How to Install GoldMine 6.0 in Windows 7

How to Install GoldMine 6.0 in Windows 7
How to Install GoldMine 6.0 in Windows 7

You can still install GoldMine 6.0 on modern PCs running Windows 7 and we are still using GoldMine 6.0 every day.  In this article I teach you how to install GoldMine 6.0 in Windows 7.

Equipment:

  • Dell Optiplex 320 PC running Windows 7
  • Dell PowerEdge 2800 running Windows Server 2003

Software:

Pre-Installation Note: In this tutorial I’m going to assume you have your GoldMine data stored on a network server and that there is a network installation of GoldMine on that server drive.

How to Install GoldMine 6.0 in Windows 7

Step 1: Log into your Windows 7 machine with an administrator account.

If you aren’t in an administrator account you will not be able to install software.  You will be later be warned about this but it’s better to just start out right:

You must be logged in as an administrator to install GoldMine
You must be logged in as an administrator to install GoldMine

Step 2: Insert the installation CD into the machine you are installing.

Step 3: When the AutoPlay window pops up double-click on “Run Setup.exe” Publisher not specified

Double-click on Run Setup.exe
Double-click on Run Setup.exe

If the AutoPlay window does not pop up then you will need to browse in File Explorer to the CD and find the Setup.exe file in the root of the CD and double-click on it.

Step 4: When the User Account Control window pops up click the “Yes” button

The screen will turn dark and you’ll get a Windows User Account Control warning.  This is just part of the security features for when programs try to make changes to the hard drive in Windows 7.  Click “Yes.”

Windows 7 User Account Control Window
Click “Yes” to run the GoldMine Installation Program

Step 5: Click on “Install GoldMine Business Contact Manager 6.0” when the install window pops up:

The “Install GoldMine(R) Business Contact Manager 6.0” text will brighten when you hover your cursor over it to show that it is a link.  This has been a bit confusing to me in the past because it is not apparent that is what you are supposed to do.

Click on "Install GoldMine Business Contact Manager 6.0"
Click on “Install GoldMine Business Contact Manager 6.0”

You’ll next see this for a brief period of time:

GoldMine InstallShield Wizard Window Configuring Windows Installer
InstallShield Wizard Window

Then you’ll see the Windows Installer window:

Windows Installer Window-Preparing to Install
Windows Installer Window-Preparing to Install

Step 6: When the “GoldMine Business Contact Manager Installation” window finally pops up click the “Next >” button:

GoldMine Business Contact Manager Installation Welcome Window
GoldMine Business Contact Manager Installation Welcome Window — Click Next

Step 7: Agree to the terms and conditions and then click the “Next >” button

GoldMine End-User License Agreement
GoldMine End-User License Agreement

You will need to click on the radio button next to “I accept the terms and conditions stated above.” and click on the checkboxes to the left of “I am an authorized agent and/or representative of the customer/end-user.” and “I have read the terms and conditions stated above.”  Once you have accepted and checked the boxes the “Next >” button will become active:

GoldMine End-User License Agreement Accepted
GoldMine End-User License Agreement Accepted

Click the “Next >” button.

Step 8: Choose Installation or Upgrade and click the “Next >” button.

GoldMine Installation or Upgrade Window
GoldMine Installation or Upgrade Window

For this illustration we will be installing GoldMine 6.0 for the first time on this machine since I just installed Windows 7.  Your experience will deviate from what I describe going forward if you are upgrading.  The option “This is a “New Installation” of GoldMine Business Contact Manager” should be selected by default.  Click the “Next >” button.

Step 9: Select the Data Sharing Options

GoldMine Data Sharing Options Window-Select Shared
GoldMine Data Sharing Options Window-Select Shared

You will need to choose whether you you want to set up a Single user or Shared setup.  In my case the data resides on a Windows 2003 server so I’ll be selecting “Shared, I and other users will have access to this installation”

Step 10: Select the Installation Type

GoldMine Installation Type Server or Workstation - Pick Workstation
GoldMine Installation Type Server or Workstation – Pick Workstation

Now you must select whether that computer is a “server” or a “workstation.”  In my case, since the data is on the Windows 2003 server, this will be a workstation setup.  Select “Workstation, I am setting up a shortcut to the server only.”

