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Free WinFax PRO 10.04 update download available April 25th, 2013
Symantec removed all WinFax PRO related technical documents and files from their Web site and we’ve been receiving emails asking for the password to the WinFax Pro 10.04 update file. Symantec still has the file available for download with password details, you can download the file and password to unzip from here.
IMPORTANT that you must have an English version of WinFax PRO 10.03 before you can update to version 10.04. Do not update other versions or you will have problems with WinFax PRO.
Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and Symantec WinFax PRO April 28th, 2012
Frequently Asked Questions About WinFax PRO.
What happened to WinFax PRO?
The first and original version of WinFax was developed in 1990 by the Canadian company, Delrina. The company was eventually purchased by Symantec in 1996. The last version of WinFax PRO to be developed was version 10 in 2001. Symantec continued to sell WinFax PRO 10 for the next 5 years until it was eventually discontinued in 2006.
Where can I buy WinFax PRO?
WinFax PRO is no longer sold as at the retail level or directly from Symantec. There are some dealers that may have new old stock (NOS) of WinFax PRO. Beware if you purchase any CD-ROM without a manual or original box. There are many counterfeit CD-ROMs being produced, especially for popular discontinued software such as WinFax PRO. We have an article on our site which shows the differences between a real CD-ROM and a fake.
Is there a WinFax PRO upgrade available for Microsoft Windows 8, 7 or Vista?
No upgrade exists for WinFax PRO. WinFax PRO was discontinued by Symantec in 2006, just prior to the official release of Microsoft Vista.
Does WinFax PRO work with Microsoft Windows 7 or 8?
No, any Microsoft Windows operating system developed after Windows XP is not compatible with WinFax PRO. Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, Windows 8 is not compatible with WinFax PRO due to some of the changes made to the operating system.
Can I install WinFax PRO in Windows 7, 8, Vista to have access to my phone books and fax data for later retrieval, printing and viewing?
Yes, it is possible but there are several options in WinFax that can generate errors when operating under these operating systems. We can assist you in moving your existing faxes and phone books from your old PC to your new PC and install WinFax PRO so it can be easily used in Your new operating system. Contact us for rates.
Does WinFax PRO with with Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows XP Mode?
Our initial testing confirms that you can run WinFax PRO in Windows XP mode, but you cannot “share” the WinFax PRO printer driver with Windows 7 applications. We successfully shared the fax modem, (and it was a software based modem) but not the fax printer. This prevents any access from Windows 7 programs to the WinFax printer. Only the applications that are installed within the Windows XP Virtual machine can be used with WinFax to send faxes, you cannot create faxes from within Windows 7 applications. This limits the usability of WinFax in Windows 7. if you require to fax from a Windows 7 application, it will not work. Although, having Windows XP within your Windows 7 operating system saves you the expensive of having another separate computer just to run legacy Windows XP applications such as WinFax. Using WinFax in a virtual machine is not recommended.
Windows XP Mode is a feature that is optional on Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows 7. Windows XP Mode is not available in the Home Premium or Starter Editions of Windows 7. Windows XP Mode option can be downloaded at no additional charge with a qualified version of Windows 7 directly from Microsoft’s Web site here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
Does WinFax PRO work in a virtual machine, such as Oracle’s VM Virtual Box?
Yes, just as Windows XP Mode in Windows 7, WinFax PRO will run properly with a properly configured virtual machine. However, the same restrictions apply as in Windows XP Mode. Only applications within the virtual box are accessible by WinFax PRO. WinFax PRO also requires some processing power to send and receive faxes, so if you are using a Virtual Machine you want to ensure your PC has the available memory and processing power to accomplish this task.
What can I use to replace WinFax PRO now that I am using Windows 7 or Windows 8?
If you’ve replaced an older machine that already had an existing fax modem its likely you’ll also need to purchase and install a fax modem on the new computer. Most newer machines no longer include fax modems as an option and they must be purchased separately. Some older fax modems may not work with the newer operating system such as Windows 7. If you’re using a 64 bit operating system, you’ll need a fax modem that includes 64 bit drivers. If you have only one fax line and require an inexpensive fax modem, we provide a USB Fax Modem that is compatible with both 32 and 64 bit Operating systems for use with FaxTalk FaxCenter Pro, more details here.
Using Adobe Acrobat PDF files with WinFax PRO February 18th, 2011
Here is a possible solution where Adobe Acrobat does not close after attaching PDF files with WinFax PRO
Use of the Acrobat Wrapper:
(Starting with version 8 ) Adobe Reader has changed its behavior when used as a command line tool to print PDF documents. It will no longer close itself after being called with the /t switch. This tool will help you close the Adobe Reader when it has finished printing.
Programs like (WinFax PRO) and a lot of custom built solutions rely on this feature from Adobe Reader.
How does it work?
