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Can i reinstall map updates without having to pay for it again

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1. If you downloaded the map updates from the garmin website you can download them again free if you need to. However if you downloaded them to your computer you may not need to download them again. Connect your satnav to your computer. On your computer click START, then click GARMIN and then MAPINSTALL. If all these are on your computer the map is probably there and will install to your satnav.

2. If it's not on your computer go to and log into myGarmin. Click on myMaps. You will see the name of the map you downloaded previously and under the word DETAILS.
Click on DETAILS and it will bring you to a page where you have the option to download it again. When you're setting up the download and it says download to your satnav if you click on the dropdown arrow you get the option to install it to your computer, you computer and satnav or just your satnav. If you want to install it to your computer so you can reinstall it to your satnav in future or if it all won't fit on your satnav you can select to download to your computer. When it's downloaded it should automatically give you the option of installing to your satnav. Click yes to install. If it doesn't then follow the details in paragraph 1 above to install it.

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