January 22, 2003 Build 01/21/2003

NIST 02 Software Update (for Win 9x, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP)

(This information is available as readme.txt file that come with your download)

This update will replace some of the previously distributed NIST MS Search v2.0 files by updating them to the most recent version.

It is recommended that you do not run version 2.0 and older versions at the same time; however, if you do, you should not change the contents of user libraries with both versions running.

HP/Agilent ChemStation users: the replacements for the HP/Agilent ChemStation macros are available for downloading separately:

To Update

Copy the following files into NIST MS Search directory:

Files Description
nistms.exe Main NIST MS Search v2.0 executable
nistms$.exe Loader for the MS Search v2.0 command line options
strdbld.exe User Libraries Structure search database builder
CTNT66.DLL Executables Extensions
nistcmn.dll Executables Extensions
nistms32.dll Executables Extensions
nistretn.dll Executables Extensions
nistms.cnt Help System
NISTMS.HLP Help System
readme_v20.txt this file
No data and index files are needed with this NIST 02 upgrade

Third Party MS Software Compatibility Note

If both of the following are true:

  1. your MS software searches, creates, or updates User MS libraries in NIST format;
  2. your software contains file NISTDL32.DLL or NISTDL16.DLL which does not have Version information in Properties as displayed by the Windows Explorer (these files were created before Aug 1999);

then the latest MS Search version you may use is 1.7a-o: In this case, using NIST MS Search v2.0 to update or create your user MS library may make the library incompatible with your (third party) software. In order to resolve this incompatibility with the NIST MS Search v2.0, the third party software needs to be updated to the current version of the NISTDL32.DLL or NISTDL16.DLL.

User MS Libraries created/updated by the MS Search v2.0 may also have compatibility problems with the older NIST MS Search version 1.6x. However, these libraries are fully compatible with the NIST MS Search v1.7 and are searchable with v1.7-o.

Contact Information

For more information about the MS Search program and NIST 98 MS Library please see

If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Dmitrii Tchekhovskoi National Institute of Standards and Technology 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8380 Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8380 phone : (301) 975-4673 fax : (301) 869-4020 email :

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