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    I have a Bernina 180sewing/embroidery, with software and over 76000 embroidery designs. No that I had to have my computer updated to Windows 7 I can't use any of my software, nor embroidery machine nor can I put the designs in my machine. I also have a BabyLock "Emore" and can't transfer designs. I was told that there is nothing that can be done. Does anyone know another answer besides buying a new machine. This is really got me upset. I have backups on CD's and USB's by I can't put them on computer. Hope someone can help. Please send me messages by PM
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    Just wait til you have to use Windows 8!

    Unfortunately, our older technologies are now like the old-timey farmhouse crank phone on the wall compared to the last of the basic cell phones.

    Then when we have to move to the newest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy, it can be major heartache and confusion!
    Just ask your 7 year old grandchild to help you, see how that makes you feel!

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    What a nightmare! I am computer challenged but wonder if you can find an older lap top to run your machines with?

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    Was the old computer running XP? XP is an operating system.

    My dh is a computer whiz, and he has his Windows 8 computer sectioned so that he can switch among operating systems -- including XP. He just logs on to whichever operating system he wants. However, it's not easy to set up a computer to do this. Possibly the Geek Squad at Best Buy could do it for you -- for a price. What might be better is to simply look on Craigslist and other places to see if you can buy an older working computer that still has XP on it.

    In other words, you may not be able to change your software (the designs you have). However, you may still be able to buy a laptop that runs the operating system you need for your designs. You could dedicate that computer to your embroidery.

    Edit: I just did a search on eBay and there are some working laptops there with XP on them. Check "completed listings" to get a good idea of price. I would look for something in the neighborhood of $100 or so.
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    I had to do get a separate computer for my embroidery machine. I have a MAC and my husband has an HP. My machine is a Viking Topaz and the program to use the MAC was in excess of $2,000.00! So I bought an HP lap top, it gets used for my Topaz, and my daughter borrows it from time to time for her work that is not MAC friendly.

    A friend of mine has a grandson that works for a firm that repairs computers - maybe if you talk with an independent repair firm they can hook you up like Prism99's husband has done.

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    If you get Office PRO you can have the XP on it too....like Prism99 was talking about. It is called an auxiliary drive I think. Getting an older laptop with XP works too.

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    I don't know if this applies to your Bernina:
    http://www.fixya.com/support/t522592...am_version_3_0

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    I'm right there with you, my software for my Husqvarna embroidery machine met the same fate. I did as others have suggested and went on ebay and bought a cheap computer with XP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianna77984 View Post
    I have a Bernina 180sewing/embroidery, with software and over 76000 embroidery designs. No that I had to have my computer updated to Windows 7 I can't use any of my software, nor embroidery machine nor can I put the designs in my machine. I also have a BabyLock "Emore" and can't transfer designs. I was told that there is nothing that can be done. Does anyone know another answer besides buying a new machine. This is really got me upset. I have backups on CD's and USB's by I can't put them on computer. Hope someone can help. Please send me messages by PM
    Thanks
    indeed there is something that can be done, and the cheapest route is a used laptop with XP installed. Your software will run in 7 & 8 OS if you have 32bit processor. However the newer computers most all have 64 bit, which is not compatible with the older embroidery softwares. If you have Mac Pro with bootcamp, Win7 Ultimate or Professional...you can partition and install XP in virtual mode...only for emb use-- not to go on line. Tech fee, buying the XP software, etc....that's why you would be better off buying used XP computer. Just use it for your software, not for browsing. Can you see light now? I have - ta da! - 4 XP laptops simply for this very reason...back up for my embroidery. I will not spend thousands for NEW programs. Keep hoping there will be enough protest that Microsoft, or the software makers will eventually create a ' patch' that allows us to use our expensive programs. Off my soapbox now!

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    The only answer is like I am doing. I have an older computer that I just use for my embroidery. For all other "computing" I use a new laptop which I keep updated.

