Biblesoft:PC Study Bible
Help Running and Operating PC Study Bible Versions 4 and 5.
For PC Study Bible General Operations, click on Biblesoft:GeneralOperations.
To get help with Installing PC Study Bible, click on Biblesoft:PCSBInstall.
For help with common problems with the Version 5, click on Biblesoft:PCSBV5.
For help with common problems with the Version 4, click on Biblesoft:PCSBV4.
For help with getting the Greek and Hebrew Fonts to display correctly, click on Biblesoft:Fonts.
To get PC Study Bible to run properly, make sure you apply the PC Study Bible Compatibility Settings for Windows Vista & 7:
- Do not run PC Study Bible.
- Right Click the Icon for PC Study Bible found on the Windows Vista & 7 desk top.
- Left Click OPEN FILE LOCATION. If this isn't on the list, try Right Clicking over the name and not the picture.
- Look for two files, both are named JOSHUA.
- One is JOSHUA.DLL and the other is JOSHUA.EXE.
- This second file often is just JOSHUA and it has an icon that looks like the one found on the Windows Vista & 7 desktop.
- Right Click this JOSHUA file which has the icon. (Not JOSHUA.DLL)
- Left Click PROPERTIES.
- Left Click COMPATIBILITY.
- Two items will need to have Checks beside them.
- Put a Check beside DISABLE DESK TOP COMPOSITION.
- Scroll down a few lines, and put a Check mark on RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.
- Click the APPLY Button.
- Click the OK Button.
- Close the OPEN FILE LOCATION window.
- You should be at the Windows Vista & 7 desktop.
- Shut down and restart Windows Vista & 7.
- Once Windows Vista & 7 has restarted, go ahead and run PC Study Bible.
- Windows Vista & 7 may ask you to ALLOW this program to run. Choose ALLOW, or Yes.
- PC Study Bible should start up.
You also may get an odd message stating that your system is short on Hard Drive space. Ignore this message and choose YES.
The message about running short of Hard Drive space is a false message. Currently, Biblesoft does not know why this message comes up. But we do know that it is a harmless message. This message will be seen if you're running v4 or early versions of v5.
To get PC Study Bible to run properly, make sure you apply the PC Study Bible Compatibility Settings for Windows 8, 8.1 or 10 (for desktop/touch screen):
- Close all major programs, MS Word, PC Study Bible etc.
- Look for an Icon along the bottom of the screen that looks like 3 office or manila folders and click it. This will open something called File Explorer.
- Look for and click/tap on COMPUTER or THIS PC.
- Open the LOCAL DISK C:, this may say Windows 8 or OS.
- Open the folder named PROGRAM FILES or PROGRAM FILES X86 if your system is running a 64 bit.
- Open the BIBLESOFT folder.
- Open the folder PC STUDY BIBLE.
- Open the folder named, PROGRAM.
- Look for two files named JOSHUA.
- Ignore the file JOSHUA.DLL.
- Right click (or Press and Hold if you are on a touch screen) the JOSHUA file that has the icon.
- Choose PROPERTIES from the Menu.
- Choose the Tab named, COMPATIBILITY.
- Place a check mark next to Run this program in compatibility mode for and select WINDOWS XP (SERVICE PACK 3).
- Place a Check mark where it says, RUN THIS PROGRAM AS AN ADMINISTRATOR.
- Click the APPLY Button.
- Click OK.
- Close the open windows until back to the desktop screen.
- Restart your computer.
- Try opening up PC Study Bible.
Note – If there is no such Icon along the bottom bar, then press and hold the Windows Key and then press “E”. (The Windows Key is in the last row of keys on the Keyboard; usually two keys from the left or right of the Space Bar.) Pressing and then releasing these 2 keys together will open File Explorer.
The message about running short of Hard Drive space is a false message. Currently, Biblesoft does not know why this message comes up. But we do know that it is a harmless message. This message will be seen if you're running v4 or early Versions of v5.
Frequently Asked Questions's for PC Study Bible Versions 4 and 5
What are the technical specifications for running the Version 4 or 5?
Operating System - Windows 2000, XP or later
Processor - 500 to 900 MHz Pentium III (1 to 1.3 GHz Pentium III) or higher
Memory - 512MB RAM (768MB recommended)
Hardware - Minimum of 100MB to 2 GB (350MB to 4GB recommended) of free space, CD/ DVD-Rom, Mouse or Trackpad
Screen Resolution - 800 X 600 display, (1024 X 768 recommend)
I have tried installing my Version 4 on Windows 8/8.1, and I keep getting an error message. or After installing my version 4 program on windows 8/8.1, I open the program and have a large amount of content missing.
