2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 30, 2009 7:49 AM by smcspad

    Installation and Activation Problems with Filemaker Pro 9 Advanced and Windows 7 64-bit OS

    smcspad

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      Installation and Activation Problems with Filemaker Pro 9 Advanced and Windows 7 64-bit OS

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      How can I get FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced to install and run in a Windows 7, 64-bit environment (or in a virtual 32-bit environment on the same machine)? 

       

      Background:

       

      I am a long-time Windows FileMaker user. I recently built a new quad-core PC and installed the Windows 7 Ultimate, 64-bit operating system. I attempted to deactivate FM9 Pro Advanced on my old PC, which used a Windows XP Pro, 32-bit OS. The de-activation process "hung" for several minutes and I never received any indication that the process had succeeded or failed. I finally closed the browser. When I attempted to restart FM9 Pro on the old (XP) computer, it requested that I activate the product. This lead me to believe that the deactivation was successful. (First Mistake!)

       

      I then attempted to install FM9 Pro on the new, 64-bit computer and it appeared to install correctly. However, when I started the program, I did not get an activation screen, nor did I get the normal "handholding" screen that usually comes up by default in a new installation. Instead, Filemaker opened to a full, blank screen. Any attempt to resize the screen or select something from the menu bar causes the application to hang with a "(Not Responding)" message in the title bar.

       

      Next, I attempted to install the software in a virtual PC environment (which is available as a part of Windows 7 Ultimate). It installed, but the activation process failed. The program closes with the following FileMaker error message: "A general activation error has occurred (-103)." This error usually occurrs in a Windows Terminal Services environment.

       

      Even more frustrating, when I went back to my other computer and tried to reactivate FileMaker, I received a message saying "Your grace period has expired," (or similar wording). I am now completely "dead in the water" as far as FileMaker Pro 9 Advanced is concerned.

       

      Strangely enough, FileMaker Pro 8 Advanced DOES install and run correctly in a virtual 32-bit environment on my new computer.

       

      Has FileMaker decided to abandon Windows 64-bit users?

        • 1. Re: Installation and Activation Problems with Filemaker Pro 9 Advanced and Windows 7 64-bit OS
          MikeyG79
            

          I've installed FM10 on multiple Windows Server 2003 x64 systems, and it runs fine.

          It was 32bit, but I've also installed and run 10 on win7 

          • 2. Re: Installation and Activation Problems with Filemaker Pro 9 Advanced and Windows 7 64-bit OS
            smcspad
               Thanks for the info. It appears that FM10 has a better chance of running than FM9 because, apparently, FM10 uses a local activation key rather than a network-based activation. I called FM tech support today and they were very knowledgeable about the problem and offered a solution that I will try this evening. Tech support says that FM9 has many known issues that prevent it from running in a 64-bit environment. However, it should run in a 32-bit virtual XP environment on a Win7 64-bit machine. They provided me product key that will permit a local activation. In theory, this should bypass the check that causes FM to issue the -103 activation error. Once activated, it should run fine in a 32-b environment. I really hope FM decides to officially support 64-bit Win7 installations in the near future, and would be willing to upgrade to FM10 when that happens.