If you still tinker with RS-232 (serial) ports, you will undoubtedly need some software to communicate with devices connected to that port. In the days of Windows XP and below, that program (at least for me) was HyperTerminal. However, unfortunately, this is no longer included in newer versions of the Windows OS. Luckily though, it still works. I’m currently using it on Windows 8 with no problems whatsoever.
The only thing you need to do is to copy two files from a Windows XP machine. They are found in the following locations:
- C:\Program Files\Windows NT\Hypertrm.exe
Grab those files and copy them over to your new OS. Make sure they can ‘see’ each other, meaning you would most likely want to put them in the same folder. After that, just run the exe and you’re done.
NOTE: Run the program as an administrator. I was getting connection errors if I ran it otherwise.