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Major Changes for System Five 6.4.2 for Windows 11

Windward System Five version 6.4.2.x has been ported to a newer compiler version Embarcadero Version XE2 to XE11. This version has support for many new enhancements.

  • High DPI support
  • Native HTTPS support for better security
  • Supports Windows 10 and 11
  • Windows Notifications
  • Better large application development environment.

Application Directories

  • System Five for Windows 11 can be run side by side 6.4.0. The data version is identical.
  • Strongly recommend that a separate c:\Windward\System5\6.4.2\bin directory be created for 6.4.0 as there are many files that are no longer required for 6.4.2.x.

Browser Support

  • 6.4.2 uses the Microsoft Edge Chromium Browser in place of the Chromium browser and IE browser.

Beta not supported

  • Beta features (in use) are being moved over to the release version.
  • Beta customers may need a private build for urgent issues.
  • Features considered for moving to Release at a future time are
    • PDF form filling
    • Avalara Tax Engine.
  • Features that are not in use which will not be moved are
    • Inventory Pooling for departments.

Actian Zen SQL

  • System Five only supports an OBDC connection for SQL access to the tables. SQL may need to be reconfigured.
  • All database access for things like dataload must now be done via OBDC rather than the Borland Database Engine.

PCI Out of Scope

  • As with 6.4.0.x this version does not store or transmit credit card data and therefore has limited PCI scope.
  • Merchants with recurring payments or card on file will need to convert to a tokenized payment processing solution such as Worldpay IP or Netepay Hosted.

Support for High DPI monitors

  • System Five now supports high DPI (4K) monitors, however some images and button images may still look fuzzy on a very large screen.

Windows Theme Support

  • Themes are now supported in System Five. The themes change the colors and styles of the components. Some themes will work, some will not. Some components do not support themes and will look odd.

PDF Printing

  • A new PDF printing engine is used. Some PDF's may appear better.

S5 Application Server

  • The S5 Application Server is not supported in 6.4.2.x. Features that use this may need to be rewritten for SQL access instead.
  • S5 Application features include
    • Screen customization (this may work including customization)
    • Shipment Module
    • University of Calgary

Windows Notifications

  • Some errors and notifications such as office mail will show up as a Windows Notification instead of a dialog box or S5 task bar notification.

POS Device Manager

  • The POS device manager communication method for “Local” has been changed from COM object to Shared Messaging. The application should still work the same. The Windward POS device manager no longer needs registering.


  • Not currently supported. The S5Script Application needs to be re-written to support shared Messaging.
system_five_xe11.txt · Last modified: 2023/03/14 10:03 (2 weeks ago) by bmclean