Icom R8500 Software on Windows 7

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Has anyone been able to get the Icom supplied R-8500 control and programming software running on Windows 7? I cannot get the installation to run with any compatability settings.

Any ideas?
 

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Hey Lindsay,

I also tried but no luck with Win 7 64-bit.

It does however, run fine on a 32 bit install of Win 7.

I ended up reformatting a Win7 machine I use for many of my radios with the 32 bit version of Win7 and found that most software will run just fine.
I originally did not want that as I wanted to be able to use more than 3.x GB of ram but after I changed that machine over to 32 bit, I realized a lot of the older software I was running hardly used any ram anyway so it all worked out very well in the end.

The Icom RS-R8500 software will also run on a 64 bit Win7 machine using the free XP Mode Virtual PC software but I was never a big fan of that as it can be slow to start. It runs okay once loaded up but running the RS-R8500 software directly from a Win7 32 bit install just runs or feels better and you don't need to wait for XP Mode to start up. XP Mode also has limits on the amount of serial or com ports. I think I was able to get up to 8 or 9 serial ports running under XP Mode but that was not enough. I needed 14 or so when I first set it up.

If you have a spare machine laying around that will run Win7 32 bit, set that up and load it up with 3 or 4GB of ram and you should be happy.

I used a couple 4 port serial port cards sold by SIIG (I think) but used Oxford Semi drivers along with a bunch of FTDI based USB serial adapters for over 20 serial ports total and everthing plays together very well.

Has anyone been able to get the Icom supplied R-8500 control and programming software running on Windows 7? I cannot get the installation to run with any compatability settings.

Any ideas?
 

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The Icom software is hardly worth the effort. It's very limited.
I only use it for managing the radio's memories. It also handles resized memory banks correctly unlike some other software out there.

For basic memory bank editing and storage, I'd hardly call it "hardly worth the effort"!
It does everything I need including controlling every feature and setting on the radio although I do not use it for control. I prefer to spin the dials and knobs by hand so the Icom software is only used for memory editing in my case.

I wish Icom would have released the same basic software for the R9000 and R7000 as well. Just to perform memory management on those older receivers would have been fine with me.
 
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