The Version 4 program was created close to 10 years ago and both of these problems are more than likely due to degraded information during the installation. If your disc has not been replaced within the last 3 years, then you should get a replacement. Replacements cost $8 per disc plus shipping and handling. Any of our titles that are available for download can be replaced as a download only at no charge. Please know that our Libraries, Upgrades and a small amount of our Titles are not available for download.
Any replacement can be ordered through Customer Service at:
1-866-722-4253 toll free in US and Canada
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Pacific Standard Time
Monday - Friday
I have installed my program on Vista/ Windows 7, and am not able to to Open PC Study Bible or am Missing Content?
These issues can all be cleared up by applying the Compatibility Settings from above:
I have installed my program on Vista/ Windows 7, but when I open up PC Study Bible I get an error message and my program closes
First, try applying the Compatibility Settings from above:
If those don't clear up the error messages, then try turning off User Account Control and run the Reset to Factory Defaults:
The User Account Control is a feature in Windows that prompts you to Allow programs to run or to ask repeatedly if you really wish to delete the file you wish to delete. It is not part of the Virus Checker, or the Systems Firewall, if you have them. So turning this User Account Control off is not turning off the firewall, or the Virus Checker.
- Close any programs you have opened.
- Go to the Control Panel.
- Double-click on User Accounts.
- Click on the option for “Turn User Account Control on or off”.
- User Account Control asks your permission.
- Click Continue.
- Uncheck the box which says “Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer”.
- Click OK.
- “You must restart your computer to apply these changes” message appears.
- Click Restart Now.
- Windows restarts.
- User Account Control is now turned off, but Vista may prompt you each day to turn it back on. (See explanation above about the message “balloon”.)
- Close any major program such as PC Study Bible, MS Word, or the Internet Browser.
- Click the Start Button, usually found in the lower left corner of the screen.
- Click CONTROL PANEL.
- Look for a choice labeled USER ACCOUNTS, and Click it.
- When this window opens, look to the bottom for a selection labeled, CHANGE USER ACCOUNT CONTROL SETTINGS. Click this choice if it is here.
- If that item is not at the bottom of the window, then move to the upper part of the screen and Click USER ACCOUNTS again.
- Look at the bottom for the item, CHANGE USER ACCOUNT CONTROL SETTINGS. Click this choice.
- On the left side of the screen is a Slider that slides up and down. If this Slider is not already at the bottom, slide it to the bottom, to Never Notify.
- This turns off the messages, from Windows, asking you to give permission to run a program.
- Click the OK, and then Click Yes, to make changes to the system.
- On some Windows 7 systems, there will be a Button near the bottom of the screen for Restarting the System. If this Button is there, Click it to shut down and restart the computer.
- If this Button is not there, close the Settings Window and the Control Panel Screen, and Shut down and Restart the System.
- Once the computer has restarted, the User Account Control will be turned off.
Next run the Reset to Factory Defaults:
This Reset to Factory Defaults is an option that starting in version 4.2D. Feel free to use it whenever you get an error message from PC Study Bible. It will set your changes back to the default setting.
- Close PC Study Bible.
- Click on Start.
- Click on Programs (or All Programs).
- Click on PC Study Bible 4 or 5.
- Click on Reset to Factory Defaults.
- The program may come up and run on it’s own. If it doesn't then start up PC Study Bible.
Everytime, I open PC Study Bible on my Windows 7 computer, the color scheme changes to Microsoft Basic? Do you have a fix or an update that can correct this?
At this time, we don't have a permanent fix to correct this everytime you open you program. We do have a file you can download and run, but you will need to run this every time you open up PC Study Bible. In fact, the only real harm that this change to Microsoft Basic does is if you have increased your screen or are using Windows Magnifier tool to help see your screen better. There are areas that won't increase or you get the Magnifier appear in only a small window which defeats the purpose of having a Magnifier open at all.
If you need to correct either of these issues, then click on the link below to download and save the file:
Each browser has a different way of accessing downloads:
Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer use the Ctrl+J keys on your keyboard.
Safari uses the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+L.
- In many cases, downloads go to the Download folder and can be access there. To get to your Downloads folder:
- Click on Start.
- Look for something called Downloads in the left hand column.
- Click on Downloads.
- Look for the file name that appears when the download starts.
- Double click on the file to open the installation.
- Follow the onscreen instructions to complete installation.
For Windows 8/8.1 Users - press and hold the Windows Key and then press “E”. (The Windows Key is in the last row of keys on the Keyboard; usually two keys from the left or right of the Space Bar.) Pressing and then releasing these 2 keys together will open a File Explorer window.
I would like especially thank Richard Dillon who was gracious to provide this fix and put it into the necessary file for us. Thank you, Richard, for taking the time to do this for us in our stead.