National Burial Index
Running NBI 2 in Windows Vista or Windows 7
Although the NBI Viewer program wasn't designed to run under Windows Vista or 7, you may find the following notes helpful.
Running the Program
One of Vista's features is increased security protection. User Account Control is now the default, this effectively runs a user's account in a reduced authorisation level, in contrast to full Administrator rights which was the default under XP.
Usually the installation goes smoothly, but when you attempt to run the program you get an error "Network initialisation failed. File or directory does not exist. File C:\PDOXUSRS.NET. Permission denied. Directory: C:\". This is because the program is attempting to write a small temporary file to the root folder of Drive C:, which is now disallowed.
However, in Windows Vista there's a new feature that allows you to provide administrator access on a program-by-program basis. This is on the 'Properties' dialogue for each program, which can be found from various places on your computer. One of these is from the 'Start' button: locate the menu option for the NBI Viewer, (or you can use the Desktop icon). Right-click on this with your mouse and from the pop-up menu select 'Properties'. From the Properties dialogue, go to the 'Compatibility' tab (left). In the 'Privilege Level' section towards the bottom, click the checkbox labelled "Run this program as an administrator". Then click the OK button. This will now always run the NBI in Administrator mode. As the program starts you will see a pop-up box entitled "User Account Control" - just click "allow" for the program to load successfully. Note that if the checkbox in the Properties dialogue (left) was greyed with a tick in it, you already have administrator privileges throughout the whole system.
There is another, slightly more complicated way of setting up the NBI such that it can be run without Administrator rights. Please email if you need details.
The Help Files
Windows help files in the .hlp format as used in the NBI are no longer supported by Vista straight out of the box, so you'll now get a message to that effect when you click on the program help. Microsoft recognises the problem, and a viewer for these files is now available as a download from their website.