How to Get WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows Running on XP

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In this Instructable, I will be providing a way on how to get WordPerfect 5.1 for Windows running in XP.
The things you need are:
1 computer running Windows XP
Internet access (preferably broadband)



Step 1: Get the Files You Need

I will be providing files so that (some) of the hard work is taken away.
1st file: WPWINMAIN.exe
This installs the program files to C:\WPWIN (you can't change this)
2nd file: WPWINSHARED.exe
This installs shared libraries for WordPerfect for Windows to C:\WPC (another directory you can't change)
3rd file: Readme.txt
Contains setup password. Please read before installing files.
Also explains why you can't change installation directories.

Step 2: Admin Privileges Required

If you already have admin privileges, skip this.

To get the installers running,
right click on one of them and choose the option 'Run As...'
In the dialog box that follows, choose the radio button 'The following user:'
Select the user with admin privileges from the list, then type a valid password and click the OK button.
Your installer should run with admin privileges.



Step 3: Install WordPerfect 5.1

To install WordPerfect 5.1, double click on either the wpwinmain.exe or the wpwinshared.exe file to run the installer. Follow step 2 if you need admin privileges.

Before you can install any files, the install program will ask you for the password.
I know the readme.txt file has the password, but I'll post the password here:
Setup password (for both wpwinmain.exe and wpwinshared.exe)
8J1Z7-TF4K3-X1WIV-FU3TO-73P5A
Sounds like a serial code, doesn't it? Well, I used a password generator and split each 5 characters with a short hyphen.
The installer in the picture is for the main program files of WordPerfect for Windows.
Time to install.
Type the password mentioned above and click Next to continue.



Step 4: Running WordPerfect for Windows

After you have installed the WordPerfect for Windows shared program files (file: wpwinshared.exe, password: 8J1Z7-TF4K3-X1WIV-FU3TO-73P5A ) you are ready to run WordPerfect for Windows.

You can now enjoy reading all your old documents and files.

I accept comments, but the following rules apply:
Constructive criticism only

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      erikals

      8 years ago on Introduction

      still legal - they don't make wordperfect 5.1 anymore.
      Abandonware is a pretty gray area.

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      freakyqwertyerikals

      Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

      illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal illegal

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      PetBennettfreakyqwerty

      Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

      lolz, my young eyes burn at the site of the illegalness. kind of like when i saw those betel nuts at that store. . .

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      theRIAAdosadi

      Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

      not at all. if you're going to use a program illegally, why use this?

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      erikalstheRIAA

      Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

      I've taken all the files in the installer from the original diskettes.

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      theRIAAerikals

      Reply 9 years ago on Step 1

      yea, that's like saying "I took the files right off my Blu-Ray DVD and put them on the internet, oh course it isn't illegal"