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Recommendations for a GPS program for Windows 7 that is best for a large RV
Suz
I have been happy with Copilot 11 Laptop, but my Vista system computer crashed; new computers come with Windows7 64 bit, but Copilot 11 does not support 64 bit. What recommendations do others have for a program on a laptop that is best for a large RV that travels on "regular" roads as well as superhighways?
malaki86
CoPilot v11 runs perfectly fine on Windows 7 64bit.

When I first installed v11, my laptop was running Vista 64bit with no issues. I upgraded to Windows 7 and it still runs perfect.

CoPilot doesn't make use of the additional benefits of the 64bit, but then again, hardly any software does. It simply runs as a 32bit process.
Suz
Thanks a lot - I read on the ALK support page that only a 32 bit would work (actually I think I had a 64 bit on my now defunct laptop). I like CoPilot, for all its shortcomings, but I guess they all have problems, I'm just used to the CoPilot ones. I have an e-mail into ALK and will call them on Monday when they open again. Glad to hear it works on Windows 7... Did you have to do anything special or get a new driver from ALK?
Marvin Hlavac
Hi Suz, and welcome to the forum. Malaki is a long time user of CoPilot, so he will be able to give first-hand feedback on these issues, but I've managed to search a post by a user who described how he installed CoPilot 11 on Wndows 7 64 bit, and he even described how he successfully connected his GPS to it. Read post #5 in the following thread: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/3272-alk-copilot-live-11-wont-install-windows-7-error-1603-a#post26337
malaki86
I don't use an ALK GPS puck - I use a BU-353.
Suz
Thank you for all your help. I have just spoken with ALK support: the newest verstion of CoPilot for Laptop is Copilot v8. (Confusing I know since the most recent old version is 11 but he claims this is the newest). It is designed to work (and is therefor supported) on Windows 7. The biggest change is the ability to download updated maps and this will continue to be available for free. This is very important to me and since I'm happy with CoPilot having used it for many years, I'm going to go twith the $49 upgrade for previous owners.
Marvin Hlavac
Great! Suz, there were some details posted about the newest CoPilot version in the review here, and you may also find other related topics in the CoPilot forum section here.

Let us know how you like the new version once you install it on your laptop, and after you take it on the road.
OneRVer
Hello Suz, I am using v-8 on my 64 bit, Windows 7, laptop. No problems at all. The format is a .ov2 so downloading extra POIs is pretty simple. I bought for RV use also. I am using the iBlue GM-2 GPS receiver. V-8 will handle the 10 Hz and multiple baud rates.
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