WordStar 2000

WordStar, originally from MicroPro, was a popular word processor during the early 80s. It was ported to a number of CP/M architectures as well as Unix and PC/MS-DOS. It competed directly against many word processors, including WordPerfect, Microsoft Word for DOS, and Multimate. By the late 80s most business word processing had moved to WordPerfect. In the early 90s, Microsoft Word for Windows took over.

Also see a history of WordStar: A Potted History of WordStar and some earlier 0.x versions at The WordStar Collection

Wanted: Pre-1.0 versions were sold publicly. WordStar 0.87 redump, WordStar 0.89, WordStar 0.91, WordStar 0.92, (Google results indicate these existed) WordStar 1.0. Early WordStar 2.0 releases were reported to be copy protected.

The initial release of WordStar 2000 was very poorly received by the public. WordStar 2000 was a complete re-write in C, where WordStar 3.x had been translated Z80 assembler. The product used different file formats, and operated differently, requiring much re-learning. The original WordStar 2000 r1.00 release was copy protected, making it harder to install and incompatible with some PC clones.

Wanted: Manual scans. Wanted: Dumps of revision 2.0 and 1.00.

Due to the problems, WordStar 2000 was maintained as a seperate product, while WordStar 4, 5, 6, and 7 were based on a different clone called NewWord.

Installation instructions

The Revision 3, a maintenance release from 1988, release below is not copy protected.

Product type
Application Word Processor
Vendor
MicroPro
Release date
1985
Minimum CPU
8088
User interface
Text
Platform
DOS

Downloads

Download Name Version Language CPU File type File size
WordStar 2000 Release 1.01 (5.25-360kb) 2000 Release 1.01 English x86 5¼ Floppy 1.38MB
WordStar 2000 Release 3.00 (5.25) 2000 Release 3.00 English x86 5¼ Floppy 1.96MB
WordStar 2000 r1.01 for UNIX PC (5.25-DSDD) 2000 r1.01 for UNIX PC English m68k 5¼ Floppy 2.22MB

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