Microsoft Picture It! 7 / 9 / 10
Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006
Use the new guide!
NEW Guide to install Microsoft Picture It! on Windows 10
I will use the following abbreviations:
Windows 7 -> W7
Windows 10 -> W10
Internet Explorer -> IE
Picture It! -> PI
1) Copy the entire contents of your installation disk to a folder on the Desktop, I called this folder PIDISK.
If the PI installation media is an ISO file, just open it and it will appear and behave like a CD, then follow step 1).
2) Download my ie6setup.exe file from here
and copy it to the folder
replacing the existing file with the same name.
3) At this point we are ready to launch the installation of PI that will finally be successful.
The file to open is setup.exe, it is in PIDISK.
The Library, which exists only in PI 10 and in Digital Image Suite, may not work: you launch it but it does not open.
This typically happens on a fresh clean install of W10 1709 both 32 bit and 64 bit.
Luckily, the fix is very simple, just add an entry (or two) in the Windows registry.
Download and open the file corresponding to your Windows version, authorize its execution, you will be prompted for confirmation two or three times.
For Windows 32 bit: SharedFilesDir 32bit.reg
For Windows 64 bit: SharedFilesDir 64bit.reg
After that the Library will work without having to do anything anymore.
I have modified my ie6setup.exe so that it also makes these corrections.
Important note for owner of Windows 10 1709 32 bit!
From my checks, the installation (without my trick) of PI on W10 1709 32 bit is successful, but it also installs IE6 and this is definitely a bad thing considering that we are now at IE11 and in no way two versions of IE should coexist.
So I recommend using this guide also for the installation on Windows 10 1709 32 bit.
Now all the details!
In tests on W7 with IE8 and on W10 1703 with IE11, PI was installed without problems and without pretending to install IE6.
The impossibility to install PI on W10 1709 64bit, but may be on other versions, is determined by its senseless claim to install IE6 on PCs that already have newer versions.
Probably the reason for this is that in W10 1709 the way in which the IE version is stored in the Windows registry is changed.
I could not find out this difference, otherwise it would have been even simpler:
I would have changed the registry key before starting the installation of PI that would have been successful without pretending to install IE6.
My trick basically does nothing but set up a single Windows registry key at the right time, to make the PI installation program believe that IE6 has been installed successfully, while in reality it was not installed at all.
The key is as follows:
on Windows 64 bit
on Windows 32 bit
This key inserted in the Windows registry has no other function except this one.
At the end of the installation, if desired, it can be deleted.
To accomplish this, just run my ie6setup.exe file and authorize it to run.
My ie6setup.exe file was created starting from this file BAT
then converted to EXE using "Bat To Exe Converter"
How to convert BAT to EXE file on Windows
In case you encounter problems with your antivirus
Your antivirus could prevent you from downloading my EXE file and/or execute it:
if you trust me you can deactivate it for the time required for downloading it and installing PI.
If you do not trust me, create the EXE file yourself starting from the BAT, as explained a few lines above.
However, your antivirus could prevent you from downloading also my BAT file:
if this is the case then download the TXT version here https://goo.gl/oiS6Wr to which you will then change the extension to BAT.