Windows 10 software compatibility

SaucePlz

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I have a client that uses handheld barcode scanners to do stock take. The program used to ingest the captured data does not work on Windows 10. They have kept a separate Windows 7 machine expressly for this purpose, but that is no longer a viable option.
After a bit of searching I found this, which confirmed that Windows 7 is no longer supported.
So, from what I can see, the only options are:
a) acquire new scanners
b) update the software to be Windows 10 compatible (whether that's by looking for another program or updating the existing)

Any other suggestions?
 

Dimpie (COMPUTEK)

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New Scanners? How many we talking here? Im sure Zebra will give then a good deal, knowing what the situation is?

many companies goes through problems like these with incompatible software.
 

SaucePlz

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New Scanners? How many we talking here? Im sure Zebra will give then a good deal, knowing what the situation is?
I don't know the exact figure right now, but around 300 nationally.

many companies goes through problems like these with incompatible software.
Which is why I hoped there was a Win10 ready solution available.

Windows 7 inside a virtual machine via Hyper V
This might be a workaround for now, will do a bit of research and chat to their IT guys.
 

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Where is the data imported into. Should be very easy to replicate this software. I assume it is batch mode scanner?
 

SaucePlz

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Where is the data imported into. Should be very easy to replicate this software. I assume it is batch mode scanner?
Yes, batch mode scanner. MCL Link was just used to dump the scanned barcodes into a text file. That text file is then imported into their in-house software and used from there. So far I can't get Win10 to recognise the device.

After some reading, it seems the main issue is that Win10 replaced Windows Mobile Device Centre which is what MCL Link used to communicate with the device. The scanners themselves are quite old and the new software for Win10 is not backward compatible (that far back anyway).

Side note: Employees are required to use their phones for two-factor auth on work accounts, so as there's already precedent for phones being implemented in the office and after remembering about this thread I quickly bashed together an app to replicate the required functionality, i.e. just read and store barcodes. Although it's quite quick, it's orders of magnitude slower than the actual scanner and I don't think I'll be able to get it there.
 

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Ah WMDC.... I have some software running on WinMobile that uses WMDC to sync. I got it working on Win10 with some workarounds. away for the long weekend but will post a link to thesolution when back. If you in a hurry search for win10 WMDC compatibility. You will find a site that has a orange blue theme from a company that makes scanners. They they have a little installer than fixes the win10 issue. Sorry cant remember the company name now. Worked on a customer win 10 pc. I could connect to win mobile device after running the fix

Edit: https://junipersys.com/index.php/su...ndows-mobile-device-center/wmdc-in-windows-10
 

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Have you tried the scanner on a Linux machine?
 

SaucePlz

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Ah WMDC.... I have some software running on WinMobile that uses WMDC to sync. I got it working on Win10 with some workarounds. away for the long weekend but will post a link to the solution when back. If you in a hurry search for win10 WMDC compatibility. You will find a site that has a orange blue theme from a company that makes scanners. They they have a little installer than fixes the win10 issue. Sorry cant remember the company name now. Worked on a customer win 10 pc. I could connect to win mobile device after running the fix

Edit: https://junipersys.com/index.php/su...ndows-mobile-device-center/wmdc-in-windows-10
Thanks, will take a look.

Have you tried the scanner on a Linux machine?
I have not and I am hesitant to introduce unfamiliar environments, as the people that use these things are not really computer literate, more a case of was told 'click here, drag that there' etc and if possible would rather avoid having to 'train' them on this scary new thing :p
 
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