The way to get around the Start menu creation errors is to run the installer in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3. To do that, go to the Mentor Graphics CD, and right-click on the "autorun.exe" file -> properties -> compatibility tab -> checkbox for "Run this program in compatibility mode" and select WinXP SP3. The eval for 9.02 worked this way.
It appears that only the PADS installer is hosed with Windows 7.
Here is what I did to fix it:
1) download and unzip as usual
3) find Setup.exe and make a shortcut of it (right-click, create shortcut)
4) do right-click, properties, compatibility on the shortcut
5) select "Windows XP (Service Pack 3)"
6) check "Run this program as an administrator"
7) click "OK"
8) double-click the shortcut
Worked for me.
Yes, basically what you did is what I did...
I had same problems installing it on Windows 7 and found the same solutions.
Now it runs - but it takes very long to start and close the programs.
Anyone else same problems?
9.01 went pretty well like this (administrator, XP mode)
I'm trying to get 9.1 going under Windows 7, 64-bit
9.1 installer throws a couple of errors, then if you try to open a PCB file it complains that CCZData.dll is not available.
Oddly, if you open the powerpcb with the desktop icon, then open the PCB file it works, just not if you double-click on the file.
OK, looks like rebooting fixed the CCZData.dll error.
To associate the files in Windows 7 you can use:
Then you can set up "right-click, Open" to go to PADS Layout and "right-click, Route" to go to PADS Router.
So it looks like PADS 9.1 under Windows 7 64 bit is possible, if a bit sticky to install.
You can also run c:\mentorgraphics\install\install.exe and navigate to the folder where you have unzip PADS9.1