Thanks Guys! Part 2: Vista 64 Work-Arounds
A very dear friend of mine, Susan Mast, recently purchased a second Klic-N-Kut to help increase production of embellishments for her mini-album kit business. The only problem is that her husband’s new computer, which she planned to use, had Vista 64 installed. Her husband works for Go Daddy and and is far more knowledgable about computers and has better resources than I do. He posted a response to my initial blog about the Vista 64 issue. Here’s what he said:
After many hours trying to find a solution to this problem I have found one that is so simple it makes me mad I spent so many hours trying to figure it out.
When you boot you system in Windows Vista 64 Bit if you Hit F8 it will bring up the advance boot options. Here is what I found on the Microsoft Developers website:
“Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista support the F8 Advanced Boot Option — “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” — that disables load-time signature enforcement for a kernel-mode driver only for the current system session. This setting does not persist across system restarts”
This basically means you just need to reboot you PC select the “Disable Driver Signature Enforcement” option and install the driver.
It works, I have tested it and have run a test cut.
Also note if you boot your computer and forget to do this the driver will again not work, and you will have to reboot and disable it again.
The article also mentions a registry edit if you want to brave those waters.
Hope this helps all of you out there, having the same problem.
Chad later notified me that because of the hassle of doing this, he ended up installing a second version of Windows on their computer… an earlier version, so that they could install the driver without having to deal with this each time they started up the computer. This may be the best option for those with the 8″ Graphtec cutters (Craft Robo, Silhouette, and Wishblade) since the earlier method hasn’t been successfully used by any of those owners to my knowledge.
I will update this post as I receive more information and updates. This is all outside my realm of expertise, so I greatly appreciate it when someone emails me or posts about this topic. Thanks, Guys!
Update #1: Terry N emailed me to let me know that Quickutz plans to have a Vista64 driver available to their Silhouette owners by the end of January. That’s great news!