Most programs that use this feature of Adobe Reader activate it by executing the PrintTo verb on the PDF document they want to print. They do that by calling the ShellExecute API function of the operating system. This tool patches the computers registry database to manipulate the PrintTo verb on PDF documents. Instead of calling the Adobe Reader the verb will activate the wrapper. The wrapper will simply start the original Adobe Reader and close it when it has finished printing.
Rest of details here:
How to determine what version of Microsoft Word 2010 you are using. January 21st, 2011
Since the introduction of the 64 bit operating system, Microsoft released two different versions of Office 2010. A 32 bit version (which is used my most, and is compatible with many of the existing Office add-ons) and the 64 bit version of Office 2010 for use with the newer 64 bit operating systems.
You may have a 64 bit version of Windows (Windows 7 x64) but this does not always indicate that you have a 64 bit version of Office 2010 installed. If you are not sure which version you installed, the following article will describe how you can determine the version you are using.
Why use the 32 bit version of Office 2010 if I have a 64 bit operating system like Windows 7 x64?
The advantage of using the 32 bit version (the default installation, and recommended installation from Microsoft) is that your existing add-ons and templates that are designed specifically for 32 bit operating systems will (or should) continue to work with Office 2010.
The advantage of using the 64 bit version of Office 2010 is that you can utilize more memory and handle larger documents within Office 2010. So, unless you’re normally dealing and working with large files of 2GB or more, Office 2010 64 bit isn’t going to give you any advantage over the 32 bit version.
The following Microsoft Engineering Blog has some good information on this, http://blogs.technet.com/b/office2010/archive/2010/02/23/understanding-64-bit-office.aspx
NOTE: You can’t run mixed 32 bit Office and 64 bit Office 2010 components (side by side). If you install Office 2010 64 bit, all your Office 2010 software will be 64 bit (Outlook 2010, Excel 2010, Word 2010 …) The same is true for the 32 bit version. If you have the 64 bit of Outlook 2010 installed, you must uninstall Outlook 2010 64 bit and install the 32 bit version to install any other Microsoft Office 2010 32 bit applications
If you’re using any of the following software products, you’ll require the 32 bit version of Office 2010.
- Sending fax merges with the FaxTalk Fax Merge requires a 32 bit version of Microsoft Word 2010.
- WinFax PRO with a compatible operating system (Windows XP, 2003) will function with 32 bit Microsoft Office 2010.
- WinFax is not compatible with Outlook 2010 contacts.
- FaxTalk FaxCenter Pro 8, FaxTalk Multiline Server 8 and FaxTalk Messenger Pro 8 require the 32 bit version of Outlook 2010 to use contacts**
** FaxTalk FaxCenter Pro, FaxTalk Multiline Server and FaxTalk Messenger Pro can fax using 64 bit or 32 bit Office 2010 products.
How to determine the version of Microsoft Office 2010 installed
A 64 bit or 32 bit version will be indicated in the dialog box as shown. (32 bit or 64 bit will appear after the version information)
This is a question we get quite often, there are many manufacturers (HP, Dell, Brother, Canon & Lexmark) that are combining a printer with a fax machine and scanner, these are called MFPs (Multi-function printers) or All-in-One Devices. These are common in small business and home office environments. These printers usually do come with some sort of “fax” software that is bundled when you install the drivers for the printer device. You can use these devices to send and receive faxes through your computer or directly as a stand-alone office fax machine (some even include a telephone handset). Unfortunately, the software that is bundled with these devices are basic and are limited in features. At the least, they usually have the ability to send and receive a fax, keep a records of faxes you’ve sent & received, and have the ability to print your faxes. We’re often asked if you can you use WinFax PRO or other software instead of the primative bundled software? The answer is usually and often No. The hardware & software designed for these multi-function printers are proprietary to the manufactuer, and the drivers included with the printer as specific to that model of printer. These multi-function printers are not considered “Fax Modems” and do not interface with the computer as a standard Class 1 or 2.x fax modem would. This is the reason that WinFax PRO and other fax software do not detect these devices.
You can still use these multi-function printers in conjunction with a fax modem and WinFax PRO. You can use the scanner feature to scan documents, and, of course, to print your faxes.
WinFax PRO and Windows Server 2003/Windows Server 2008 November 23rd, 2009
One of the main components of WinFax PRO is its printer driver, the printer driver allows you to fax from other applications. Without this driver, you cannot send faxes from other applications. WinFax PRO is crippled without the installation of the included printer (WinFax) driver, without it, all you can fax are single cover pages that are built into WinFax.
