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Archive for March 9th, 2010

End of Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM – Windows Vista Team Blog – The Windows Blog

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/09

Starting 20100713, these products are no longer supported by Microsoft:

  • Windows 2000 (with or without any SP)
  • Windows XP SP2 (XP RTM and SP1 were already “end of support”)
  • Windows Vista RTM

For XP: Upgrade to SP3.
For Vista: Upgrade to SP1 or SP2.

More details: End of Support for Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista RTM – Windows Vista Team Blog – The Windows Blog.

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Windows 7: getting TomTom HOME and my x7500 and to work together

Posted by jpluimers on 2010/03/09

When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from their site, this was the actual link that got downloaded:

This should be version, and when installed, it calls itself “TomTom HOME 2” (while on the site it is advertised as “TomTom HOME”).

After installation, TomTom HOME 2 did not recognize my HTC x7500 PDA.
The reason was that this PDA still had TomTom Navigator 6 on it in ste x7500.
The TomTom download site has TomTom HOME in large print, which in fact is version 2.
In small print, the site tells you that in order to connect to TomTom Navigator 6 on your device, you need  TomTom Home 1.6, which then downloads this file:

This in fact is version (not 1.6!), which on Windows XP used to recognized my HTC x7500 fine.
Well, version installes fine on Windows 7 x64 (which I did not expect it to, since version is from 2007).
Bad thing: at first on Windows 7, it does not recognize my HTC x7500 as a valid TomTom 6 device.
Goog thing: fiddling with the settings on my HTC x7500 (disable the USB-to-PC “advanced network functionality” now causes the x7500 to be recognized in the Windows device manager as “HTC USB Sync” in stead of “Microsoft Windows Mobile Remote Adapter”).
TomTom HOME version understands “HTC USB Sync” and recognizes the x7500 as “HTC-ATHENA” (which is an alias for the x7500), so I’m back in business.

It gets even more odd: this version also started to ask me if I wanted to install the newest version, then suggested to upgrade to the above mentioned version

This is odd, as version was already is installed, and is of no use because it does not support the HTC x7500 either.
Even worse: when you run the setup of again, it suggests to remove the

Go figure…

Then I thought: if this fiddling works for TomTom HOME version, lets try version again.
Surprise:  with the disabled the USB-to-PC “advanced networkfunctionality” on the x7500, TomTom HOME version works too!

It gets even stranger:

TomTom HOME version recognizes free map updates that I should downloads.
TomTom HOME version suggests I buy new maps.

Somehow this whole TomTom HOME thing feels odd…


PS: When I downloaded TomTom HOME 2 from the first download URL above, upon installation, I actually got, which – immediately after installing – asked me if I wanted to upgrade to (currently the actual latest), which in fact can be downloaded here:

So, if that happens to you as well, now you know the direct download path to the currently latest version.

Strange :-)

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