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Garmin Express software

 

For those, who like new stuff. Garmin released new software known as "Garmin Express". Haven't tested it, but according to Garmin:

Garmin Express is your one-stop shop for keeping your nüvi®, zūmo® or dēzl™ up-to-date.

This software is for:

  • Update Maps
  • Garmin Express downloads available map updates to your computer automatically, and alerts you when new maps are ready to install. You can even control download speed and schedules.

  • Transfer Favorites
  • Garmin Express lets you transfer all your favorites from one device to another with one click.

  • Install Voices & Vehicles
  • Browse and install free custom voices and vehicles.

  • Back Up Files
  • Garmin Express makes it easy to back up and restore saved addresses, routes and waypoints to and from your computer.

If you need download there is link to Garmin site:
http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

Looks like improved version of automatic updates software, witch was rather terrible. Maybe this time they got it right.

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Thanks

Thanks for the info.
All software is suspect until it's well tested by users, like us.

Fred

Downloaded and Installed

I will start playing with it later but, if nothing else, it provides an automatic or manual backup and a restore option for your device. How many times have we discussed this?

I manually started the backup and it is running now. 1st note - It does not allow the user to select the backup location.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

just downloaded

And from what I see so far is very good. It will take a little getting used to, but I'll play some more and see what it has to offer. One of the first things I'll see is how well it syncs between two units.

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Trying now.....

Trying now.....

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update

Box Car wrote:

And from what I see so far is very good. It will take a little getting used to, but I'll play some more and see what it has to offer. One of the first things I'll see is how well it syncs between two units.

Update: One of the things I noticed on my 255 is that once Express loads and connects the 255's screen goes blank. Don't see the same blank screen on the 885.

I did notice, and this will be a big help to many is the ability to reload maps.

The navigation is a little strange in that updates, just as web updater only checks for the operating version. You need to go to device and advanced for things such as vehicles and voices.

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Thanks

I am downloading it now and will try it.

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Larry - Nuvi 680, Nuvi 1690, Nuvi 2797LMT

Thanks

Thanks to all you brave souls who are willing to try this stuff out without really knowing, especially given Garmin's history with some of these tools, whether it will work or brick your GPS. Thanks to all of you I will be able to wait quietly for further reports before I decide when and if I should give it a try.

I learned some time ago that it's easy to recognize the pioneers -- they're the ones with the arrows in their backs. twisted So thanks for taking on this task.

this should prove to be

this should prove to be interesting.

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I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

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Thanks.

for testing it out. It helps to know that the software is safe. I am going to try it out.

Come on now

Speed2 wrote:

I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

You really didn't expect Garmin to write it so you could back up to where you wanted AND easily find it?? grin

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Nuvi 650 and 1350.

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Felix Krull wrote:

Thanks to all you brave souls who are willing to try this stuff out without really knowing, especially given Garmin's history with some of these tools, whether it will work or brick your GPS. Thanks to all of you I will be able to wait quietly for further reports before I decide when and if I should give it a try.

I learned some time ago that it's easy to recognize the pioneers -- they're the ones with the arrows in their backs. twisted So thanks for taking on this task.

No guts no glory...come on take the plunge. We'll give you a hand if your Unit catches fire.....clap, clap,clap. twisted

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pwohlrab wrote:
Speed2 wrote:

I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

You really didn't expect Garmin to write it so you could back up to where you wanted AND easily find it?? grin

Maybe not, but I'll tell you something. You try out that software and do what they call a back up. Then look at it, and come back here and tell me what you think of it. Finding it was just one minor thing.

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Backup data

Speed2 wrote:

I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

It may be possible that it doesn't backup data or program files that it can restore from its website when connected to the internet. Just a thought.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

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bear007 wrote:
Speed2 wrote:

I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

It may be possible that it doesn't backup data or program files that it can restore from its website when connected to the internet. Just a thought.

Why would I want that? Why would you want that? It's your poi's and favs it backs-up and some other small file, can't remember what it was. I found the log file and in there it told me where the back-up went.
Didn't go to no Garmin site. Can you imagine how big their server would have to be and the repercussions if it lost your data?

