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Does Embird 2010/2008 and its plug-ins work with Windows 7?

1. Answer for Embird 2010, Build 8.8 or later:

Iconizer plug-in now shows icons also in 64-bit type of Windows Vista and Windows 7. There is a new switch "64-bit Windows" located below "OK" and "Cancel" buttons in "Options > Iconizer Settings" dialog box.

Because the development tool is still not available in 64-bit version, this temporary 64-bit Iconizer uses 32-bit kernel. Therefore this Iconizer is not as quick as the true 64-bit Iconizer which will be developed once the 64-bit version of development tool is available.

In case there is a problem with frequent Explorer crashes when using this 64-bit temporary Iconizer, please switch OFF displaying of the DETAILS PANE in Windows Explorer via its menu "Organize > Layout > Details Pane".

In case the 64-bit Iconizer still does not work and there are blank folders with no images in Windows Explorer, please switch OFF the option "Always show icons, never thumbnails" in menu "Organize > Folder and search options,View tab".

You will find also "Embird Explorer 32-bit" application in "Start > Programs > Embird 2010" program group, intended for those users for whom Iconizer 64-bit is still causing crashes in Windows Explorer. In such a case you should disable 64-bit Iconizer, and use 32-bit Iconizer instead (setting "64-bit Windows" below "OK" button is OFF).

2. Answer for Embird 2010, Build 8.7 or earlier:

The short answer is "yes" for 32-bit edition of Windows Vista, and "yes, except Iconizer plug-in and Ultimate Box+ menu" for 64-bit edition of Windows Vista.

The detail answer is:

There exist 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows Vista. You can find out which edition of Vista you have on your PC by right-clicking the "Computer" icon on the Desktop, and choosing the "Properties" command in the popup menu which appears on the screen. Check the "System type:" line in the "System" section of the dialog box which appears on the screen to find out whether you have "32-bit Operating System" or "64-bit Operating System".

Because current edition of Embird is 32-bit, there should be no problems with running Embird and all its plug-ins in 32-bit edition of Vista. The Iconizer plug-in is functional in 32-bit Vista, however, you should choose "Medium Icons", "Large Icons", "Extra Large Icons" or "Tiles" option for viewing file in Windows Explorer. Windows Vista 32-bit does not display icons in "Small Icons" and "List" view, only "universal type" icon. Ultimate Box+ menu is also functional in Vista 32-bit. These issues were already tested internally and confirmed by Embird Team.

The 64-bit edition of Vista and also Windows XP Professional x64 Edition use 64-bit version of Windows Explorer, which cannot load libraries of current 32-bit Iconizer plug-in. To work around the Windows Explorer issue, you must use the 32-bit version of Windows Explorer:

Click Start, click Run, type the following in the Open box, and then click OK:

C:Windowssyswow64explorer.exe /separate

The Ultimate Box+ menu does not work in 64-bit edition of Vista, because the 64-bit driver is required for this card reader/writer box and it is not available from Vikant company yet. All other plug-ins (Alphabets, Font Engine, Cross Stitch, Digitizing Tools and Sfumato Stitch) are functional on PC with 64-bit edition of Vista. These issues were already tested internally and confirmed by Embird Team.

We plan to re-write Embird for 64-bit edition of Windows as soon as proper 64-bit development tool is available.

Also, in 64-bit VISTA, Embird is installed into "C:Program Files (x86)EMBIRD32" folder, because this is the folder where 32-bit application should be stored in 64-bit VISTA. This means that when you are installing Alphabets or Studio plug-ins, you should specify "C:Program Files (x86)EMBIRD32" folder for installation instead of default folder (i.e. instead of "C:Program FilesEMBIRD32").

Both edition of Vista do not support Embird's Help .HLP file. However, this issue can be easily solved by clicking "Help > Contents" menu in Embird Manager and following steps which appear on the screen. They will lead you to Microsoft Download Center where you can download the WinHlp32.exe program. After installation of this component, the .HLP file will work again.
If you encounter some other compatibility problems when installing or running Embird with Vista, please try the following steps which might solve these problems:

Before installing Embird in Vista do the following:

1. Log-in to your PC with Administrator privileges.
2. Temporarily switch OFF all anti-virus software.
3. Select "Start > Settings > Control Panel" menu.
4. Click "User Accounts" icon in the dialog box which appears on the screen.
5. Click "Turn User Account Control on or off" link.
6. Switch OFF the "Use User Account Control (UAC) to help protect your computer".
7. Click "OK" button to confirm this new setting and agree with Windows restarting.
8. Install Embird as explained in our tutorial.
9. Enable your anti-virus software.

Once Embird is successfully installed, please follow these steps:

1. Always run Embird with Administrator privileges.
2. Move mouse pointer to the icon of the Embird on the Desktop and click right mouse button for popup menu.
3. Select "Properties" command from the popup menu.
4. A dialog box will appear on the screen. Choose "Compatibility" tab.
5. Switch ON the checkbox "Run this program in compatibility mode" and choose "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)"
6. Click "OK" button to confirm this new setting

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