properly under the user account that installed it (which is usually an administrator). They will be buggy or will not work at all for other users (not even other administrators).
Here is a workaround for one such program called Personal Address Book 4.0.2. It was designed for Windows 95 and was written by Rafal Szufala. The program is not available for download any more, and the author's email address and web site are history. My family still uses PAB. These instructions may work for other legacy programs.
The default install folder for Personal Address Book (PAB) is
Before installing, create the install folder with subdirectories for each user. Make the subdirectories 8 characters or less. You get the idea.
C:\Program Files\PAB\Mom (administrator account)
C:\Program Files\PAB\Dad (administrator account)
C:\Program Files\PAB\Child1 (power user account)
C:\Program Files\PAB\Child2 (limited user account)
C:\Program Files\PAB\Grandma (guest)
Now if you really want them to share the same database file, there is a way. Say that Mom's file is the one that everyone else's will be based on. Simply copy Mom's file into each of the other user's directories. Be sure to save a backup copy elsewhere.
The only downside here is that there is no way to sync them all together. The program's import/export features do not work very well. Any time one user makes a significant change, they would have to tell Mom, and then she would update her address book and copy her database file into everyone's directories. In that way, everyone always has the most current file.
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