How to Run MATLAB 6.5 on Windows 10
MATLAB 6.5 is an old version of the popular mathematical software that was released in 2002. It is not officially supported on Windows 10, but some users may still want to run it for various reasons, such as compatibility with old code or nostalgia. In this article, we will show you how to install and run MATLAB 6.5 on Windows 10 using a few tricks and workarounds.
Step 1: Download MATLAB 6.5
You can download MATLAB 6.5 from the MathWorks website if you have an existing license for R13SP2 or later[^1^]. You will need to select R13SP2 from the right hand side and then select your platform. Note that you will probably need to contact MathWorks Support to create a key file for you, as the license arrangements have changed since then.
Step 2: Install MATLAB 6.5
Once you have downloaded the setup file, you can run it in compatibility mode for Windows XP-SP2[^2^]. To do this, right-click on the setup file and select Properties. Then go to the Compatibility tab and check the box that says “Run this program in compatibility mode for:” and choose Windows XP (Service Pack 2) from the drop-down menu. Click OK and then run the setup file as usual.
Step 3: Bypass the License Manager Error
After installing MATLAB 6.5, you may encounter an error message that says “License Manager Error -103 Terminal Server Remote Client not allowed” when you try to launch it[^2^]. This is because MATLAB 6.5 does not recognize Windows 10 as a valid operating system and thinks that you are trying to run it on a remote server. To fix this, you need to create an empty file called “wtsapi32.dll” in the C:\MATLAB6p5\bin\win32 folder[^2^]. This will trick MATLAB into thinking that there are no terminal services running on your computer.
Step 4: Change the Permissions of MATLAB Folder
The final step is to change the permissions of the C:\MATLAB6p5 folder and its subdirectories to allow full access for normal users[^2^]. This will enable MATLAB to store its settings and preferences without requiring administrator privileges. To do this, right-click on the C:\MATLAB6p5 folder and select Properties. Then go to the Security tab and click on Edit. Select Users from the list and check the box that says “Full control” under Allow. Click OK and then Apply.
You have successfully installed and run MATLAB 6.5 on Windows 10 using some simple tricks and workarounds. However, keep in mind that this is an unsupported configuration and you may encounter some issues or limitations while using MATLAB 6.5 on Windows 10. Therefore, we recommend that you upgrade your code to run in a more recent release of MATLAB if possible, as it will offer better performance, functionality, and compatibility with newer operating systems.
Step 5: Explore MATLAB 6.5 Features
MATLAB 6.5 has many features that you can use to perform various tasks and operations with your data and code. Some of the features include:
- Logical data type: MATLAB 6.5 introduced logical as a first class data type and class, equivalent to other types like character and cell arrays[^3^]. You can use logical arrays to perform logical operations, indexing, and masking.
- Live Editor: MATLAB 6.5 included the Live Editor for creating scripts that combine code, output, and formatted text in an executable notebook[^2^]. You can use the Live Editor to interactively explore your data, create visualizations, and document your results.
- Apps: MATLAB 6.5 included several interactive applications that let you perform common tasks and workflows without writing code[^2^]. Some of the apps are Import Data, Compute by Group, Normalize Data, and Create Plot.
- Code Analyzer: MATLAB 6.5 included the Code Analyzer tool that helps you find and fix code issues interactively or programmatically[^2^]. You can use the Code Analyzer to improve the quality, readability, and performance of your code.
Step 6: Upgrade to a Newer Release of MATLAB
While MATLAB 6.5 can still run on Windows 10 with some tricks and workarounds, it is not recommended to use it for long-term or serious projects. MATLAB 6.5 is an outdated and unsupported release that may have bugs, limitations, or compatibility issues with newer operating systems and hardware. Therefore, we suggest that you upgrade to a newer release of MATLAB if possible, as it will offer many benefits such as:
- Better performance: Newer releases of MATLAB have improved speed, memory efficiency, and parallel computing capabilities[^1^]. You can run your code faster and on larger data sets with less effort.
- More functionality: Newer releases of MATLAB have added many new features and capabilities that can help you with your tasks and challenges[^1^]. You can use new functions, apps, toolboxes, and integrations with other languages and platforms.
- More compatibility: Newer releases of MATLAB have ensured compatibility with newer versions of Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Python, C/C++, Fortran, Java, and other languages and systems[^1^]. You can avoid potential errors or issues that may arise from using an old release of MATLAB on a new operating system or hardware.
You can download a trial version of the latest release of MATLAB from the MathWorks website[^1^] and see how it works for you. You can also contact MathWorks sales team[^1^] to get a quote or a license for upgrading to a newer release of MATLAB.