Install and register magic box elite on win 8

January 30, 2014 at 09:24:07
Specs: Windows 7
I purchased from an individual magic box elite and I am trying to install on a new computer with Windows 8. The software for the magic box will not recognize the usb port only com ports. I need help with installing and registration as well. Contacted Great Notions and they could not help me. Any help out there please.

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January 30, 2014 at 15:26:10
If this is a card reader or something used in connection with sewing...

I ask as this is what I found when trying to discover just what is Magic Box Elite...

Another link brought up a manual (pdf) for the XP version; and the one above goes upto Vista and windows 7; with XP, Vista Win 7 - 32 bit only). All presuming this is the same item you are talking about? It won't work with windows 8.

says it's no longer sold/supported etc...; but strangely that report refers to it using usb...? Note to their warnings about uninstalling it - presuming one already has it installed from before it went off the market?

Not sure that this site is the support for it or not...

Overall it seems you're pretty well out on a limb unless you know someone who knows all about it; and that the version you have supports usb; or find someone who knows the workaround for the version you have.

If you have just bought it from a reliable vendor, and it was sold as viable/current software (or whatever) then I'd be inclined to return it and ask for a refund. "They " would have known it's not made any longer, and no support either?

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January 31, 2014 at 12:37:02
I appreciate the help but I think you are right. I am on the limb and will not be able to use a lot of my embroidery designs that I have purchased over the years. I had an XP computer and I did not have trouble until it crashed. Thanks for the help.

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January 31, 2014 at 12:51:53
You can run XP on win-7 in virtual machine environment. M$ have a freebie package "Virtual PC" that will allow it.

is the M$ item about it...; worth a try at least?

Also depending on what make/model your present computer is - you may be able to set up a dual-boot (at least with win-7 and XP). I'm not sure about win-8 and XP in that regard - as a very recent computer "may" not allow for XP to install - no drivers etc...

Otherwise grab almost any available (redundant/second-hand etc...) computer from the last 8-10yrs or so and likely it will allow you run XP. But after April keep it off the internet if possible... After April there is no official M$ support (security updates etc.) for XP; and while it won't be overly vulnerable to nasties... - especially if you keep an active anti-virus package etc running on it - better to play safe as best one may? If going this latter path - check the make/model etc against specifications required for XP.

Registration of Magic Box will not be possible though, as from the links I found earlier it appears it isn't possible anymore?

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February 17, 2014 at 11:20:55
What happened to your subsequent post here - re' Vista and an Action Code?

It was posted to day Feb 17th., then disappeared - with three (at least) responses added to it?

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February 19, 2014 at 14:45:22
I found a person at Sewing Machine Outlet who has informed me the Magic Box will not work with my windows 8 computer. They do have a Vikant Ultimate Box which hopefully will work. I am talking with a gentleman with Vikant who is helping me get through all the requirements of the various software/hardware issues. I have not purchased anything as of yet but I am hopeful I am about to solve my problem.

As you asked Trvir, I do not know what happened to subsequent postings.

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February 19, 2014 at 15:59:34
mm Hi - again; at least we reconnected via this one…

Keep me appraised/posted on how it pans out for you - please. Academic interest at least on my part.

The way to get a programme designed to connect/print via a com port (and usually to a parallel port printer) is effectively to map the usb printer to a com port (typically Lpt1) and then use a command: "net use" which allows one to access that Lpt via a share option. The setup and syntax is simple and easy to follow.

Quite by chance I was helping a chum at my Lodge who has an old dos programme that will only print to a com port (to a parallel printer of course). He had been using a software interface utility (from Italy) that works well - but is a wee bit slow. By chance when we rebuilt the pc involved (it was riddled with pests, viruses etc. galore and had ground to a halt!) and came to set up the dos app again… we couldn't get the registration of the Italian utility to work… Discussions with the Italian support site - a day or two later - pointed us to that "olde net use command"; pending resolving the registration problems for their utility The net use works fine and is actually faster than their (the Italian) utiltity so he's sticking with the net use option now…

I have seen references that it will work with Vista and also win-7 - 32 bit versions only; I have seen references that it won't work with win-7 64bit. No idea about win-8/8.1… So if Magic Box will run in Vista and/or win-7… there is the option of net use; and if you ran the Magic Box in XP within win-7 it would likely print that way too.

Possibly XP within win-8 VM (Virtual Machine) and magic Box may work too (via the net use command) - if win-8 is 32bit version?

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