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nüvi®3790LMT nüvi®3590LMT| We do not live in Igloo's, and do not ride to work on snow mobiles

new version

There is a maintenance release on this already. Version 2.0.0 installed this AM and it just updated to 2.0.1.

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Box Car wrote:

There is a maintenance release on this already. Version 2.0.0 installed this AM and it just updated to 2.0.1.

Good to know. Does Garmin know that? Mine is version 2.0.0 and it says i'm up to date...lol

Update
Did a manual d/l and on details in the exe file it still says 2.0.0.

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WHAT DOES

Update 2.0.1 do.

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rthibodaux wrote:

Update 2.0.1 do.

Be brave, if you can find it..d/l and tell us

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Already on their site

Speed2 wrote:
bear007 wrote:
Speed2 wrote:

I like it. Kinda scrolled through it, and if it does exactly as the menu's say, i'll use it. Had to check how the back-up function works and what it backs up. Haven't found where it saved it...lol

Blah.. don't like what it backed up. Its under
C:\Users\your name\Documents\Garmin\Backups\

It may be possible that it doesn't backup data or program files that it can restore from its website when connected to the internet. Just a thought.

Why would I want that? Why would you want that? It's your poi's and favs it backs-up and some other small file, can't remember what it was. I found the log file and in there it told me where the back-up went.
Didn't go to no Garmin site. Can you imagine how big their server would have to be and the repercussions if it lost your data?

I'm not saying they backup anything from your device to their website. I'm saying they already have all the device program and data files for your device on their website and can download them back to your device any time if needed. They only backup the files they can't reproduce. This also would not be a true backup for anyone who choses not to update their devices to the latest firmware. But I am usually at the latest FW and maps on all units so it works for me.

I am just starting some restore tests, I renamed the GPX folder on my nuvi 1450LMT and it restored a new one complete with all files and archives no problem. I'm now renaming a folder at a time and restoring it to see what shows up.

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bear007 wrote:

Why would I want that? Why would you want that? It's your poi's and favs it backs-up and some other small file, can't remember what it was. I found the log file and in there it told me where the back-up went.
Didn't go to no Garmin site. Can you imagine how big their server would have to be and the repercussions if it lost your data?

I'm not saying they backup anything from your device to their website. I'm saying they already have all the device program and data files for your device on their website and can download them back to your device any time if needed. They only backup the files they can't reproduce. This also would not be a true backup for anyone who choses not to update their devices to the latest firmware. But I am usually at the latest FW and maps on all units so it works for me.

I am just starting some restore tests, I renamed the GPX folder on my nuvi 1450LMT and it restored a new one complete with all files and archives no problem. I'm now renaming a folder at a time and restoring it to see what shows up.

I know what you meant, but the back up it does is more of a personal nature, which I do not want on their site. Seems strange to me that, that is what they call a back-up.

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Good catch grzesja

Box Car wrote:

There is a maintenance release on this already. Version 2.0.0 installed this AM and it just updated to 2.0.1.

Off to a positive start, but seriously is anyone really surprised grin

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Nüvi 255W born on 602117815/nüMaps Lifetime North America

Backup / Restore Personal Data Only

Speed2 wrote:

Why would I want that? Why would you want that? It's your poi's and favs it backs-up and some other small file, can't remember what it was. I found the log file and in there it told me where the back-up went.
Didn't go to no Garmin site. Can you imagine how big their server would have to be and the repercussions if it lost your data?

bear007 wrote:

I'm not saying they backup anything from your device to their website. I'm saying they already have all the device program and data files for your device on their website and can download them back to your device any time if needed. They only backup the files they can't reproduce. This also would not be a true backup for anyone who choses not to update their devices to the latest firmware. But I am usually at the latest FW and maps on all units so it works for me.

I am just starting some restore tests, I renamed the GPX folder on my nuvi 1450LMT and it restored a new one complete with all files and archives no problem. I'm now renaming a folder at a time and restoring it to see what shows up.

