Have your say & ask the experts!

Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

17 replies [Last post]
Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738

Anyone know how to get Google Earth to play with Winblows 8?

I've been trying for two weeks without luck.  Even tried installing Linux on a spare hard disk and using that instead.

Right now I'm madder than Max Mosely finding his home videos posted on Youtube...

cheeseboy's picture
Online
Joined: 17 Jul 2012
Posts: 861
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

what problem are you having? 

chebby's picture
Offline
Joined: 2 Jun 2008
Posts: 15319
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

Google Earth's download page doesn't list Windows 8 under 'system requirements' ...

http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en_uk/earth/download/ge/agree.html

(apparently it isn't supported yet)

This Google users forum thread suggests that people have had success downloading the older 6.2 release from here instead...

http://support.google.com/earth/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=168344

Click on "Google Earth (free version) Direct Installer Links" and select V6.2 for Windows.

__________________

Marantz M-CR603 • Rega R3 loudspeakers • AirPlay • Apple iPad Mini • Apple iPhone 5 • Apple iMac • Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11N • Humax HDR-Fox T2 • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

cheeseboy wrote:

what problem are you having? 

A little window popos up that says:

Windows cannot acces the specified device, path, or file.  You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item.

 

I'll give the older version a whirl...

AnotherJoe's picture
Offline
Joined: 10 Jun 2011
Posts: 783
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

I am running GE 7.0.3.8542 on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit with no problems.

 

As to your error - have you tried running GE as administrator to see if that helps.

__________________

Server Synology 12Bay DS2413+, Synology 8Bay DS1812+, Sky+HD 

Lounge Samsung UE55D9000, Denon DBT-3313, Onkyo TX-NR5009, Tannoy Arena Highline 500 LCR, ACRyan playon!HD mini2 

Reception Samsung UE46C8000, Panasonic BDP310, Sony STR-DA5400ES, KEF2005.3, ACRyan playon!HD mini2 

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

With this and other problems with Winblows 8 (my AtuoCAD won't install, IE10, Firefox and Mozilla keep having those "security certificate" errors, etc. etc. etc.) I'm seriously thinking about going back to Windows 7, or even Vista.  I think these all stem from using an upgrade version rather than a clean install from a system builder version.

Oh, and since I had a spare hard disk already inside the case, I've installed Ubuntu Linux (my particular favorite flavor) on that party time!

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

Linux installed, Google Earth working.

FWIW all the IT guys I've spoken to about upgrading to Winblows 8 reply "You did WHAT???  No wonder you're having problems".

Now, if anyone can point me in the direction of a Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit DVD (I've lost mine, but I do have a licence), that would be great....

cheeseboy's picture
Online
Joined: 17 Jul 2012
Posts: 861
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

http://downloadsnfix.blogspot.nl/2012/08/microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso.html

 

there's some links on there

 

*PLEASE NOTE* these are links to the official microsoft digital river distribution point - ie not dodgy.  Apologies if mods don't feel comfortable with this, please feel free to remove.

cheeseboy's picture
Online
Joined: 17 Jul 2012
Posts: 861
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

http://downloadsnfix.blogspot.nl/2012/08/microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso.html

 

there's some links on there

 

*PLEASE NOTE* these are links to the official microsoft digital river distribution point - ie not dodgy.  Apologies if mods don't feel comfortable with this, please feel free to remove.

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

cheeseboy wrote:

http://downloadsnfix.blogspot.nl/2012/08/microsoft-windows-vista-official-iso.html

 

there's some links on there

 

*PLEASE NOTE* these are links to the official microsoft digital river distribution point - ie not dodgy.  Apologies if mods don't feel comfortable with this, please feel free to remove.

 

Got a rush job to do for thw wife, but if it works I owe you one. beauty, eh

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

Followed your link and successfully downloaded a copy of Windows Vista 64 bit.

Windows 8 is history.party time!

Unfortunately I chose the wrong option and scrubbed the hard disk, so am now re-installing all my software.

A small price to pay for being rid of Windows 8.

I intend to send my Windows 8 package back to Microsoft telling themwhat a pile of poo it is and asking for either a Windows 7 or Office 2007 upgrade in exchange.  I'll let you know how that one works out.

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

party time! party time! party time!

Windows Vista re-installed.woohoo!

AutoCAD 2010 is working again.woohoo!

Google Earth is working again woohoo!

I'm pretty sure MS Office 2010 will once I buy another licence.  OpenOfffice will do for now.  Being a Microsoft product that only desrves half a woohoo!

Now all I've got to do is find  my Mathcad DVD and get hold of a pre-98 MS Project Installation Disc and I'm back in business.

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

Well.

That's not surprising. 

Had-to re-install Windows 8 to get Office 365 working.  So this ti,e I did a fll install from a reformatted disk all the way through, and everything (so far) seems to work just fine.  Google Earth works, AutoCAD works, the whole shebang.

Conclusion - don't buy upgrade versions, spend the extra twenty quid and buy the full version.Angry

fr0g's picture
Offline
Joined: 7 Jan 2008
Posts: 2876
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

Upgrade versions "are" full versions.

 

And Windows 8 is a far better OS than Vista, which along with ME is the worst MS have released.

The start screen takes some getting used to but it's quicker to boot, quicker to run and more secure.

 

__________________

“Out beyond ideas of wrong and  right, there is a field.

I'll meet you there."

 

 

chebby's picture
Offline
Joined: 2 Jun 2008
Posts: 15319
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?
__________________

Marantz M-CR603 • Rega R3 loudspeakers • AirPlay • Apple iPad Mini • Apple iPhone 5 • Apple iMac • Apple AirPort Extreme 802.11N • Humax HDR-Fox T2 • Panasonic TX-L32D25B • Sony BDP-S390

Benedict_Arnold's picture
Offline
Joined: 16 Jan 2013
Posts: 738
RE: Google Earth and Windows 8 64-bit?

After installing the "upgrade" version of Winblows 8 over Vista, then getting hacked off because nothing worked properly, last week we upgraded the wife's entire business (well, ten PCs anyway) to MS Office 365. 

So I had to go back to Windows 8.  This time I took the original Windows Vista boot disk and hid it away, bought a new hard disk and did a clean install. 

Result?  Google Earth works, AutoCAD 2010 works,  MS Office 365 is brilliant value for money considering it works out at just 20 Dollars a year per device (at home), more for the business versions. 

And apart from those annoying things some nerds in Microsoft were "brilliant", or "fab" or whatever nerds say these days, which the nerds forgot to test on people who actually go outdoors once in a while and date real girls and stuff like that, it's pretty good.  Microsoft does have a habit of straying way off the "if it ain't broke don't mend it" philosophy, and I, for one, would wish they just speeded things up, added new stuff and didn't b*gger about with the menus and buttons we've only just mastered after the previous release.  It's likme Ford coming out with a car with steering pedals instead of a steering wheel, every flipping time they release a new version.

It does boot faster than Vista (mine was Vista SP2, which is pretty close to being 7 anyway), 7 (possibly).  I'm looking forward to the de-nerding or "coke moment" Service Pack, however....