Any advantage in buying new Microsoft GPS Locator with Streets & Trips 2011?
Wasn't sure where to ask this. Any reason to get the new GPS receiver or is it the same as last 'Microsoft' receiver?
Marvin Hlavac
It seems that Microsoft Streets and Trips 2011 with GPS Locator is again going to use the USB GPS stick, Navation GPS 168, like it did in the 2010 version. If that's the GPS receiver/antenna/sensor/locator that you currently have, than the only advantage you can gain buy buying it again is to have a spare one.

People using a GPS unit that came with an older version may have more to gain. The current unit may be more sensitive to weak GPS signals, and it may be sturdier than older designs.
I found the old receiver (GPS-360) installs ok depending on the Windows OS version. (If running other than Windows OS such as Linux, Mac, etc. I'm uncertain)

Windows Street & Trips 2005 came with a GPS-360 gps receiver that is manufactured by Pharos. The chipset it uses is a Prolific PL2303.

Different driver versions can can be downloaded for Windows OS from


The main Windows driver installer package is http://www.prolific.com.tw/UserFiles/files/PL2303_DriverInstaller_1181_20170504.zip

Which installs different driver versions for Windows XP through to Windows 8.x. depending on the Prolific chipset.

(Windows 8/8.1/10 are NOT supported in PL-2303HXA and PL-2303X EOL chip versions.)

However I what I found is The driver v2.1.51.238 installed and works ok under Windows XP however I wasn't able to install a Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32 & 64-bit) WDF WHQL Driver: v3.8.12.0 (03/03/2017) d from the installer package under Windows Vista x64. The driver documentation shows it suppose to work under Windows Vista x64, but it just won't install, When I plug the GPS-360 into a usb port under Vista x64 it shows up as a USB-Serial Controller under "Other Devices" without any com port associated with it. After the driver is installed GPS-360 should have a com port associated (linked) with the GPS-360 which it doesn't.

The documentation shows driver Installer version 1.18.1 (2017-05-04) to be compatible with
Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (32 & 64-bit) WDF WHQL and the Driver: v3.8.12.0 (03/03/2017) is for Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Certified WHQL Driver

However the installer wasn't able to install a gps driver for Vista x64.

Windows XP (32 & 64-bit) WDM WHQL Driver: version > v2.1.51.238 (10/22/2013)
- Windows XP Certified WHQL Driver
- Windows Certification Report
- Compatible with Windows 2000SP4 & Server2003

In the driver zip file PL2303_DriverInstaller_1181_20170504.zip there is a chipset ID program that should ID the Prolific chipset your GPS has installed) has. The prolific chipset id program can also be downloaded from

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