Speed2 wrote:

I know what you meant, but the back up it does is more of a personal nature, which I do not want on their site. Seems strange to me that, that is what they call a back-up.

Okay, I was hoping, but I was wr...wr...wrong. I could tell you it was the 1st time this year but I don't want you to laugh too hard.

The backup and restore seem to only work for your personal data as Speed2 said. Restore did not reproduce the Garmin, Voices, Vehicles or .System folders. I'm sure glad I had a real backup.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

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bear007 wrote:

The backup and restore seem to only work for your personal data as Speed2 said. Restore did not reproduce the Garmin, Voices, Vehicles or .System folders. I'm sure glad I had a real backup.

There you go laugh out loud

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nüvi®3790LMT nüvi®3590LMT| We do not live in Igloo's, and do not ride to work on snow mobiles

What Exactly Is It?

Is this a replacement or alternative to MyGarmin?

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A mix

diesel wrote:

Is this a replacement or alternative to MyGarmin?

It looks like it will handle MyGarmin and WebUpdater updating or reinstalling maps and FW and can also add vehicles or voices. It also allows you to backup your Favorites (maybe routes too) and restore or transfer them to another unit. It provides a link for all the manuals and FAQs associated with each GPS.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

Downloaded

My GPS is completely updated or so I thought. The updater identified 215 files it is currently downloading. Files appear to be for nuMaps Lifetime North America. It's taking a while too so the file size in total must be pretty big.

Thanks for the info!

Seems okay here so far?!

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sydric wrote:

My GPS is completely updated or so I thought. The updater identified 215 files it is currently downloading. Files appear to be for nuMaps Lifetime North America. It's taking a while too so the file size in total must be pretty big.

For which unit? I had only one new squirrel voice file for the 3590

Ohh Geez, how did that other icon get there?

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So, is it a good thing?

Would you use this program again if you had a choice?

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That is an excellent question

windwalker wrote:

Would you use this program again if you had a choice?

That's an excellent question. I kicked off the program just to try it, and before I knew it, it was reinstalling the 2013.30 NA maps that were already current.
I probably could have avoided the reinstall, but I wanted to see if Express is smart enough to see that I was already at the highest map level. Well, it's not and once the update started, I was afraid to stop it, so I let it finish. (Aside: There went three hours of my life I'll never get back.)
Anyway, the question was, will I use this program again? Part of me says that since the update did go smoothly, and Express now knows that I'm at the latest and greatest release of maps and other s/w, maybe I should just keep using it. On the other hand, I get nervous when things happen automatically, without my expressed written permission (as they say about retransmitting baseball games), so I'm undecided. I'll probably keep it installed until the nex map release in February, then take another look at the process. Also, the program level is 2.0.1.

Phil

By the way, Merry Christmas to everyone here at the Factory.

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Phil in Mentor, Ohio -- Garmin Nuvi 1450

automatically did the 2.0.1 update

Box Car wrote:

There is a maintenance release on this already. Version 2.0.0 installed this AM and it just updated to 2.0.1.

Mine automatically did the 2.0.1 update when I started the computer today.

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Me too.

plunder wrote:

I get nervous when things happen automatically, without my expressed written permission
By the way, Merry Christmas to everyone here at the Factory.

smile

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1490LMT 1450LMT 295w

Thanks for the info

Will download when I have a chance

Might be a good thing

plunder wrote:
windwalker wrote:

Would you use this program again if you had a choice?

That's an excellent question. I kicked off the program just to try it, and before I knew it, it was reinstalling the 2013.30 NA maps that were already current.
I probably could have avoided the reinstall, but I wanted to see if Express is smart enough to see that I was already at the highest map level. Well, it's not and once the update started, I was afraid to stop it, so I let it finish. (Aside: There went three hours of my life I'll never get back.)
Anyway, the question was, will I use this program again? Part of me says that since the update did go smoothly, and Express now knows that I'm at the latest and greatest release of maps and other s/w, maybe I should just keep using it. On the other hand, I get nervous when things happen automatically, without my expressed written permission (as they say about retransmitting baseball games), so I'm undecided. I'll probably keep it installed until the nex map release in February, then take another look at the process. Also, the program level is 2.0.1.

