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How to run Borland 5.02 C++ IDE under
Windows 7, (maybe 8) and 10, 32 or 64 bit.

Please be aware that this solution isn't perfect - every now and then it will crash, so save your work as you go along! It crashes a lot less often if you compile and run to a breakpoint and then do whatever you need to do.

  1. Install Borland 5.02 ignoring any 64 bit problems.
  2. Create a shortcut to C:\BC5\BIN\bcw.exe (or wherever you installed it) on your desktop (right drag the file to the desktop, select "create shortcut").
  3. Double click the shortcut. This should come up with the C++ window but with an error like this:
  4. Click OK i.e. ignore it (you will need to do this every time you open Borland).
  5. Go to the relevant IDE you want to use (or the .c, .cpp) and drag it into the open Borland Window. Don't double click it in 64 bit- you'll get a re-entrant error. (if you know how to fix this, let me know via my Genuki email please).
  6. You will find that the first time you run this in Windows 64bit there are no icons. To fix this, go to Options... Environment..... Speedbar, and untick "Hide SpeedBar".
  7. Remember it may crash, so run to a breakpoint! I've been running like this since the advent of Windows 7, I never had Window 8, so can't help with that.
  8. If you know how to fix the crashing or have any comments, please drop me a line via my Genuki email.