Running Mira Pro 7 and Mira MX 7 on Windows 7

Note: This document applies to Mira version 7 which is obsolete.

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Overview

This tech note applies only to entry level versions of Mira Pro and Mira MX, and not to the Ultimate Edition version of these applications.

Mira Pro and Mira MX version 7 consist of a base program, Mira Pro or Mira MX, and numerous modules that can be purchased optionally. These options are activated by a license number calculated by the user for the particular modules purchased. This software licensing architecture was developed in the 1990's and is inconsistent with the dual Registry structure of Windows Vista-64 and the subsequent Windows 7, 8, amd 10. Since the last update to Mira Pro 7 and Mira MX 7 was made more than 1/2 year before Windows 7 was released, this tech note describes a workaround that permits Mira Pro 7 and Mira MX 7 to be run under Windows 7. This incompatibility does not apply to Mira Pro Ultimate Edition, Mira MX x64, Mira AL, and Mira AP 7, all of which install and run on both 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. The incompatibility described here will be remedied in the upcoming version 8 of Mira Pro and Mira MX.

To install and run Mira Pro or Mira MX on Windows 7, it must be installed in the Windows XP Mode of the Windows Virtual PC environment built into Windows 7 Professional. Installation is straightforward.

To begin installation, open Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 Pro. Paste the Mira Pro setup program onto the Windows desktop as shown (circled in red at left).

Double click on the setup icon and complete the installation. At the end of the setup, choose the default option to launch Mira Pro 7.

When Mira Pro 7 is run the first time, it opens the "Mira License Registration" dialog as shown at left. You must enter your Mira license number into this dialog. To get the license number, click the "Get a License Number" button to open the "Mira License Information" dialog shown in the next picture, below.

In the Mira License Information dialog, note the "Mira ID Number". Copy the number including the 3 hyphens (19 characters total).
Open your "Mira License Calculator" and paste-in the Mira ID Number. In the "Mira License Calculator", click [Calculate] to get the Mira License number. Copy the Mira License Number (19 characters) and close the "Mira License Information" dialog.

Paste or type the Mira License Number into the "Mira License Registration" dialog and click the [Accept] button. Mira is now registered for use, You will not need to repeat the previous steps to run Mira in the future.

When you run Mira the first time after registration, it shows the "Did you Know" dialog with start-up tips. To disable this feature at start-up, un-check the box at the lower left corner of the "Did you Know" dialog.

Mira sample images and sample scripts are located in the "Mira Pro 7" folder. The location of this folder is shown in the "File > Open" dialog at left. For Mira MX, the folder is "Mira MX 7".

The sample images are located in the "Mira Pro 7/Sample Images" folder. The location of this folder is shown in the "File > Open" dialog at left. For Mira MX, the folder is "Mira MX 7/Sample Images".

The picture at left shows Mira Pro 7 with 4 sample images opened together as an image set. 

 

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