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.
- Install Borland 5.02 ignoring any 64 bit problems.
- 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").
- Double click the shortcut. This should come up with the C++ window but with an error like this:
- Click OK i.e. ignore it (you will need to do this every time you open Borland).
- 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).
- 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".
- 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.
- If you know how to fix the crashing or have any comments, please drop me a line via my Genuki email.