Before Garmin went to the "new" map install process several releases ago, I used to download the "whole" map update (2011.10 was the last one like this). Then I would connect my GPS to my 1st PC and run the install. It would unpack all the installation files, install the new maps on my PC for MapSource along with any updates to the MapSource program and finally, update the maps on my GPS over it's slow USB 1.1 interface.
I would then copy the downloaded file to my laptop, connect the GPS and run it again. When it started installing the maps on the laptop for MapSource, I could disconnect the GPS after it was detected so that I didn't have to go through updating the maps again on the GPS.
How do you do that with this "new" installation process?
Right now, I've downloaded the 2011.40 update on my desktop (I selected to update both the PC and the GPS) and also checked the box to leave the installation files on the PC, although, it didn't say where (folder or path) these files would be left. How do I now find and move these installation files on the desktop over to the laptop so I can install the maps there for MapSource without reloading them to the GPS? Will it even work?
I'm trying to save the time of re-downloading from Garmin AND re-loading the maps to the GPS a second time.
I believe the files are located in C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps. I'm not sure if they will work on a different PC though.
When you download from Garmin, you have to check your options to save downloaded files to the PC. My download was saved to "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp\IMG"
You might need to check your folder options in Explorer (Local Settings folder is a hidden folder) and check. You can do this by opening Explorer, select Tools-> Folder Option -> View -> Hidden Files and Folders -> click Show Hidden Files and Folders.
%username% is your user folder.
How do I now find and move these installation files on the desktop over to the laptop so I can install the maps there for MapSource without reloading them to the GPS?
To find the files simply use the windows search feature and search for files modified on 2/16 which are larger than 1gb. Under the advanced tab of the search feature make sure to select system folders & hidden files. That should locate the file.
As far as moving the file to your laptop you can use a thumb drive. 2gb thumb drives cost around $10. Or if your desktop/laptop share a home network you can place the file in a shared folder and then copy it to the laptop.
For XP: "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Temp\IMG"
For VISTA: "C:\USERS\%username%\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG"
For Windows 7: ????
For Mac: ????
Copy IMG (about 2 gig for full N. America) folder to other PC then run "CNNANT2011_40Update.msi".
For Windows 7, the default path was C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps
For Windows 7 the installation files are NOT located at "C:\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps", this is the location of the maps once they are installed only.
Windows 7 you'll find it's the same path as in Vista. The path is C:\USERS\%username%\AppData\Local\Temp\IMG as posted above.
That was all the information I needed. I got the maps installed and unlocked on my laptop.
I guess I can either just delete the IMG folder and it's contents on both PCs or first burn them to a DVD for safe keeping. Of course, I could always just re-download if something happened. I've never had to use the other backup copies of map updates I've burned to DVD. It may not be necessary.
Are there instructions somewhere for this, or did you guys just figure it out on your own? The steps were not intuitive... at least, not to me.
I don't know if the instructions are located anywhere. As for me, I looked around until I figured out how to do it.
Glad it helped you.
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