Vista & Windows 7 & Windows 8 Installation



As of now these are the only features of the program I know of that don't work under Vista/Windows 7.

bulletDuring Installation it doesn't create a desktop icon
bulletDuring installation It does not import Original InfoMagic files
bulletThe Help does not work without some help
bulletSometimes the Installer fails on 64 bit machines if  using earlier versions of InfoMagic Extra .  If this happens try installing the Trial Version.  If that works and you are a current owner then Go Here.

Microsoft did not include their Help Facility in Vista and later.  You must download it from their website and install it separately.  To enable InfoMagic Help Go Here to download and install the Help support program.  The version ending in "64" is for 64 bit machines and the one ending in "86" is for common/ordinary/typical/32 bit machines.  If you get the wrong one it just won't work, so there's no risk.  Many pre-Vista programs require this Facility for their Help to work, so you may have already installed it -- after installing InfoMagic, try accessing Help to see.  InfoMagic was written to be intuitive and not require a Help Facility.  Version one did not have Help.

InfoMagic Installation
I recommend method 2, it's far less likely to have problems

Method 1 (the closest to what Microsoft expects and not what I recommend):

Vista/Win7 have made substantial changes to the way programs install.  For me, (with the exceptions listed above) InfoMagic always installs, but as a result of the changes it does not always install completely.  Follow these steps to make sure it installs completely.  These instructions should work for any version of InfoMagic Extra.  These steps only affect the installation package.  Once installation is complete, they have no effect on your Vista/7 setup or the operation of InfoMagic Extra itself. 

  1. Right-Click on the installation package you downloaded (ImagX??.exe).  At the bottom of the display that pops up click Properties.  Use the items indicated below in red & green to configure for installation.  Set to run in XP compatibility mode (if applicable) and as an administrator, and click OK.


  1. Now, Double-Click on the installation package to begin the installation. 
  2. When installation is complete, go to the folder you chose to install the program (if you chose the default it will be C:\Program Files\InfoMagic Extra) and delete the files named InfoMagic.cfg & MagicReminder.cfg. 
  3. You can now start the program.
  4. If you are a previous user go to the Migration instructions below.

Method 2 (this is how I do it):

Because Vista & later drive you crazy being a mother hen to the Program Files folder, I've pretty much abandoned it.  I created my own 'Program Files' folder in my own turf where they leave me alone.  I named it App Files (Stands for Application Files, to avoid confusing it with Program Files).  It's located  here:

C:\Users\[your user name]\App Files

I install my pre-Vista applications in this folder and Vista/Win7/Win8 leave me alone.  Legacy programs like InfoMagic are more likely to work properly installed this way.   This is how/where I have InfoMagic installed. 

Before starting installation go to this location and create the App Files folder and a folder within it named InfoMagic Extra. 

During installation the installer will suggest you install in C:\Program Files.  You will have tell it you don't want this location by using the 'Change Directory' button to point to the InfoMagic Extra folder in your App Files folder.

Change the "Directory" in the illustration above to:

C:\Users\[your user name]\App Files\InfoMagic Extra


If you've already installed without following one of these procedures, it can be a real mess.  Uninstall InfoMagic and reinstall it using Method 2 above. 

Migrating Your Documents From XP/Win98, Etc.

If you've been using InfoMagic Extra on an earlier version of Windows and want to move your documents to the new installation, copy all of the folders in your old InfoMagic Extra folder to this folder if you used Method 1:

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\InfoMagic Extra

Copy only the subfolders -- not the main folder that contains InfoMagic.exe, etc.


If you used Method 2 copy them to:

C:\Users\[your user name]\App Files\InfoMagic Extra



Upgrading From Original InfoMagic

If you've been using Original InfoMagic on Vista/7/8 and want to continue using your original documents you may have to manually copy the subfolders from the Original InfoMagic data folder (default =
     C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\InfoMagic)
to the InfoMagic Extra folder (default =
  C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\InfoMagic Extra). 

Or, if you used installation Method 2 above, copy them to:

C:\Users\[your user name]\App Files\InfoMagic Extra

Copy only the subfolders -- not the main folder that contains InfoMagic.exe, etc.

After the copy is complete, start InfoMagic and use Tools > Convert Documents to Current Format to convert them to Rich Text.

If you encounter problems not discussed here please email me and tell me about them.