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Which versions of Windows does Intersection Magic support?

Article created: Dec 12 2001, updated: Feb 24 2016

Background:  Intersection Magic is currently in support only mode.  No future upgrades will be released.  The recommended upgrade path is to Crash Magic.  Intersection Magic is written to function in the Microsoft Windows environment. With each new version of Windows comes questions of compatibility. This article describes known compatibility issues under the various versions of Windows.

Status:  Info - functionality description
Keywords:  Windows,XP,2000,3.1,3.11,95,98,ME,Windows ME,Vista,Windows 10, Windows 8,Windows 7
Categories:   *Installation and setup*

Explanation:
Windows 8 / 8.1, Windows 10
Intersection Magic will function correctly on 32-bit versions of these operating systems.  It will not function at all on 64-bit versions of the operating systems.
Pd' Programming recommends upgrading to Crash Magic over other options, such as the two below.
1. Since Microsoft discontinued "XP Mode" after Windows 7, Hyper-V used to virtualize a 32-bit Windows installation
2. It is possible to locate 32-bit versions of Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Windows 7
Intersection Magic will function correctly on 32-bit versions of these operating systems.  It will not function at all on 64-bit versions of the operating systems.
In general, all of the security in prior versions listed below apply to these versions of Windows.
Windows 7, 64-bit includes an option called "XP Mode".  This is a virtual environment that runs in 32-bit mode and can host Intersection Magic.  For more information, see Installing IMW on 64 bit systems.
Windows NT 4.x,Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 Server
Intersection Magic will function correctly. Pd' Programming fully supports use of Intersection Magic using Windows NT v4.x and Windows 2000.
Notes:
  • If the local user has restricted access to files on their local hard disk, special steps must be taken to register the software.
  • If the local user has restricted access to files on their local hard disk, workarounds may be requred to enable map magic to function correctly. Generally, installation of the program by an administrator prevents any problems.
  • Windows XP and Windows Vista introduce new local security issues. For more information, please see: Security Problems in Windows XP
Windows NT 3.5, NT 3.51
Intersection Magic will function correctly. Pd' Programming fully supports use of Intersection Magic using Windows NT v3.x.
Windows 98
Intersection Magic will function correctly. Pd' Programming fully supports use of Intersection Magic using Windows 95 and Windows 98.
Same notes as Windows 95.
Windows 95
Intersection Magic will function correctly. Pd' Programming fully supports use of Intersection Magic using Windows 95 and Windows 98.
Notes:
  • All features related to ODBC are slightly more complex, as 16-bit ODBC must be installed, and Access database structures may note be modified if using Windows 95.
  • The files that hold the geocoding and prefered schematic information are limited to 64k under Windows 95 and Windows 98. This is usually not a problem, but should be noted.
Windows 3.11
Intersection Magic may function correctly. Windows 3.11 is 16-bit. Intersection Magic is also 16-bit, however we have made many adjustments to enable the program to function properly in 32-bit environments, so 16-bit compatibility may have been lost.
Since none of our existing users runs Windows 3.11, it is no longer an officially supported IMW platform.


Solution:
If problems are encountered using the software under a supported operating system, please contact Pd' Programming technical support for assistance.

Notice that Windows ME is missing? That's not an accident. (no pun intended) We have clients using ME, but it is designed as a home system and is not guaranteed to run all aspects of Intersection Magic.
November 18, 2018 4:03AM

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