Yes - dnc4U works 100% on Windows
After we installed Windows 10 from the Microsoft
website, dnc4U installed and worked straight out of
the box with no tweaks necessary. We think that Windows
10 is a vast improvement over Windows 7 & 8. The
metro interface has been toned down and it's like Windows
used to be with a desktop and start button. But it runs
even faster. In addition many of our USB to RS232 devices
that did not work on previous Windows versions, now
work 100% in Windows 10 - at last manufacturers have
updated their USB device drivers to work!
Here's a quick guide to installation
The first thing to do is download the dnc4U installation
file from our website. Get this by clicking Free Trial
on the dnc4U webpage. Then you need to decide whether
to download the version that does not have an internet
connection, or the version that does have an internet
connection and performs a licence check for days used
is via our server. We do not store any information other
than your software code, your start and end dates, it
is totally anonymous. The second method is preferable
because it is more reliable at giving the full 60 day
trial - the non internet connected version can sometimes
fail, especially if you accidentally turn back the clock.
The second version is also superior for registration,
as this is all done automatically.
After making a decision which version you need, you
have the option to download either as a zip or an exe
file. We suggest you save the file rather than run it
- but it's up to you. The zip is simply the exe file
already zipped up, but sometimes your Windows settings,
firewall or antivirus may not like downloading raw exe
files. It depends what make of browser you have, but
all will download the file and place it into a download
folder. We used Microsoft Edge, and once downloaded,
it performs virus check and then in the bottom of the
screen where it shows the download progress press Open
to install.. Either open up the exe or open up the zip
Drag and drop the exe file onto your desktop. At least
on the desktop, it is easier to remember where you copied
You then need to install the setup program with full
admin rights. Like above, in most cases. you will have
these rights. However, we would suggest that you right
mouse click the setup file, and select run-as-administrator
just to make sure. You will get the standard Windows
prompt about installing a file, just select OK. If you
are using an anti-virus program such as Avast that runs
any new exe in a sand-box, then you may get an initial
setup fail. Simply let the sand-box run it's course,
then when it has finished, click continue execution,
the setup will continue without problem.
The installation program will then take it's course
and install the dnc4U program. We have opted to set
the default program folder location for Vista, Win7
& Win8 & Win10 to the users\public folder. This
solves all kinds of problems with different user's access
to the program, and read/write access of temporary files
that dnc4U creates. Unless you have an overriding reason
not to, we would suggest you stick with this.
Out of the box settings for dnc4U and Windows 10 work
just fine, and running in Windows 10 compatability mode
is great, unlike in previous Windows versions where
you may have had to set compatability to XP SP2. You
can always run the compatability troubleshooter.
Once dnc4U has been installed, then like above, out
of the box, with no IT department intervention altering
privelidges, dnc4U will work straight away. If you have
problems running the program, you get errors such as
unregistered components, or you are unable to see network
drives or shares, then we would recommend that you run-as-administrator,
just to make sure that you have sufficient level of
access. You only need to do this once, and Windows will
remember. Initial trials by us, reveal that running
as administrator is no longer required - we will of
course review this as time progresses.
On new laptops, it is almost inevitable that you will
not have a com port, in which case you will have to
install either a USB to RS232 adaptor or an express
RS232 card. If you are using a USB adaptor, then we
recommend a keyspan. >> Click
Here or Here
Plug in your keyspan and Windows will go and install
the latest drivers automatically, as keyspan are still
one of the few vendors that have tested Win10 drivers,
although our Prolific chipset USBs and FDTI chipsets
did install drivers that seemed to work .
Ten minutes later and dnc4U is installed along with
the USB to RS232 adaptor!
In conclusion, installing dnc4U on Windows 10
is very easy, and should not take more than 10 minutes
to download, install and update any USB drivers.
What we can say with almost 100% certainty is that should
you have any problems with the installation, it is amost
certainly a problem with user access permissions. What
often happens is that an IT department will not give
users sufficient access, they may only give them a standard
account which in many cases is not enough. The best
workaround is to run-as-administrator which will temporarily
elevate user permissions just for this program, it will
not give users admin permissions to run amok and mess
up the computer.
For IT departments who do not fully understand this,
it is good to google "run as administrator"
to put your mind at rest. Maybe Microsoft should have
given this option a more apt name such as "run-this-program-with-elevated-access-so-that-it-works-in-Windows-just-like-it-ought-to"
not as snappy, but more accurate!