Designing for Windows 98 or earlier encourages less-than-secure designs. As a consequence, these applications require Administrator access on a Windows 2000 or XP computer, which invites trouble from malicious software or even honest mistakes.
Designing for current versions of Microsoft Windows is easier than you may think. Pan-Am provides design testing for applications intended to run in Windows 2000 or XP, and also provides installation assistance for legacy applications. You will find you only need to store information in different places to support security and multiple users, and you may find your applications may qualify for the Designed for Windows logo program afterward.
As an example of how to design for security, Pan-Am offers a modified version (21 MB) of id Software's Quake II, for Windows 2000 and XP. This installer package is identical to id Software's Quake II 3.20 Update, except for the modified program code. Source code (2 MB) is also available in accordance with the GNU General Public License.
Microsoft no longer supports Windows 98 as of January 2004. If you continue using Microsoft Windows for your desktop PCs, your applications need to run on a secured operating system such as Windows 2000 or XP. If used properly, these environments protect themselves, reducing your IT costs by avoiding "reformat and reinstall" occurrences.
Pan-Am has four years experience "massaging" older applications into current versions of Microsoft Windows. You can take advantage of built-in security to protect your PCs from viruses, "spy ware" and honest user mistakes before the fact, and still use your legacy applications.
Pan-Am has experience making the following applications, and more, work in a secured environment:
(*) A few applications require direct access to hard drives or other hardware, in the name of copy protection. These applications could damage the operating system by their very design, and as such Pan-Am cannot support them. We will recommend competing products in their place where available. Simply Accounting is one such recommended application.
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