November 28, 2014

Installing Google Pack on Windows 7 Beta

listen Installing Google Pack on Windows 7 Beta

The Google Pack contains all sorts of useful tools for the denizens of the net including the following:

  • Google Chrome Browser
  • Google Earth
  • Google Toolbar for IE
  • Norton Security Scan
  • Spyware Doctor Starter Edition
  • Google Desktop
  • Picasa
  • Google Photos Screensaver
  • Adobe Reader
  • Mozilla Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Google Talk
  • Skype
  • RealPlayer

The problem of course being that if you are using Windows 7 and go to the Google Pack website at http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html you will see the following error: “Google Pack requires Windows XP or Vista”

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Well we wont a little thing keep us from getting our Google Pack goodness on Windows 7.  First we need to do a little impersonation using Firefox.  First go download and install Firefox 3 if you haven’t already installed it at: http://www.getfirefox.com

Once that is setup you need to download the User Agent Switcher plugin at https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/59

Once that is installed open up Firefox

Go to Tools –> User Agent Switcher –> Internet Explorer 7 (Windows Vista)

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Now go to http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html and you will see the error message is gone.  You can now choose which software you want to install.

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Choose which packages you want to install and then click Download Now

You will see a recap of the packages that you have chosen to install and click Agree and Download.

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You will now get a notice that you are about to download Google Updater.exe, click on Save

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Once it is finished downloading navigate to the location of Google Updater.exe.  Right click on the file and left click on Properties.

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On the Properties page click on the Compatibility Tab and under Compatability mode select Run this program in compatibility mode for: and in the dropdown choose Windows Vista

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Click Ok when done.

Double click on the Google Updater executable and then you will be asked to confirm that you want to run the file.

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Confirm by clicking Run. If UAC is still enabled you will get a popup confirming you want to run it. You will now see Google Updater downloading your requested files.

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Once the downloads finish the application will now install the requested software.

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There you go, you can now run Google Updater and Google Pack software on Windows 7.

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