How to use WKPE 1.81, a dongle emulator for legacy programs
If you have some old programs that require a dongle connected to a serial or parallel port, you may have trouble running them on modern operating systems or virtual machines. A dongle is a small device that plugs into a port and acts as a security key for software licensing. However, dongles can be lost, damaged, or incompatible with newer hardware and software.
One solution is to use a dongle emulator, which is a software that mimics the function of a dongle without requiring the physical device. One such emulator is WKPE 1.81, which can intercept the communication between the program and the dongle, and later act as a virtual dongle using the same data. WKPE 1.81 can be downloaded from [^1^] and works only under Windows 95/98 due to the legacy .vxd driver.
To use WKPE 1.81, you need to follow these steps:
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Install WKPE 1.81 on your Windows 95/98 machine or virtual machine.
Run WKPE 1.81 and select \"Install\" from the menu.
Plug in your dongle to the serial or parallel port and select \"Read\" from the menu.
Save the data file (.dng) to a safe location.
Unplug your dongle and select \"Emulate\" from the menu.
Browse to the data file (.dng) and select \"Open\".
Run your program that requires the dongle and enjoy!
Note that WKPE 1.81 may not work with all types of dongles or programs, so you may need to try different settings or options in the emulator. Also, be aware that using a dongle emulator may violate some software license agreements, so use it at your own risk.
If you want to use WKPE 1.81 on a virtual machine, you may need to configure some settings to enable the serial or parallel port emulation. For example, if you are using VMware Workstation, you can follow these steps:
Open the settings of your virtual machine and select \"Add\" from the hardware tab.
Select \"Serial Port\" or \"Parallel Port\" depending on your dongle type and click \"Next\".
Select \"Use physical serial port on the host\" or \"Use physical parallel port on the host\" and choose the appropriate port number from the drop-down menu. Click \"Next\".
Review the summary and click \"Finish\".
Start your virtual machine and install WKPE 1.81 as described above.
Alternatively, you can use a hardware solution such as a Digi AnywhereUSB device or a software solution such as USB-over-network to connect your dongle to a virtual machine over the network. However, these solutions may be more expensive or complicated than using WKPE 1.81.
In conclusion, WKPE 1.81 is a dongle emulator that can help you run some legacy programs that require a dongle connected to a serial or parallel port. It works only under Windows 95/98 and may not support all types of dongles or programs. You can use it on a virtual machine by enabling the port emulation or using a hardware or software solution to connect your dongle over the network. However, you should be aware of the legal and ethical implications of using a dongle emulator and use it at your own risk. 0efd9a6b88