Works, Automap: Unable to Start DDE Communications


During the Setup of 16-bit versions of Works or Automap in Windows 95, you
may receive the following error message:

Unable to start DDE communications with Program Manager.

Abort, Retry, Ignore
Any program running as a shell which does not support Dynamic Data
Exchange (DDE), will cause the above error message. Selecting Ignore on the
error message will allow Setup to continue but no program group or shortcut
will be created.

You must manually add a shortcut to Works on the Start menu. Refer to the
section "To Add a Shortcut for Works" below for instructions on adding a
shortcut to the Start menu.


This error occurs when you are using a shell other than Explorer. It may
also occur if you have other programs, including Terminate-and-Stay-
Resident (TSR) programs, running during Works Setup.

If you receive this error, do the following:

Make sure no other programs are running before starting Works or Automap
Setup. To make sure no other programs are running do the following:

  1. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL simultaneously to open the Close Program
  2. If any program other than Explorer and Systray is listed,
    click on it and click End Task.
  3. Repeat these steps until no programs other than Explorer
    and Systray appear in the box.
Use Explorer as the shell program. To make sure you are using Explorer as
the shell do the following:

  1. Click the Start button and then click Run.
  2. Type system.ini and press ENTER.
  3. In the [Boot] section, make sure that the Shell= line reads as follows:

To Add a Shortcut for Works

To create a shortcut for Works, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button point to Settings and then click Taskbar.
  2. On the Start Menu Programs tab, click Add.
  3. Type the following in the Command Line box and click Next:
    For example, if you installed Works in the Msworks folder on drive C,
    you would type:
    NOTE: If you are unsure what directory contains the Works program
    file, you can click the Browse button to help locate it.
  4. Click the Programs folder and then click Next.
  5. Type Microsoft Works for the shortcut
    name and click Finish.
  6. Click OK.
For additional information, see the following article in the Microsoft
Knowledge Base:
119830 Unable to Start DDE Communications with Program Manager

ID članka: 140113 – Zadnji pregled: 14. feb. 2017 – Revizija: 1

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