Phil

By the way, Merry Christmas to everyone here at the Factory.

It seems that there was something that wasn't completely updated even though you might have thought it was. So far it doesn't seem like re-installing the current maps has happened to anyone else. So it might be a good Christmas present for you that Express fixed something that you didn't even know was incorrect, maybe. smile

Merry Christmas to all.

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Zumo 665, (2) Nuvi 765Ts & 1450LMT | 2005 Harley Road King, Black Cherry Pearl / Black Pearl

Update

I installed the program this morning and it was version 2.0.0. I connected both my Nuvi 750 and Nuvi 3590 and the only thing needing updating was Jill. That was taken care of with no issues. Both units had been up to date regarding software and firmware a number of weeks age.

At issue now is the updating the program to version 2.0.1. The program stated that an update is available and will be loaded the next time the program is accesses but that is not working. I rebooted the system a few times and loaded the program and still the settings show 2.0.0. SO I guess I am stuck there but the rest of the program works properly.

Express update to 2.0.1 failed

The 2.0.0 installation completed with no problem. When I started Express, it checked for, found and started the update to 2.0.1. That update failed. There was no indication of what the failure was, just a "Update failed" message. Now when I start the program I get a window that gives me only two choices: Uninstall or Exit. Exit just ends the program, Uninstall fails. Uninstalling from the control panel has the same result. Trying to reinstall 2.0.0 from the installation program just hangs.

So, now I'm stuck, at least wrt Express. I'll have to contact Garmin after Christmas to find out how to manually remove it.

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Nuvi 2460

Thanks

tomkk wrote:

The 2.0.0 installation completed with no problem. When I started Express, it checked for, found and started the update to 2.0.1. That update failed. There was no indication of what the failure was, just a "Update failed" message. Now when I start the program I get a window that gives me only two choices: Uninstall or Exit. Exit just ends the program, Uninstall fails. Uninstalling from the control panel has the same result. Trying to reinstall 2.0.0 from the installation program just hangs.

So, now I'm stuck, at least wrt Express. I'll have to contact Garmin after Christmas to find out how to manually remove it.

Thanks for the report. I had no plan to even try installing the software right now but thought that a month of glowing reports and no bad issues might tempt me.

For now, I'll avoid it like the plague. Your news, plus reading that for plunder, it did a complete 2+ hour reinstallation of the current map, is probably going to let me think of this program as I do Lifetime Updater--never install, even if the kinks get worked out.

Regarding your inability to uninstall, I wonder if the free Revo Uninstaller might help:

http://www.revouninstaller.com/revo_uninstaller_free_downloa...

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tomkk wrote:

The 2.0.0 installation completed with no problem. When I started Express, it checked for, found and started the update to 2.0.1. That update failed. There was no indication of what the failure was, just a "Update failed" message.

Which version of Windows are you using? Have you rebooted your system after thw update failed?

You can find more information in the logs which are stored in the %TEMP% directory. They begin with "Garmin_Express_" and have a yyyymmddhhmmss timestamp after that.

I had an installation error 0x80070643 on Windows XP. It happened after the install of .Net 4.0 (needed for Garmin Express). Rebooting and re-installing fixed it. Installs on Windows 7 and 8 went fine.

EDIT: The update to 2.0.1 was problematic on all three versions of Windows. I tried manual updates, stopping/starting the program, rebooting. It said the update would be installed the next time the program was restarted, but it wasn't. Finally it updated (on Windows 8), but I don't know what I did...

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It is much smoother than

It is much smoother than their other software....

I just wish it would also take over for poi loader.

