CNX2 clean install, new computer
I'm finally dragging my sorry butt into the current century, at least as it relates to computers. For years I've been using CNX2 (and formerly CNX) on Windows XP (stop laughing, it's really not that funny), but I'm in the process of replacing my computers with all-new hardware and of course, Windows 7 (64-bit)....Yay! I am so looking forward to the increase in performance.
My question is whether to install CNX2 from my install disc or whether to just download the full current version from the Nikon USA website and type in the product key(s). I have the install discs from both CNX and CNX2 (upgrade), so I have both product keys. My inclination is to download and install the full 2.3.0 version, type in whatever keys are asked for, leaving my install discs out of the process other than allowing me to read the product key off the jewel case. After that I would then download and install the 2.3.4 update. But I thought I should float the question here first, since I'm obviously not the first Nikonian to do this and I've read more than a few horror stories regarding activating Nikon software, although I've never had any such problems.
What say you all?
#1. "RE: CNX2 clean install, new computer" | In response to Reply # 0
DeanAZ Nikonian since 28th Apr 2007Sun 16-Sep-12 12:11 AM
Forget the install disks and use the latest full version from the web. To register you will need both codes handy. Welcome to the 64 bit world. You will see a big improvement.
#3. "RE: CNX2 clean install, new computer" | In response to Reply # 1
Sun 16-Sep-12 02:05 AM
Thanks for confirming the way to go about the install, Dean. I have been putting this process off for a long time, and I've finally managed to break the inertia. Not only was my hardware woefully obsolete, but all my software was multiple generations back of current. This means learning a new OS, Office 2010 (from Office 97 - yikes!), Adobe CS6 from CS3, new contact management, new Quicken and on and on. In fact, CNX2 is one of the very few programs that I won't have to re-learn. I'm rigging out my wife's desktop first, my desktop comes next week, and then finally my laptop. It's a real pain, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. Conversion of old data files to new versions is going to be the worst of it. Know any good Access programmers?
#2. "RE: CNX2 clean install, new computer" | In response to Reply # 0
I agree with Dean. Download and install, forget the disks (except for the activation code). First reason is that the download probably has more recent updates than your disk. You're also right in checking for updates once the new version is installed, up, and running.
Don't know the techs on your new computer, congrats BTW, but if it's running Win 7 then you'll be pleased I'm sure.
#5. "RE: CNX2 clean install, new computer" | In response to Reply # 4
kennoll Nikonian since 07th Feb 2011Sun 16-Sep-12 06:42 AM
I have a desktop runing Win 7 Pro, Intel i5, 16gb RAM, 64 bit. it is a great system. You will be pleased with your setup, the i7 is a monster. It will really get the job done.
Office 2010 is not that much different from '97. Just take it slow in the beginning. All the same things are there just rearranged a little.
I would build the laptop to be the same as the desktop so as not to have different processes/processors depending on platform. At least the operating system and basic apps. My laptop also runs Win 7 Pro, 64 but but runs remote apps such as Camera Control Pro, Helicon Remote, Office 2010, etc. Both have VNX2. The heavy duty apps, PSE10, LR4, CNX2, Office 2010, etc., are on the desktop. I may put Autostitch on the laptop as well for panos.
There's a lot of differences depending on who you talk to re how to work between the desktop and the laptop. The pros here at Nikonians, including yourself, have more experience than I do re photographic processes.
Enjoy the current century. It's not all that bad!