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BobCrk

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I purchased the Radio Shack Pro 197 and the 20-047 usb programming cable Feb 2010. At the time I was using Win XP. I had gotten comfortable with programming using Win500. I have recently started to listen to the scanner again, it has held my last programmed frequencies. I would like to make some changes. I am running Win 7 home premium . My questions are:
what software do I use?
will my 20-047 usb programming cable still work and what drivers do I need to install?
Thanks in advance for any help
Bob C
 

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I would use ARC500 software from Butel. I believe you will be ok with Windows 7 and the cable as the issue started with Windows 8 and the USB to serial drivers.
 

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I purchased the Radio Shack Pro 197 and the 20-047 usb programming cable Feb 2010. At the time I was using Win XP. I had gotten comfortable with programming using Win500. I have recently started to listen to the scanner again, it has held my last programmed frequencies. I would like to make some changes. I am running Win 7 home premium . My questions are:
what software do I use?
will my 20-047 usb programming cable still work and what drivers do I need to install?
Thanks in advance for any help
Bob C
No reason you can't still use Win500 as long as you still have the registration keys. You can download the latest version at this link, and use your original keys:

http://www.starrsoft.com/software/win500/

I used Win500 with Win 7 for many years, and I'm still using Win500 with Win 10, and the drivers for that cable were installed automatically when connect to the computer.

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I am using WIN500 under Windows XP, Windows 7 & Windows 10. I have several cables including the 20-047. It all works.
 

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I would use ARC500 software from Butel. I believe you will be ok with Windows 7 and the cable as the issue started with Windows 8 and the USB to serial drivers.
you will be fine on win7 (i was) and also on win10 should you go there (i did and i am).
 

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I use ARC500 and WIN500 on Windows 10 with no problems. I find ARC500 easier to use than WIN500. I have RS 20-546 cables and they work well with both programs.
 
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