HomeMicrosoft


How to install Microsoft Streets & Trips on my netbook?
zation cosign
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.
Marvin Hlavac
Hi zation cosign, and welcome to the forum. I'm glad it works for you now. USB memory stick would have worked, too. I'm not sure what went wrong with the first installation, but even if it told you the 60-day trial expired, you should still have been able to simply enter the activation code without the need to install it all over again.
Ken in Regina
Put the DVD into the DVD drive.

Insert the USB memory stick.

Once they are both visible in Windows Explorer (My Computer, whatever), highlight everything in the DVD and drag it into the USB memory stick.

Nothing fancy. You just want to make sure you get everything copied into the memory stick that's on the DVD. Pretty much the same procedure you used to drag the contents of the DVD into the folder on the Desktop except drag it into the USB memory stick instead.

Check the size of the folder you used for the installation. It's probably much smaller than 4GB so you might be able to get away with using a 2GB memory stick if that's cheaper.

...ken...
zation cosign
Thank you all.

I got everything set up in my car finally. This little netbook worked out wonderfully. I had my eye on Samsung after a few days of web research. Best price was 299. Then I happened upon this Compaq with identical specs for 178 at bestbuy's black friday sales. It was gone from all of the outlets within half an hour of friday's opening, but I managed to grab one online and picked it up at the store the next day.

I had wanted the Samsung based on brand reliability, but then again I suspect that these netbooks may be rebadges coming out of the same factories at this point anyway since they have suspiciously identical specs and packaging. My choices were limited quite a bit by the requirement of a non glare screen, but I lucked out on the Compaq since it had this feature.

I had a bit of a panic when the map wouldn't auto center but I finally discovered the option for that. A 10.1 screen with a 93% keyboard is almost ideal for an automotive gps. I had been using a 12.1 inch toshiba, which always seemed perfect, but this is a better compromise I think. The Navibe mouse gps is spot on! The Targus universal 12vdc (lighter plug) to 3-24vdc adapter that I found at Goodwill last year finally came in handy. After checking online I discovered a chart that describes which resistor to apply to the plug end (133k) in order to signal the SMPS to output to 19vdc. I put a plug on it to fit the Compaq and it worked beautifully.

So now I have a navigation tool with a 10.1 inch led backlit ultra bright screen, b/g/n wireless web access, word processing, and a querty keyboard for about the same price as a dedicated dashboard gps. I can load whatever updated software I choose on it. If I break down at roadside I can play tetris until the wrecker arrives. What's not to love?

Well, I'm a little pissed that Compaq put the left and right click on the sides of the trackpad instead of below it like every other laptop in the world. I'll get used to it, but I'd rather have something familiar at hand while driving with the other. What the hell do they do things like this for? It's awkward, and there's actually plenty of room for the conventional layout. They didn't to it to save space. Very strange.

Thanks again for the great forum. I'll post again if I have any updates.
Marvin Hlavac

So now I have a navigation tool with a 10.1 inch led backlit ultra bright screen, b/g/n wireless web access, word processing, and a querty keyboard for about the same price as a dedicated dashboard gps. I can load whatever updated software I choose on it. If I break down at roadside I can play tetris until the wrecker arrives. What's not to love?


And if you get tired of one mapping software, you may try another software, and another, and another... ... rather than buying a new car
zation cosign
The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 which is standard for current netbooks. It's a tad below the spec requirements for S&T, so I'm probably missing just a little map off the bottom of the screen, but it's not noticeable. At least I think that's what's happening. I might be wrong.

160G harddrive. Astonishing how the standard just keeps creeping up. The latest, just this month, netbooks are shipping with win 7 starter and 250G harddrives. There's no way I'll run out of 160G on this thing for the use I"m throwing at it.

I still can't wrap my mind around solid state hard drives and terabytes on a flash drive. I remember debating with friends in college back in the early '90s about the possiblity of storing a cd's worth of music content on any solid state memory. We doubted it would be in our lifetimes.
Ken in Regina
I still can't wrap my mind around solid state hard drives and terabytes on a flash drive. I remember debating with friends in college back in the early '90s about the possiblity of storing a cd's worth of music content on any solid state memory. We doubted it would be in our lifetimes.
I've been a computer professional since the early 70's and one thing I learned really early is that forecasting the technology more than a few months out is a mug's game.

...ken...
hazcaddy
This copying seems a bit of a chore, in the S&T 2010 booklet it says on page 3 how to download a copy for "PC users with no DVD drive" via www.microsoft.com/streets/activate - has anyone done that succesfully?

My question is related - I have S&T 2010 on my desktop, but want to put it on my laptop and netbook also. How many activations can you do with one key?

I know that my McAfee only allows 3, but don't know what Microsoft's policy is...
Marvin Hlavac
Hi hazcaddy,

:welcome: to Laptop GPS World.

Hmm, the user name does seem familiar from very likely another online community!

1. Yes, just download it if you have fast enough connection, and if you don't have to pay extra money to your ISP for using up too much bandwidth (the file is I think around 2GB).

2. Your desktop & laptop will be OK. Go to Help > About > License... to read the details, but from what I remember you can install it on a licensed device (one computer), and one additional portable device (for example your laptop), as long as you are the primary user of both.
Critterles
Were you running Windows 7 Starter on your netbook when you loaded Streets & Trips?
tom012341
YES, TRIED ON TWO LAPTOPS
moorisg
Is there anybody out there can help me fine Options on a Acer
Ken in Regina
Is there anybody out there can help me fine Options on a Acer
What kind of "options" are you looking for?

Have you tried using your search engine to find them, e.g. Google or Bing or Yahoo?

...ken...
moorisg
The options is for Streets and Trips GPS.
tcassidy
Bottom of the Tools menu.

Terry
Attached Images
options.jpg  
laptopgpsworld.com About