As you have may know from reading my review of My Movies 3 I was a big fan of the My Moves software and the functionality it provides. A few days ago My Moves 4 was released and I thought I would take the plunge and upgrade. That is where all my problems began.
To upgrade my software I first went to the My Moves website where I could find the installer. Under their download section they had a link to the My Movies 4 installer for Windows 7 (which is what my main computer is) so I downloaded that one. After it downloaded I clicked install and it went on its merry way. After a few minutes it finished. The next step is to start the collection management part of My Movies so that it can upgrade the database. This was quick and proceeded without any warnings or errors.
Next I have to go and upgrade all the rest of my computers so they can also access the movies database. So next I upgrade my HTPC, and the computer in my kitchen. These are also Windows 7 machines so they did not have a problem. Next, I tried to upgrade my wife’s computer, and this is where I first ran into trouble.
As soon as I clicked on the installer it gave me an error saying that I must have Windows 7. I thought, okay I need to go find the Vista installer. However, after searching the My Movies website I found that their is no Vista installer for My Moves 4. Uh Oh, This means my Wife’s and my kids computers cannot have My Moves 4 unless I pay $100 each to upgrade them to Windows 7, which I’m not going to do.
So my next thought is that I will just downgrade back to My Moves 3 and we will have to live without the new features of My Moves 4. Not a big deal. So I go out to the My Movies forum and look for instructions on downgrading the database from 4 to 3. I could not find any so I started a new thread asking for instructions. The response I got made my heart sink. Apparently the database cannot be downgraded and I am stuck using the My Moves 4 database. My only recourse is to upgrade my computers to Windows 7, redo my movies database from scratch (about 600 movies), or keep my wife and my kids from watching movies on their computers.
So my warning to you is, Avoid My Movies 4, unless all your computers have Windows 7 SP1. Yes I said SP1, it is not good enough to just have Windows 7, you must also have Service Pack 1. Apparently their is some new feature in Windows 7 SP1 that My Movies 4 cannot live without, I don’t buy it, but that is what they claim. What kind of “I can’t live without it” feature would have been introduced in a service pack?
I am also amazed that the software did not have a warning somewhere saying “WARNING: ALL COMPUTERS MUST HAVE WINDOWS 7 OR ELSE THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE MOVIES DATABASE.” This should be a big red, blinking, and making some kind of annoying sound, and make you click OK like 5 times so you don’t skip the warning. This would have saved me a lot of trouble.
I think it is fairly reasonable to expect that most people are going to have a mixed OS network. Not everyone wants, or can afford to upgrade all their computers to the latest OS. I currently have 4 Windows 7, and 2 Vista computers. Since Windows 7 and Vista are almost identical I have never had trouble installing the same version of software on either OS. In fact My Moves 4 is the only software I can think of that requires Windows 7.
So leave me feedback, let me know if you have a mixed OS network in your home, and if you have run into any other software that requires Windows 7 SP1.
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