Windows Server 2003
The first problem with installation of WinFax PRO under Windows 2003 is that the printer driver support in the operating system was moved from kernel to user mode. The reason is that the use of kernel mode printer drivers can possibily cause a server to hang, result in a blue screen and require a reboot. This isn’t something you want happening on a server. Because of this possibility, Microsoft decided to block the installation of all kernel mode printer drivers in Windows 2003. During the installation of WinFax PRO, a kernel mode printer driver (also called version 2 printer driver) is added to your list of installed printers. By default, Windows 2003 won’t allow you to add this printer, and during the installation it is either ignored silently or a printer driver related error message is displayed. Fortunately, in Windows 2003 you can bypass this restriction. You can set a group policy in Windows 2003 to allow the installation of kernel mode printers. Once you’ve done this, you should be able to successfully install WinFax PRO under Windows 2003.
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 does not support Type 2/Kernel Mode printer drivers. While the installation of WinFax (may) appear to complete under Windows 2008, the installation will not include these printer drivers. WinFax PRO is not compatible with this operating system.
WinFax installation does not complete August 11th, 2009
Situation: During the installation of WinFax, or when you reboot your computer, the WinFax PRO configuration wizard setup screen appears. When you are presented with the screen to enter your name, fax number and CSID, the screen disappears or the computer hangs/freezes. You cannot continue the setup, and you cannot start WinFax as the setup is not completed.
These steps apply to Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3, and all versions of WinFax PRO and TalkWorks PRO.
- Click on Install & Setup Tools button.
- Click on Fix Start Up Errors button.
- Click YES, WinFax will automatically close if active.
- Click OK to any messages that appear, until completed.
- Click Fix Entry Problem on the Main WinFax Tools screen.
- Follow the on screen instructions that appear.
- Reboot computer when done.
- If WinFax setup appears, continue with setup. If WinFax Setup does not automatically start, start WinFax Tools, click on Install & Setup Tools button, click Start WTNSETUP button & Continue the WinFax installation.
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Unable to locate the installation log file WFXUNIST.ISU July 20th, 2009
Error message: “Unable to locate the installation log file C:\Program Files\WinFax\WFXUNIST.ISU” during WinFax PRO uninstallation or “WFXUNINST.ISU is missing or corrupt.”
This is an error that causes an uninstall of WinFax PRO to fail. This file is an uninstallation log file that is generated by a third party installation tool called Install Shield. Its automatically generated when you first installed WinFax PRO, so you won’t find this file on the WinFax PRO installation CD ROM. This log file contains all the information and settings that the uninstall program requires to remove WinFax, such as the program folder locations and features that you added or removed during the install process. Read the rest of this entry »
WinFax Error: Cannot open compressed file INSPRINT.LSZ July 19th, 2009
This error message can occur with version 10.0 and higher of WinFax PRO when the computer is configured as a Fax Sharing Host. It is also related to Error Loading CopyUNIDRV, and WinFax PRO detects that DCOM is not available, please install and activate DCOM support message.
This error message can be corrected with WinFax Tools. Click “Install & Setup Tools”, then click “Fix Start Up Errors” option in WinFax Tools.
How to install WinFax with Windows XP July 15th, 2009
This article will help you perform an install or reinstall of WinFax PRO 10 with Windows XP Home edition or Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or Service Pack 3. All versions of WinFax PRO will install under Windows XP (all service packs). With the support of WinFax Tools and this article, you can accomplish an install of WinFax PRO 10 with Windows XP. This article is not for Windows 7, Vista, or any 64 bit Windows operating system including 64 bit Windows XP. WinFax PRO is not compatible with these editions of Windows.
NOTE: If you are using a Windows XP computer that is connected to the internet, We recommend you upgrade your Windows XP to the latest service pack 3, so you have the latest security fixes in Windows XP.
The North American (English) WinFax PRO 10 installation CD-ROM is available in a few different installation releases, they are:
- WinFax PRO 10.0 (old Symantec logo in upper case on setup screen)
- WinFax PRO 10.01 (old Symantec logo in upper case on setup screen)
- WinFax PRO 10.02 (yellow-black logo, white Symantec lowercase on setup screen)
- WinFax PRO 10.03 (yellow-black logo, white Symantec lowercase on setup screen)
Note: WinFax PRO 10.04 is not available on a CD-ROM installation. 10.04 is available as an update file to version 10.03 only. If you have purchased a WinFax PRO 10.04 CD ROM, or a 10.03 WinFax PRO CD ROM with the 10.04 update on it, it is likely you are using a counterfeit CD ROM.
You should first determine what version you are installing, as there are some known issues with specific versions that you should be aware of. This can be accomplished by checking the box packaging, the version is listed on the bar code at the bottom of the box or on the envelope sleeve. You can also check by looking at the installation dates on the installation CD-ROM. You can easily determine if you have WinFax version 10.02 or 10.03 by looking at the Symantec logo in the Setup screen during the installation process. A white Symantec logo is version 10.0 or 10.01, a yellow/black current Symantec logo is version 10.02 or 10.03.
