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GPS Software and a computer on VISTA



The computer died and I ended up with VISTA. Now it seems like none of my software works any more. GPS is really torquing me out - does anyone know if the Lowrance Mapcreate 7 works with VISTA. A friend came over with a year old Bushnell GPS and we couldn't get anything to work at all.

Thoughts - or do I need a pail of water for all my 'old' toys?

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I have Vista and for older software, I have to find file and use the “open with” option and open file with correct format/program. It might take an on line update to get the correct software to open file from old version. If you check around on-line, you will find your answer, or some computer I.T. guy will chime in on here. It can be done, just take some trial and error.

I transfer files from my lap top (Vista) to my desk top (Windows) at work (back and forth) with no concerns (after finding the correct way), but these are spread sheets, reports and other text files. You also might want to contact the manufacture of the devices, to see if they have software for the device, that is compatible with Vista.

Good luck..

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It's not uncommon that when new operating systems are first introduced, old software can have issues. It's up to the software manufacturers to provide upgrade to remain compatable with the new operating systems. In my case, I usually can get around it rather easily.

I suspect you are using User accounts on your VISTA system as I do and this can sometimes create issues but so far I have been able to get around them. When I first installed VISTA I had some problems with my older Mapsource software from Garmin. I also recently installed a Palm software that isn't VISTA compatable and I solved the problem using the same method.

I'm going from memory here so bear with me. When I get home tonight I'll check if my memory was good or not and post an update if necessary.

Right-click on your desktop Icon and select properties. Click on the Compatability tab. Try selecting the option - Run in compatability mode for: and select the operating system you know it worked on.

Another option you can try. I believe on the compatability screen you will also find an option to run as administrator. Try checking this option. When you try to open the software you'll be prompted for administrative password. This is a small hassle but it might work. This is the option I used on mine.

Try these options alone or in combination.

Once the software manufacturer comes out with their VISTA compatable upgrade you should be able to get back to normal.


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The only thing I am waiting for is the patch from lakemaster. Otherwise everything else I use has had the software patches for vista. I emailed Lowrance about mapcreate and vista compatibility this was the reply

"It may or may not work, we have not tried running it with windows vista as of yet."

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I just spoke with one of my fishing partners. He had this happen to him when he upgraded his computer. He called lowrance and they said Vista does seem to block his map 7 programing and talking to his GPS unit (H2OC). It soulds like it had to do with the USB/Serial port comunication and Vista. He is trying to work thru it but I don't know the fix yet. Ill post if he finds a way around it.

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