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    This is interesting. I never thought about this problem. I bought a new computer last year with Windows 8 which I don't like. Now I'm wondering if my problem with downloading emb. designs then trying to use them on my emb. mach. is caused by Windows 8. If I download designs onto a flash drive even though they're all on the drive, my emb. mach. won't see all the designs on the drive. I have a Brother PE770. Luckily, I still have the old computer with XP and a really old laptop also with XP.
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    I've kept my old laptop that runs XP because of this kind of thing. Microsoft may not be supporting it anymore but it'll still work, especially when its not for surfing the internet and where you'd have to run the risk of viruses. all of my software now runs on the latest but I have a few old programs so as long as it holds out, i'll keep the old XP
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    This is interesting. I never thought about this problem. I bought a new computer last year with Windows 8 which I don't like. Now I'm wondering if my problem with downloading emb. designs then trying to use them on my emb. mach. is caused by Windows 8. If I download designs onto a flash drive even though they're all on the drive, my emb. mach. won't see all the designs on the drive. I have a Brother PE770. Luckily, I still have the old computer with XP and a really old laptop also with XP.
    It may not be able to see all of the files if you don't have the right software installed. I just installed 5D Pro and EQ onto Win 8.1 and had to do it a few times. It installed but wouldn't open all modules. I had to uninstall and then reinstall. You might check when putting your flash drive in as well, sometimes you get a message popup saying installing drivers for it, let it do it automatically so that it knows what its reading. I almost took 8 back because its such a large learning curve but in a yr or two it'll be mandatory plus I work in the IT field and we will eventually switch to it when all the vendors are compliant with their programs. 8.1 is better than 8 and its free to update to 8.1. Also, Microsoft has some good tutorials for 8 that has helped find things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mermaid View Post
    indeed there is something that can be done, and the cheapest route is a used laptop with XP installed. Your software will run in 7 & 8 OS if you have 32bit processor. However the newer computers most all have 64 bit, which is not compatible with the older embroidery softwares. If you have Mac Pro with bootcamp, Win7 Ultimate or Professional...you can partition and install XP in virtual mode...only for emb use-- not to go on line. Tech fee, buying the XP software, etc....that's why you would be better off buying used XP computer. Just use it for your software, not for browsing. Can you see light now? I have - ta da! - 4 XP laptops simply for this very reason...back up for my embroidery. I will not spend thousands for NEW programs. Keep hoping there will be enough protest that Microsoft, or the software makers will eventually create a ' patch' that allows us to use our expensive programs. Off my soapbox now!
    5D Pro and EQ7 both ran on my older 64 bit. I have a new one that is 64 and had to install/uninstall a few times with rebooting in between to get them to work right. They'd work but some of the modules wouldn't open. Right now its cheap to buy a XP laptop or computer because alot of people think they can't use them because they aren't supported. I'd go with another device instead of partioning the HD.
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    I would try to get an older computer just for your designs. I have a Bernina 185.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianna77984 View Post
    I have a Bernina 180sewing/embroidery, with software and over 76000 embroidery designs. No that I had to have my computer updated to Windows 7 I can't use any of my software, nor embroidery machine nor can I put the designs in my machine. I also have a BabyLock "Emore" and can't transfer designs. I was told that there is nothing that can be done. Does anyone know another answer besides buying a new machine. This is really got me upset. I have backups on CD's and USB's by I can't put them on computer. Hope someone can help. Please send me messages by PM
    Thanks
    Thanks everyone, I have some hope. But now if I remember correctly I had to get a special driver for the Bernina software for XP, and they don't support that any more. But on the one before that I didn't have to. I just can't remember what that one was. Thanks again. will try an old lap top. Have a great day.

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    I'm no computer wiz but I am practical and you have a practical problem. And a darn tough one, too. Microsoft plans the obsolescence into their products which I think should be illegal in some way. IMHO Windows95 was a great OS (operating system). Probably could have used some tweaks, but when XP came out I was thoroughly happy. That OS was the cream of the crop; some 35-40 million personal computers were happily running that program for over 10 years. But when your business model is built on the idea of forcing the public to your product you have to change the product. Anyway, enough of my griping. I think all the advice you're getting about having a separate laptop with XP to run your machines is the best out there. In fact I have a 10 year old laptop available so PM me if you're interested. You have to find a way to use your embroidery machine without replacing it. By the way, that could be what was on the mind of Bernina as well because those machines run for years unless something like this comes along.
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    As I also have older programs for my machines I went with the Pro version of Window 7 which gave me the XP module. Since then I don't think I've gone into the XP mode but maybe once or twice as I'm able to use Embird to transfer my Viking designs onto the floppies. I don't think you're able to use Embird for the Bernina format though but maybe one of these days the companies will come together and not fight each for priority rights but to think of keeping their customers happy and running.
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    Quote Originally Posted by romanojg View Post
    It may not be able to see all of the files if you don't have the right software installed. I just installed 5D Pro and EQ onto Win 8.1 and had to do it a few times. It installed but wouldn't open all modules. I had to uninstall and then reinstall. You might check when putting your flash drive in as well, sometimes you get a message popup saying installing drivers for it, let it do it automatically so that it knows what its reading. I almost took 8 back because its such a large learning curve but in a yr or two it'll be mandatory plus I work in the IT field and we will eventually switch to it when all the vendors are compliant with their programs. 8.1 is better than 8 and its free to update to 8.1. Also, Microsoft has some good tutorials for 8 that has helped find things.
    I think I understand what you're saying but my problem is with my emb. mach. not seeing all the designs on the flash drive. Would Win. 8 affect that? I do have Win 8.1 on my computer. I hate to think I'll have to download them on my laptop with XP. It's slower than Methusala.
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    The same thing happened to me when I had to buy a new computer which came with windows 8. I have been jiggling and working around for a year in order to use my Pfaff 2144 embroidery system. Now they tell me I just have to buy a new at $7000.00. However I wonder how long that would be useable until some device is updated. I don't know what to do.

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    I have a XP laptop I use off-line to run a few older programs I like. Running it off-line means you won't be able to download new patterns, but you can use it for the ones you already have. If you really want to download a new pattern, go on-line just for that and you will minimize catching a virus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieLou View Post
    I think I understand what you're saying but my problem is with my emb. mach. not seeing all the designs on the flash drive. Would Win. 8 affect that? I do have Win 8.1 on my computer. I hate to think I'll have to download them on my laptop with XP. It's slower than Methusala.
    There are possible reasons you cannot see the designs on the flash drive in your machine. The design/designs may be larger than your hoop, or have stray stitches outside the hoop area. Another reason might be too much data for the machine to read. Have you tried transferring only 1 or 2 of your designs to the drive at one time? What does your manual say about stitch count limits when loading into your machine? If your OS was at fault, there would be no readable data..I would think.

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    I am having the same problem. I was told about the only thing I can do is to buy one of the little boxes that you transfer the patterns too or buy a new machine hehe or get an older computer like a windows x or something like that.
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    Prism99 said it all...
    ...buy another smaller, or older computer with THE operating system that is compatible with your Bernina and/or BabyLock, and run it from there exclusively.

    Darn those companies, incl. Bernina, etc. and esp. Microsoft, for building in OBSOLESCENCE with their products. It's all about the money!

    Good luck.
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    I have this same problem but I had to get Windows 8 - GGGGRRRR Such a waste!!!

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