Step 11: Select the Existing GoldMine installation on your network

This was a tricky step because the GoldMine 6.0 installation software is so old that it doesn’t even allow you to browse to your network location.  The path you want is the network location where the gmw6.exe file is located on the server where the data is located.

It does have a Browse button but when you click it, it, it only gives you access to the local drive, most likely C, and the CD/DVD drive:

GoldMine Change Current Destination Folder Window
GoldMine Change Current Destination Folder Window

You can still do it by manually typing the network location in the “Folder name:” field:

GoldMine Change Current Destination Folder-Type Network Path
GoldMine Change Current Destination Folder-Type Network Path

Type the windows network path in the following form: \\domain-name\network-drive-name\subfolder-if-necessary\ where the gmw6.exe file is located.  Then click the “Ok” button.

Important Note: You need to access the network drive where GoldMine is installed with an account that has permissions for your goldmine network drive in order to browse to that location and install GoldMine as a Workstation.  I just ran this installation but I ran into issues because I had not given the user right to the Goldmine driver 🙂  This is the error you will get if you do not have permission to use the drive:

Installing Goldmine Windows Cannot Access Network Drive
Installing Goldmine Windows Cannot Access Network Drive

Step 12: Click the “Next >” Button on the “Select Existing GoldMine” window that pops up.

GoldMine 6 Select Existing GoldMine on Network
GoldMine Select Existing GoldMine Installation on your Network

At this point you get another window asking about the Borland Database Engine (BD), with the network path you just typed in.  Leave the path the same and click the “Next >” button.

Step 13: In the “ready to Install the Program” window click the “Install” button.

Ready to Install GoldMine 6.0
Ready to Install GoldMine 6.0

Step 14: Wait for the program to install.

You will get a Status bar showing you the progress as you wait:

GoldMine 6.0 Installation Status Bar
GoldMine 6.0 Installation Status Bar

Step 14: When the “installShield Wizard Completed” window come up you are done.

Click the “Finish” button:

GoldMine Business Contact Manager Installation-InstallShield Wizard Completed
GoldMine Installation Complete

Step 15: Close the CD Installation menu window.

When you are done installing the CD Installation menu will be on top of the GoldMine login window:

GoldMine Autorun CD Window Hiding Login Window
The CD Autorun Window is Hiding the GoldMine Login Window

Click the “Exit” button on the bottom right and you can eject the CD and put it away.

Step 16: Cancel the running of the program.

You want to cancel it because it is running locally, but you want to run the copy that is on the server.

GoldMine Business Contact Manager Login Window
Click “Cancel” Because It is Running Locally

Step 17: Browse to the network location and make a shortcut of the gmw6.exe file on your local machine.

Then you will run this shortcut from now on.  You may need to type the server path in the “Search programs and files” field of the Start menu.  Right click and drag the file to your desktop and create a shortcut.

Creating Server Copy of GoldMine exe on Desktop
Right-Click and Drag and Drop a Copy on the Desktop

Delete the other GoldMine icon and rename the shortcut “GoldMine 6.0.”  Now you can run GoldMine 6.0 and log in!

 

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2 Comments

  • I tried your solution but after logging into the GM screen I get a window to select the database. When I select the database I get a message that says contact set files NOT found in g:\goldmine\company\

    • Thanks for the question Billy. I’m going to take a stab at your problem but I’m not even in the same job where I used to work with GoldMine so I don’t have access to the software anymore. Did you follow my instructions as to how to use the “network path” versus the local path of, say your mapped drive at e: or some other letter? It could be that GoldMine needs to be run via a shortcut that is formed with the network address. Does that help? I’m specifically referring to Step 11.

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