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Garmin Windows Vista Issue

I have installed my garmin software on my new laptop with a Vista OS. It initially worked but will not open and comes up with an error message "Access was denied when Mapsource tried to read from the registry." Anyone know of a fix? GPS is a Zumo 550

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  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2007

    Windows Vista SUCKS I have the same problem, ........

  • Anonymous Jan 13, 2009

    "run as administrator" worked for me-- seems stupid to have to do this--- vista's been a nightmare with issues as simple as viewing youtube etc.
    i'm giving up and sticking to mac like all my other computers--- heck with garmin, too, for absolute price gouging on inadequate/imprecise map software



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I now this issue, and it's quite easy to work around, right mouse click on the executable and select run as administrator.

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The above did not work for me but this did - download the Mapsource update. Here's the link:

Posted on Dec 09, 2007


I had the same problem with Vista Ultimatre and a new install of Mapsource from the Metroguide North America v8. It would load just after install, but not start up when clicking the program file. I got the update here:

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

You have to do the following :

1) run regedit
2) got to HKCU/software/Garmin/mapsource
3) right click on mapsource and select Permissions
4) Click the Allow full control then OK
5) do the same for HKLM/software/garmin/mapsource

Posted on Oct 29, 2007

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