I'm somewhat competent with this stuff, but pretty baffled. I got one of the Compaq HP 110 Mini netbooks at the Bestbuy weekend sale for 178 USD. When I got home, my Navibe USB antenna was in my mailbox. What fun!
I got the netbook online and downloaded the Microsoft Streets and Trips 2010 60 day trial. Connected the Navibe and away we go. Everything good. Took everything out to the car and plugged it all in and fired it up. Now the S&T welcome window greyed out the option to use the trial and announced that my trial period was over. What? Did they mean 60 minutes? That was almost exactly how long I was able to use it.
Not wanting to screw with that anymore, and a bit worried that it was going to grey out on me at some point on the road, I just went out and purchased the software. Now how do I get it on my netbook? I installed it on my HP laptop and then connected the two computers using a crossover cable. I went through a couple of tutorials for file sharing and was able to finally put S&T in "my documents" and then open "my documents" on the netbook and drag the S&T folder onto the desktop. Seemed to go well. Got file transfer bar indicating that the files were loading. Took about three minutes. But when I open the folder there is no install.exe anywhere to click on. The only .exe file is StreetsOlkShim.exe which seems to do nothing.
What's the easiiest way to do this? Can I just get a 4gb usb memory stick and put S&T on it and then plug it into my netbook? Does it have to be a bootable format in order to install? Are there any programs ready made to enable sharing files using a crossover cable (there is such an extraordinary number of hoops to jump through in order to enable this that it seems error prone. I must have gotten the"you don't have permission" "see your network administrator" prompt a dozen times. I AM the network administrator. Why does this have to be so difficult?
Typically, spend all night on this and most of the morning. Post the question and then ten minutes after posting the question I succeed. I don't know why it worked, but I simply put the S&T in the HP and instead of installing, I opened it in explore, created a new folder on my desktop, and then copied all the contents to that folder. On the netbook I opened the desktop on the HP via the ethernet connection and dragged that folder onto my netbook desktop. Took four minutes and, holding my breath, opened that folder and there was the install.exe. looks like i'm good to go but I'll leave the post since I'm still curious about how to use a usb stick for xferring/storing programs such as S&T. Anyone know? I'd like to have a copy on hand while on the road with the netbook in case anything goes awry.