In Australia we have similar problems with some of the NSW bdm databases that
required a program called " KAware" and some from Victoria and South Australia
that need a program called " Digger" software. These programs date back to the
DOS era computers (1990's+)
They will not run in any way on 64 bit systems and most late model Windows 8
They were still working on Microsoft XP systems which is no longer supported
What you need to determine is what PROGRAM was needed to run the particular
Archive CD Book
Since I do not have the Archive CD Book CD / DVD I can only make an initial
On your new computer:
1. Put the CD in the CD slot
2. Try to use the " explore CD" feature for the files types on the CD rather
than just have it automatically open/ run. Look inside the file-folders too.
3. If you find lots of files with names like "somename.pdf " then you can try
to open the individual file with Acrobat reader or some similar pdf reader If
double-clicking on the PDF file name doesn't work, then try the following....
4. Open Acrobat reader. Top of screen. Using file> open from the menu bar look
for the file "somename.pdf" on your CD and click open.
5. IF you DO NOT find lots of "anyname.pdf" files you will need post to this
list the names of the files on the CD so someone on this list can suggest a
different way around your problem.
(Castle Hill, NSW, Australia)
On 8 Jan 2016 at 0:37, Penny Trueman via wrote:
Date sent: Fri, 8 Jan 2016 00:37:07 +0000
To: "lancsgen(a)rootsweb.com" <lancsgen(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: [LAN] Old genealogy DVD's/CD's
Send reply to: Penny Trueman <maudtrueman(a)gmail.com>, lancsgen(a)rootsweb.com
From: Penny Trueman via <lancsgen(a)rootsweb.com>
When I say 'old' I'm not talking era's, obviously.
But it is annoying when you have paid out good money in the past (like you
would for a book) only to find that the DVD/CD won't play on modern systems.
Can anyone advise me how to get these going again? Or to extract the
e.g stuff from what was Archive Books and is now ArchiveBooks Ireland
Best Wishes, Penny