[amsat-bb] InstantTrack on Win10?

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Sat Oct 31 03:34:53 UTC 2015


The 32-bit versions of Windows 10, which my tablets have,
has a Windows feature called NTVDM that is supposed to let
old DOS-style and 16-bit applications to run. I could run
InstantTrack with NTVDM, but could not make it run full-
screen. After disabling NTVDM and installing DOSBOX, I could
run the two DOS satellite-related programs I still have on
my systems (InstantTrack, PREDICT), and run both of them
full-screen. The 64-bit versions of Win10 do not include

It's been at least 3 years since I have run these programs,
judging from what I see with the keps in both of them. It
is still nice to see the InstantTrack map on the screen,
even for an old program.


Twitter: @WD9EWK

On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 7:24 PM, Ed K9EK <e.krome at comcast.net> wrote:

> Half a dozen responses to what I thought was an arcane question... the
> general consensus on how to run InstantTrack on WIN10 is through DOSbox.
> So, over about 10 minutes, I downloaded and installed DOSbox, put
> InstantTrack in it and fired it up. Works perfectly. Even runs the map
> screens. Cool!
> Thanks to all!
> 73,
> Ed K9EK
> EM69xd
> ------------------------------
> *From: *"Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK)" <amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net>
> *To: *amsat-bb at amsat.org
> *Sent: *Friday, October 30, 2015 9:57:08 AM
> *Subject: *Re: [amsat-bb] InstantTrack on Win10?
> Ed,
> ​What you're seeing is probably related to InstantTrack
> predating Windows 95, being a program that goes back to
> the MS-DOS days. You may want to install something
> like DOSBOX on your Windows 10 PC, and run IT under
> DOSBOX. This may give the program the environment it
> expects to see, instead of the more modern Windows 10
> operating system that doesn't have support to run the
> oldest DOS-style programs anymore. This may be especially
> true for the newer PCs with 64-bit CPUs, something that
> was only a dream in the DOS days. I think I still have
> IT on my Win7 laptop at home, and I may try this on one
> of my Win10 tablets this
> weekend. Another item for the
> radio to-do list... :-)​
> ​ ​
> 73!
> Patrick WD9EWK/VA7EWK
> http://www.wd9ewk.net/
> Twitter: @WD9EWK
> On Fri, Oct 30, 2015 at 6:36 AM, Ed K9EK <e.krome at comcast.net> wrote:
> > Here is the odd question of the month: Has anyone found a way to run the
> > ancient tracking program InstantTrack on a Win10 machine? Win10 gives a
> > bunch of run compatibility and screen options all the way back to Win95;
> > none work. The Troubleshooter says it should run on XP. Same old "can't
> run
> > on this PC" response. Before I am advised to get out of the stoneage, I
> do
> > run SatPc32, HRD and Orbitron. Just that IT has some stuff that I like.
> > And, on XP, it is fast.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Ed K9EK
> > EM69xd
> >
> >
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