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Weird/Update

Something strange, but not really a biggy happened to me with this new Garmin Express. We all regularly update our units using which ever program we choose. I loaded Garmin express a couple of days ago when it came out. Played with it, and everything was up to date on my 3790 and 3590. Got some squirrel voice for the 3590 but it didn't tell me the 3790 could have it. Again no biggy. My windows 7 had bin acting up and yesterday another program wasn't working right, so i decided to do a reload. I have a ghost file which allows me to be up and running with all my programs with in 15 minutes. What i didn't have was Garmin Express. So i load that, it updates. I plug both my units in. The 3790 is up to date and the 3590 has a map update. HUH? How can that be? I distinctly remember when i got the 3590, that i did all updates on it after a back -up, just like most of us do. I check the map version on my 3790 and it comes up 2013.30. On the 3590 it comes up 2013.10. This unit came with 2013.10. How come it didn't update? Don't know what to make of it. Oh well, guess I better update it. confused

I went onto garmin's web site to see for updates and it told me i was up to date. Go figure. I tried something that normally fails. I let Garmin Express start d/ling the files and I went in and deleted all the maps and the jvc file. It actually completed the update and all says 2013.30, but it didn't give me 2 files i had before. No idea what they are for.
gmapbmap.img and gmapdem.img. I think they are Demographic files. Had to copy them back from my back-up. Also all my map files are a bit smaller, and so is the jcv file. That tells you it doesn't delete these files before it updates.

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grzesja wrote:If you need

grzesja wrote:

If you need download there is link to Garmin site:
http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

URL calls up a blank page for me today, IE9, Chrome and Firefox.

Searched Garmin.com and didn't find one reference to a program named "Express".

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dave817 wrote:
grzesja wrote:

If you need download there is link to Garmin site:
http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

URL calls up a blank page for me today, IE9, Chrome and Firefox.

Searched Garmin.com and didn't find one reference to a program named "Express".

Yep its down and no where to be found.

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Me too....

Speed2 wrote:
dave817 wrote:
grzesja wrote:

If you need download there is link to Garmin site:
http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

URL calls up a blank page for me today, IE9, Chrome and Firefox.

Searched Garmin.com and didn't find one reference to a program named "Express".

Yep its down and no where to be found.

Got it once...then a blank screen...!

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"Backward, turn backward, oh time in your flight, make me a child again, just for tonight."

Re: UpdatesIt seems that

Re: Updates

It seems that the program will go out and check for updates automatically on it's own. I installed the app this morning (it seems to work fine for me) and after about 30 minutes up popped a little icon on the task bar advising there was a update available. Clicked on it and 2.0.1 installed itself.

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"Primum Non Nocere" 2595LMT Clear Channel and Navteq Traffic

Garmin Express SW- Missing in action

Has anyone contacted Garmin regarding the GHOST website for..Garmin Express SW.. confused:

http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

Possibly they took it down because of bugs and/or updates... wink

It appears we need some Beta testers to get back to us with an update... wink

And so it is..

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Thank You Happy & Safe Travels PJGMIG Nuvi 465T

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PJGMIG wrote:

Has anyone contacted Garmin regarding the GHOST website for..Garmin Express SW.. confused:

http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

Possibly they took it down because of bugs and/or updates... wink

It appears we need some Beta testers to get back to us with an update... wink

And so it is..

There's lots of that beta testing, all you have to do is read my post "Weird/Update" Lots of abnormalities
in there for you.

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Garmin Express SW- BUGS ?

Speed2 wrote:
PJGMIG wrote:

Has anyone contacted Garmin regarding the GHOST website for..Garmin Express SW.. confused:

http://software.garmin.com/en-US/express.html

Possibly they took it down because of bugs and/or updates... wink

It appears we need some Beta testers to get back to us with an update... wink

And so it is..

There's lots of that beta testing, all you have to do is read my post "Weird/Update" Lots of abnormalities
in there for you.

Sent an email to GARMIN asking about their latest announcement.. Garmin Express SW and a status on functionality and found/known bugs... as outlined by testers on this forum.

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Thank You Happy & Safe Travels PJGMIG Nuvi 465T

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PJGMIG wrote:

It appears we need some Beta testers

or shall we say guinea pigs grin

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Does it do more than MyGarmin

diesel wrote:

Is this a replacement or alternative to MyGarmin?

Does it do more than MyGarmin and other Garmin software? Otherwise, I would consider it similar to bloatware.

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