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Factory V-Scanners System requirements Installation

If you are experiencing problems loading Win96's help file, see this page.

For information about the new conventional frequency import feature, see this page.

Click here for the new CSV file format specification, introduced in version 1.33.

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Extended Frequency Test Results

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Win96 is a software program for the Radio Shack PRO-96 Digital Trunking Scanner and the PRO-2096 "mobile" version. It allows you to read data from the scanner, make changes via the GUI, and write the modified data back. Win96 can also manage the PRO-96's "Virtual Scanner Folders". You can maintain a "library" of data files to be downloaded or shared. Alternatively, you can import and export comma-delimited (CSV) text files.

During Win96's design and creation, its author worked closely with the PRO-96's development team. Due in part to this relationship, Win96 allows full control of all known PRO-96 features, including several that are not documented in the scanner's manual. These "extra" features include, (but are not necessarily limited to):

Download Win96 here.
This is a ZIP file (approx. 875kB).

Upgrading from a previous version
To upgrade, merely download the new version of the ZIP file and extract its contents into the same folder where you currently run Win96, overwriting the older version. If you're a registered user, your registration will not be affected.

Revision History

You can also download the Win96 help file separately. This is a 211kB CHM (Compiled HTML Help) file.

Factory V-Scanner Contents

Here are The Official RadioShack V-Scanner folder contents, as the radio is shipped from the factory. This is a 250kB ZIP file, supplied by RadioShack, that contains ten P96 files. Credit for the data compilation goes to Lindsay Blanton of fame.

V-Scanner revisions:

Win96 does not use an "installer" like many Windows programs. You merely download a ZIP file that contains the program and decompress it to a new folder on your machine. Uninstallation merely requires that you delete the program files from your machine.

  1. Save the ZIP file to your local machine.
  2. Create a new directory ("folder") in which to place the contents of the ZIP file.
  3. Use WinZip or an equivalent utility to extract the contents of the ZIP file into the new folder. NOTE: Make sure that whatever utility you use supports long file names. There have been a couple of reports from users who used "pkunzip", which truncated the file names to the old 8.3 format. Win96 will not be happy with this.
  4. Run the Win96.exe file that was extracted.
Here is a suggested installation procedure:
  1. Start Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the "C:\Program Files" folder.
  3. Create a new folder in "Program Files", and name it Win96.
  4. From this web site, click on the "Download Win96" link above.
  5. When prompted, select the "Save" option (if you're not prompted, and your web browser tries to open the ZIP file directly, then right-click on the Download link and select the "Save" option in any menu that appears).
  6. In the Save As box that is presented, navigate to the Win96 folder you created above, and click OK (or Save).
  7. In Windows Explorer, you should now see the file that was downloaded.
  8. Perform whatever steps are necessary for your particular "unzipper" to extract the ZIP file's contents into the current folder. For example, with WinZip, you can just right-click on the ZIP file and select "Extract to here".
  9. You can now run the Win96.exe file from Windows Explorer in this folder.
  10. To create a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the EXE file and, while holding the right mouse button down, drag to a blank area on the Windows Desktop. Release the mouse button. Windows will present a list of "options" for the drag/drop operation. Select "Create shortcut here". You can now run Win96 by double-clicking on the desktop shortcut.

Known issues

The Help File

If you create a shortcut to Win96 (e.g. on your desktop), make sure that the shortcut's "Start in" field is set to the same folder where Win96 is installed. If you don't, Win96 will not be able to find its Help file. To set the "Start in" field:

  1. Right-click on the shortcut
  2. Select "Properties"
  3. Select the "Shortcut" tab
  4. Make sure that "Start in" matches "Target" (except for the "\Win96.exe" portion)

For example, if Target is set to: "C:\Program Files\Win96\Win96.exe", make sure Start in is set to: "C:\Program Files\Win96".

If you have difficulties using the Help file (i.e. if you get an error message when you press F1 within Win96), you may need to update or install Microsoft's HTML Help Viewer program. Download this ZIP file, unzip it, then run the enclosed HHUPD.EXE file. This will install the Help Viewer program.

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WARNING: Win96 is not freeware. It is distributed as a time-limited (30-day) trial version. It is highly recommended that you use the software for several days with the PRO-96 scanner to ensure that Win96 performs to your satisfaction. If you won't have a PRO-96 within the next 15 days, you might consider whether you want to download the software now, as you won't be able to actually test it in conjunction with the scanner.

System Requirements

In order to run Win96, you'll need the following:

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