Solved Installing MGI Photosuite v8.06 on a Windows 7 PC

June 15, 2016 at 18:50:16
Specs: Windows 7
Can anyone explain why when I try to install v8.06 on my work computer (Windows 7), I get the splash screen and the ability to select the user language (English) but after that I get a red cross error box without any error details... at which time I can only click "OK" and the installation program bombs out. :(

I've had the IT Admin dude remotely connected to "Run As Administrator" for the setup.exe and still no bananas.


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June 16, 2016 at 09:38:37
I think you mean 8MB, not 8 GB


#1
June 16, 2016 at 04:51:33
Research through Google tells me it's not compatible with Windows 7.

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#2
June 16, 2016 at 06:17:06
Hi Grasshopper - yeah, I've done some research through the University of Google also but that's brought up mixed results (and therefore unreliable by my reckoning)... and hence the reason why I thought I'd target a forum like this.

Can you provide the link to the "best" (ie - most reliable) google answer?

Anyway, while I also had suspicions about compatibility with Windows 7, I've just had my new personal Windows 10 laptop delivered and one of the first things I did was try to install this bad boy and whaddaya know... installed and worked like a charm with a go-to-whoa time of about 30 seconds.

So, my guess is that our work IT Admin guys probably didn't get things right and that the bombing out was due to user restrictions for installing software rather than OS restrictions.

But I'll update this thread when I confirm.


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#3
June 16, 2016 at 09:13:18
The best Google hit I find is: https://winworldpc.com/product/phot...

CPU required: 486DX (I have Win 3.10 on one of these)
RAM required: 8GB

The screen shot says that it should work with Windows 95.

Nigel

Wind slow


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#4
June 16, 2016 at 09:38:37
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I think you mean 8MB, not 8 GB

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#5
June 16, 2016 at 09:46:14
"So, my guess is that our work IT Admin guys probably didn't get things right and that the bombing out was due to user restrictions for installing software rather than OS restrictions."

Perhaps the system is setup so that not everyone has Admin privileges, which is actually best business practice in most cases.

Did you contact your IT Department?


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#6
June 16, 2016 at 12:50:33
"I think you mean 8MB, not 8 GB"

Ops. Time span from reading to writing it was longer than my memory.


Nigel

Wind slow


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#7
June 18, 2016 at 01:38:36
Nigel - The Readme file that came with the software gives installation instructions for Win 3.1x through to Win 98 / Win NT.

... the other versions of Windows post that hadn't been invented yet, so on that basis it's kinda tough to say that there's support for OS versions not yet released!

Given that the software installs on Windows 10, I'm going to assume that it will install fine on a version of Windows 7 where I have admin privileges.

I'm curious now as to some examples of software that is not supported on Win 7 / Win 10??


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#8
June 18, 2016 at 01:40:20
"Did you contact your IT Department?"

.... read the original post :)

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#9
June 18, 2016 at 19:35:23
It's extremely old software. Why must you use it rather than something that's compatible with modern versions of Windows?

Try installing it using Win95 compatibility mode. See my response here: http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...


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#10
June 18, 2016 at 20:12:54
Hey Riider... now THAT is the type of answer that I was hoping for / expecting - thanks!

I used to do all the computer stuff from clean format re-install of OS / heart transplant etc through the generations from Win 3.1x, Win95, 98, NT, 2000 and XP.... and after that I pretty much got sick of it all. So, other than my normal work engineering use of Windows 7, I'm a bit stuck in the good ol' days as far as doing anything too IT crafty is concerned.

I had heard of the compatibility modes but had no idea where to find / how it worked / if it worked (and hadn't got to the stage of trawling through the University of Google).

So... thanks for pointing to a clear response on that one!

PS... I choose to use MGI Photosuite for one simple reason: reducing photo file size without having any appreciable difference in overall picture quality and ZERO reduction in physical photo "dimensions". I use the Windows Photo Viewer for basically everything else (I don't do photo editing as such).

... but please - point me to a "relatively free" photo editing application that lets me do the function I need with the file size reduction and I'll happily check it out!

:)


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#11
June 18, 2016 at 21:27:47
"... point me to a "relatively free" photo editing application that lets me do the function I need with the file size reduction and I'll happily check it out!"

Have you considered IrfanView?

http://www.irfanview.com/

There's even a portable version that can be run from flash-drive (so Admin rights shouldn't be a problem...unless it completely prohibits an executable from running from flash):

http://portableapps.com/apps/graphi...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#12
June 18, 2016 at 23:01:34
Hey T-R-A... never heard of IrfanView, but I'm kinda excited at the prospect of trying it out and super curious as to whether I will get the same (or improved) results in comparison with what I've been used to with PhotoSuite.

The suggestion is very much appreciated! I'll report back on my comparison findings when I get around to installing & testing. Cheers!


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#13
June 19, 2016 at 21:23:45
T-R-A... your recommendation is very much appreciated. I've just successfully installed the portable version on my Windows 7 work machine (without admin rights) and tried it out and it works fine... saving photos as 25% jpg picture quality seems to have about the same file size reduction of up to 10% of the original. Perfect.

If I was to be picky, I'd complain that the Saveas takes me to "My Documents" by default instead of the directory where the photo was opened up from, but I can live with that.

Please accept this virtual (and imaginary) beer... or get in touch if you ever travel to Adelaide and I'll buy you a real one! :)


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#14
June 20, 2016 at 03:19:16
"If I was to be picky, I'd complain that the Saveas takes me to "My Documents" by default instead of the directory where the photo was opened up from, but I can live with that."

Then use "Save (Original Folder)" in the same menu. It'll overwrite the file if you use the same file name, so make sure to change it (add an "a" or "-1" or something) if you want to keep the original.

"...accept this virtual (and imaginary) beer... or get in touch if you ever travel to Adelaide and I'll buy you a real one!"

Well, glad it's imaginary...since I quit drinking years ago. And since I've never been any further west than Chicago....

But the thought is definitely appreciated.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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