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Re: XTRee 2.00E Evaluation Version

Posted By: Greg Akers <>
Date: Oct-2-1999 2:49 p.m.

In Response To: XTRee 2.00E Evaluation Version (Stephen White)

> I have an evaluation version of XTree 2.00 downloaded from a disk which
> came with PC Magazine

I guess you found this in a 1990 issue of PC Magazine since that's when XTree 2.00E was released according to this site's version listing at Wow, what an oldie!

> I would buy a registered version but

BUT, it's not being sold any more. XTree was bought by Central Point Software in 1993, which was bought by Symantec in 1994 and then ceased development and sales. It's an interesting history at

> 1) sometimes when I run it, the figure for available bytes is shown as a
> line of ########## s; at others the correct figure is shown. The correct
> figure has not changed significantly between the various runs

XTree was never designed to handle gigabyte sized hard disks, they weren't generally available for PCs back then. The available bytes display only allows 11 characters for a maximum readout of 999,999,999 bytes (only 999 megabytes)!

> 2) it displays in the file window the files in my folders/directories for
> the top half of the folder/directory tree but there comes a point, when
> although it will display the folders/directories in the tree, it will not
> longer display the files

That's the biggest shortcoming of the 16-bit DOS version of XTree, that it's limited to only 640K max. (probably get a lot less) of memory. That's not nearly enough for today's big hard disks and gigabytes, instead of megabytes, of files.

> It gives me no error messages such as too many directories/files. Nor do
> I believe I have too many (i.e. more than 180 directories/folders or 2500
> files)

It doesn't know anything's wrong, it's just hit it's limitations. You don't have too many folders and files for your system, just too many for XTree.

> Any suggesstions.

YES, assuming you're using Windows 95, 98 or NT, you try ZTreeWin - the great 32-bit shareware clone of XTree!! It's got most of XTree's functionality without the 16-bit limitations. There's also a version for OS/2 called ZTreeBold. Download them at to try before you buy. When you're ready to register you'll have a real bargain at only $30. It's also still being refined and improved by the author, Kim Henkel. You'll find lots of information about it at Victor Garcia's ZTreeWin Unofficial Homepage at including the ZTreeWin Forum similar to this XTree Forum.

BUT, if you're still using Windows 3.x, or even just DOS, you should try Filemaster - the freeware clone of XTree! Like XTree, it's no longer being developed either. But it uses expanded memory to get around XTree's 640K memory limitations. It doesn't show long file name and long directory names, as ZTreeWin does. Many parts are in German. But it's free! You can download it here at the XTree Fan Page at

Hope this helps.

>Victor Garcia's ZTreeWin Unofficial Homepage

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