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I think I’m going to end up just using Win 7 x64 as my desktop, and set up a separate Windows 2008 R2 server to run Backup Exec 2010. That was the primary driver for me to use R2 on my desktop: I use Backup Exec which works fine on XP but is not installable on Windows 7.
Haha, thanks ExpertUser 🙂
Yeah, that is an option…but I really like some of the changes they made in 5.2!
It’s kind of a pain to download PMB 5.2 — the link on Sony’s site is a “download manager” that basically verifies you have valid Sony camcorder hardware attached before downloading the real installer.
There are no drivers with PMB — Sony camcorder appears as a regular disk drive in Windows.
Editing the MSI is not enough. I was able to do that so it would install. The problem is the accompanying setup.exe file actually does MORE once the MSI portion is complete. That “more” part is what has got me for now. Unfortunately there’s no way for me to use setup.exe on Windows 2008 R2 because it has its own OS version validation built in. “Compatibilty mode” does not work with it.
I installed the standard PMB 5.2 in Windows 7… With Process Monitor I noticed setup.exe was modifying the registry and other files AFTER the MSI was done. (My “customized” installer only ran the MSI file, as setup.exe was also checking for OS version.)
I exported various Registry keys and also copied various folders from a successful Windows 7 install to try and migrate to Windows 2008 R2……. didn’t work. Argh.
Well I might just stick with PMB 4.2 as that works OK on Windows 2008 R2.
I tried ApplicationVerifier per your instructions and the standard PMB 5.2 installer still seems to “know” it’s really 2008 R2. 🙁
Uh oh, my bad. When I use my “customized” install of PMB 5.2, it fails exactly the same on Win7. I need to re-evaluate what the PMB 5.2 installer does and see if I can find another way to get it to run on Win 2008 R2.
I checked an WIA is already running and set to Automatic. I have tried PMB 5.2 on Win 7 x64 and it works just fine.
Yeah their web site tells you to run updates because they use that as some sort of validation. In reality each PMB version completely removes the prior version when installing.
I have tested multiple scenarios: 2.1 -> 4.2 -> 5.2, 2.1 -> 5.2, and just 5.2 clean (which works after you remove the previous version checks from the MSI).
I do not believe PMB uses WIA to retrieve video from the camcorder.
Note that 2.1 and 4.2 work fine on 2008 R2… it’s just that I want to use 5.2. 🙂
Nero 10 wouldn’t work for me… until I edited several of the MSI files to remove the LaunchCondition. I guess I misunderstood that it worked natively on R2.
Nero 9 is another program that is standing in my way in the quest to use 2008 R2 as a desktop OS. I also figured out that it was the failure to invoke a system restore recovery point that causes the installer to fail.
I guess it’s cool that Nero 10 works, but I wish I could just get Nero 9 to install!