Installing nRoute on Win 8/32 Tablet with Limited Storage
I am currently travelling on a 6 week driving holiday (from Perth on west coast of Australia to Brisbane on east coast = 4800km one way) with a Win 10 netbook and a Win 8 32 bit tablet.

One week into the trip the screen on the netbook has died. This is my main navigation PC with:

* Oziexplorer and Natmaps (all of Straya at 1:250k) plus some state maps (at 1:100k and even some at 1:25k) for finding green areas for free camping spots

* nRoute for routing.

I am not completely without satnav support:

* Navman PND

* Garmin Nuvi 40 PND (I use this primarily for the digital speedo that combined with cruise control keeps me legal)

* a 5" screen Android phone

* iPad 1 with Navfree, Maps.me and Galileo (pretty but useless)

I would like to get nRoute, so I can do click and drag multi-point routes, working on the tablet.

The tablet only has a 16GB SSD and currently only 2GB is free. It also has a 64GB SD card.

I have the following software, that I know works, on an external HD so I don't have to download anything using expensive mobile data:

1. TrainingCenter_353.exe
2. MapSource_6156.exe
3. nRoute_276.exe

I will install the software onto the SD card but I suspect some files may be installed on the SSD.

Because my storage is so limited can I:

* trick nRoute to install / run by creating whatever files or Registry entries nRoute looks for and if so, what are they?

* install 1 and 2 and then uninstall 1 and install 3?

I understand from other posts that you can install just Basecamp and then nRoute. Is this so?

Of course another option is go and buy a new or secondhand PC with enough storage but since I have an identical netbook (a handmedown from a friend who was leaving the country) at home ready for future use I'd prefer not to do this.
Merry Christmas!

I think the quickest way to install nRoute is to first install Javawa GMTK. As I recall, it prepares the registry for use with MapSource and nRoute.


Ken in Regina
Hi Andrew, and Merry Christmas,

If all you need is nRoute you can install it directly.

First, you need something like 7Zip or WinZip so you can open the nRoute_276.exe file with the Zip program (it's just a self-extracting archive). Run the "MAIN.msi" file that you find inside the archive and nRoute will install. Doing it that way bypasses the check for previous installation of other Garmin apps. This also works for installing Mapsource "barefoot".

There's really no reason to relocate nRoute. The entire nRoute folder takes about 19MB on my system. Not worth the effort to move it.

Mapsource is bigger but it still only takes about 70MB.

It's maps that are the issue for space. I think Terry's suggestion is the best one. Install JaVaWa's GMTK and I think it lets you relocate the maps onto a different drive, even for Mapsource registry-type maps.

I have never tested nRoute without Mapsource also installed so I don't know if that would work. nRoute seems to have all the Find and routing features you would expect so it could be okay. If space is that much of an issue you could install nRoute and a map or two to see if you can do everything you want. If not, it's easy enough to install Mapsource after the fact.

EDIT: see next post for minimalist installation!

Ken in Regina
I tried it myself. I uninstalled Basecamp, Mapsource, and nRoute from my Surface Pro tablet.

I copied the nRoute_276.exe file to a folder on the desktop of the tablet and used 7zip to extract the files into that folder. Then I right-clicked the MAIN.msi file and selected "Install" (top item in the menu). It appeared to install just fine.

I launched nRoute and it ran fine. I left a couple of registry style maps installed on the tablet for testing. nRoute finds and uses them just fine.

All of this is working without Basecamp or Mapsource installed. nRoute has all the search and routing features you need to use it like a standalone PND.

Next I fired up GMTK and used it to move one of the maps (MetroGuide Canada v5) to the SD card (D: drive). After the move was done, the map files and folder are gone from the SSD (C: drive) and are now located in the new "Maps" folder I created for them on the SD card.

nRoute still finds and uses them just fine.

So there's your minimalist installation option: nRoute installed "barefoot" on the SSD and the maps moved to the SD card.

Although the nRoute installation file is 100MB and you'll need that much to uncompress it, you can get rid of all that installation stuff when you're done. The resulting nRoute folder (C:\Garmin\nRoute) is only 19MB. I wouldn't waste any time trying to move it.

Merry Christmas! (Well, it still is here.)

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