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PM 7.0 tryout will not open

Jul 13, 2012 3:29 PM

Tags: #failed_to_initialize #vbox

I've used PM for years, have 6.5 on disk but I just had Windows & Premium installed on my computer and apparently 6.5 will not work on it. So I ordered the PM7 upgrade and also downloaded the trial so I can open some of the many PM files I have. I installed it twice.  But every time I try to open the program, I get an error message. "Failed to initialize VBox."

 

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to get this program to open?  Thanks, Donna

 
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    Jul 13, 2012 3:31 PM   in reply to sanmigueldonna

    An old computer.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Jul 13, 2012 7:23 PM   in reply to sanmigueldonna

    PM 7 is not going to run well on anything newer than XP.

     

     

     

    Time to move to InDesign.

     

     

     

    Bob

     
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    Jul 26, 2012 5:28 AM   in reply to sanmigueldonna

    A lot of older products - both programs and hardware - won't work in Win7.

     

    To this end you can set up a virtual XP within Win7. It's not all difficult... Install PM there and it'll (should) work. Once the virtual XP is installed, you don't have to reboot into it... it runs like any other program in Win 7. When you're done with the work in hand you can hibernate it (pardon that!) to free up resources...

     

    Here's a link:

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/

     
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    Jul 26, 2012 5:32 AM   in reply to shunithD

    No, it's not difficult, but it is crap.

     

    Again, using PM in 2012 reliably means not using a new computer or a new operating system. Find an old machine on eBay if you need it.

     

    Bob

     
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    Jul 26, 2012 11:14 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Bob Levine wrote:

     

    No, it's not difficult, but it is crap.

    Why?

     
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    Jul 26, 2012 4:46 PM   in reply to shunithD

    Just speaking from experience. Not worth the bother.

     

    Why people insist on trying to run this archaic software on new machines is a mystery. If you can't afford InDesign or think it's overkill take a look at Scribus (open source, free) or Serif Plus (about ($99). Both are far superior to Pagemaker.

     

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    Jul 27, 2012 4:20 AM   in reply to sanmigueldonna

    When was this? Adobe has a 30 day money back policy.

     

    BTW, InDesign will open those PM files, but the quality of the conversion will range from nearly perfect down to practically unrecognizable. I would suggest downloading the demo but you missed the 10 year long offer of an upgrade price so it will cost you.

     

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