Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Disappearing Data files – Datebook and Memos

Published by
Wayland Bruns

Thousands of people still use Palm Desktop as their primary contact management system. It has the essential features that people need, some of which are even missing in Outlook.

Some of the things found in Palm Desktop and no other PC application are:

  • Fast Loading – Loads in less than a second
  • Categories for Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes
  • Ability to make Memos private and secure
  • Easy printouts of Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes
  • Thorough implementation of Calendar repeats

Versions of Palm Desktop

In 2020, there are two effective versions of Palm Desktop. The earlier version, Palm 4.1.4 was released in 2004. it features Colored Categories for Calendar which were removed in Palm Desktop 6. The data file format is proprietary, based on the original serialized memory structures originally released in 1996. Palm 6.2 was released in 2008 using MDB (Microsoft Access Format) data files. The application features were similar, but the database structure was brand new. Palm Desktop was too early to be converted to Unicode, but special language versions were created for specific markets. Notably Big5 and GB3212 versions were released for China, and JIS version for Japan.

Download Palm Desktop

You can download Palm Desktop from the CompanionLink Support forums. Both Palm Desktop 4.1 and 6.2 are found there.

Problems on Windows 10

Starting in 2019, updates of Windows 10 appear to be interfering with Palm Desktop’s ability to save data files. Notably, if you have Palm Desktop open and your PC reboots (because of a Windows 10 update), the file gets erased. Most commonly this is the last file you added or edited. Palm Desktop does not make automatic backup files, so the data is commonly lost.

For those that use CompanionLink to sync Palm Desktop with Android, and Palm Desktop with iPhone, the Sync Software does make backups of all data files when you sync. So these files are recoverable.

New Alternative to Palm Desktop

We have introduced a new Alternative to Palm Desktop on your PC. It is called DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone. This software has many of the same features as Palm Desktop:

  • Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Memos
  • Very fast load time – loads in seconds.
  • Full featured Calendar and Task lists
  • Hidden data for private notes
  • All the same tables and fields as Palm Desktop

In addition, DejaOffice has some new features

  • Native Windows 10 Compatibility (also Windows 7, and 8)
  • Automatic file backup
  • Built-In Sync with Android and iPhone via USB, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud
  • Telephone and Email Tech Support

You can download a free 14-Day trial. The cost of the software is current $49.95 with a planned price increase for May 1, 2020 to $59.95. Check out the product information page with the video!

DejaOffice PC CRM Standalone
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Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Disappearing Data files – Datebook and Memos was last updated May 15th, 2022 by Wayland Bruns
Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Disappearing Data files – Datebook and Memos was last modified: May 15th, 2022 by Wayland Bruns
Wayland Bruns

Wayland founded CompanionLink in 1987 as The Jorf Company, a maker of shareware 4gl products. As a leading maker of CRM Add-On products, the company started with Sync Products in 1996 for the PalmPilot. As CEO of CompanionLink, Wayland strives to balance quality customer service, products with good value, low prices, and a positive workplace..

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