Installing ProShow on Windows 7

ProShow Gold, ProShow Producer

In most cases, you can install ProShow on Windows 7 without any additional steps. Download and install ProShow as you normally would. In rare situations, you may need to take a couple extra steps to ensure a good installation. These steps are listed below.

There are four key steps to ensuring a successful installation under Windows 7.

  1. Start with a clean installation
  2. Use the latest release
  3. Install ProShow as an administrator
  4. Run ProShow the first time as an administrator

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Start With a Clean Installation

If you’ve had ProShow installed on this computer before, uninstall it before you start. This will help ensure that Windows sets the right permissions when you install in the next few steps.

  1. Click on Start and go to the Control Panel link on the right.
  2. Find the Programs option, and click on Uninstall a program.
  3. A list of your computer’s software is displayed. You can scroll down through this list until you locate Photodex Presenter. Right-click on Presenter and choose Uninstall/Change.
  4. The User Account Control will ask for your permission, click Continue. When ProShow asks you whether you’re sure you want to uninstall, click Yes.
  5. Perform the same Right-click / Uninstall action on the ProShow software in this Programs list. Once both ProShow and Presenter have been successfully uninstalled, you can close the Control Panel window.

Step 2: Use the Latest Release

Windows 7 was released on October 22, 2009. We’ve tested ProShow 4.0.2549 (the version of ProShow that was current at that time) with Windows 7, but earlier versions may not be supported. To ensure that you’ve got the most compatible version, be sure to use the latest version available.

  1. Go to the Product section of the Photodex website, and follow the link for either ProShow Gold or Producer.
  2. When you click the download button on the Photodex website, Internet Explorer asks you what you want to do with the file. Please click the Save button.
  3. By default, Windows suggests saving files into the Downloads folder, but it’s easier to find the installation file if you save it to the Desktop instead. Choose the Desktop as the target location, and then click the Save button.
  4. Once the download has completed, Click the Close button, and close all Internet Explorer windows.

Step 3: Install ProShow as an Administrator

    1. Right click on the file you just saved, and choose Run as Administrator.

  1. Proceed through the instructions to install ProShow.


Step 4: Run ProShow for the First Time as an Administrator

When ProShow is opened for the first time, it performs a number of steps to initialize itself for your computer. To ensure this all goes smoothly, you should run ProShow as an administrator the first time you open it.

    1. Right click on the shortcut for ProShow (either on your Desktop or in the Start Menu), and choose Run as Administrator.

If you are a registered user of ProShow, or if you purchase ProShow at a later time, you’ll want to Run as Administrator when you enter your registration keys to ensure that ProShow can properly save your registration information.

  1. Right click on the shortcut for ProShow (either on your Desktop or in the Start Menu), and choose Run as Administrator.
  2. Click the Activate Registration button on the Evaluation screen when ProShow starts.
  3. Enter your registration information which was sent to you when you purchased the software. Click Activate.

Once you’ve run as an administrator the first time and successfully entered your registration key, you can run ProShow normally by just double-clicking on the icon. You do not need to run as an administrator every time.