Note: Versions 10.02 and 10.03 versions were modified to handle a specific Windows XP feature called “Fast User Switching“, however, older versions 10.0 and 10.01 will still install and function under Windows XP.
Preparing the installation
1. Log in as an administrator
If not already done so, log in to Windows XP as an administrator, or an account with administrator access. If you have Windows XP fast user switching enabled, make sure no other users are active with programs running in the background. Your Windows XP may automatically log the default user, so if you are not sure if your account has administrator access, you can start WinFax Tools and click the WinFax Info button. This will display if you are logged in as an administrator.
2. Close all active programs
Close all active programs that you can. WinFax has external links (or “hooks”) to several programs, like ACT! 4.0,2000,2004 and Microsoft Office 97-2003. We recommend you close all programs when you install WinFax, especially your Outlook e-mail. In most cases you can leave your antivirus turned on, but if you know how to temporarily turn it off, do so during installation if you are sure your using an ORIGINAL (legitimate) Symantec WinFax PRO CD ROM.
3. Insert WinFax CD-ROM
Insert your WinFax CD ROM. If you have the CD auto-start turned on, you’ll be automatically presented with a WinFax PRO selection screen with several options. Close and exit this screen, since we’ll be launching the installation setup program directly. We don’t need any additional programs active during the installation of WinFax.
4. Manually start the installation setup.exe file
Click Start, Run, click Browse and locate the WinFax folder on the installation CD-ROM , and locate and select the SETUP.EXE in this folder, click Open and OK to start the installation.
If everything goes well, you should see the WinFax setup dialog box like the graphics shown above, and a progress bar that should reach 100%. The setup should prompt you with the Welcome message with an option to Continue. Now, go ahead and complete the installation.
If you’re not so lucky, you’ll be presented with a blank screen and setup does not even start. Don’t try starting Setup.exe again, because if it is stuck, running it again will only cause multiple copies of the same program open, and if you continue trying, you’ll end up with non-responding system (which you’ll eventually have to reboot)
InstallShield fails to start, clicking Setup.exe does nothing
If you get no setup dialog box, and nothing appears to happen when you double-click SETUP.EXE, then you may have a problem with the InstallShield install process. WinFax PRO 10 uses a third-party install and uninstall utility called “InstallShield version 5.5″ to perform the install and uninstall processes. Its possible your InstallShield 5.5 Engine files are corrupt, out-dated, or another program or service that is conflicting with the InstallShield 5.5 startup process.
Try the following steps, proceeding to the next suggestion if the setup does not start.
- Reboot the computer and try starting Windows XP again, but this time press & hold down the SHIFT key while Windows is booting. The SHIFT key being depressed during bootup prevents all startup programs from running. Make sure all programs are closed, especially Outlook and Outlook Express. Now try reinstalling WinFax.
- If that did not help, try to copy the contents of the “WinFax” folder on the installation CD-ROM to a temporary location on the hard drive (like C:\WinFaxInstallImage), then reboot the computer and execute “setup.exe” from that temporary location you just copied the files from the CD ROM to.
- Try temporarily lowering your screen resolution & color depth, to 1024×768 or lower and 256 colors or lower. Yes, as strange as it seems this sometimes can cause InstallShield setup to fail to start properly.
- If this does not help, read this document and update InstallShield 6 Engine files and delete any temporary files as mentioned in this technical document. Follow the steps for version 6.0 InstallShield engine.
- If you tried all the above and you still cannot start the install, we recommend you consult with a technician at the WinFax Forums and they can provide specific instructions you can use with the help of WinFax Tools.
This problem can be resolved with WinFax Tools by pressing the Fix Start up errors button.
This error message, along with the ” WinFax is not active for this User Account. Please start the controller and try again.” error message are both related. They can only occur with version 10.02 and higher of WinFax PRO that is operating in the Windows XP environment. This error does not appear under Windows 2000 or Windows 9x environments, or versions 10.0 or 10.01 of WinFax PRO. To determine the version of WinFax PRO you are using, click “WinFax Info” button in WinFax Tools.
Using two / dual fax modems with WinFax July 13th, 2009
WinFax PRO will support a maximin of 2 modems on a single PC. If you need to have dual modems, I’d recommend ensuring both modems are different, otherwise, you may run into difficulties. Two external controller based modems are best, or one external controller-based and one internal controller-less. You can try two controller-less modems, but make sure they are different models/manufacturers. Never use two softmodem based modems on a single machine, you’re just asking for trouble.
This error message can occur with version 10.02 and higher of WinFax PRO that is operating in the Windows XP environment. It does not appear under Windows 2000 or windows 9x environments, or versions 10.0 or 10.01. To determine the version of WinFax PRO you are using, click “WinFax Info” button in WinFax Tools.
Usually, starting the WinFax Controller may correct this problem, in some scenarios you may need to reboot of the computer. If this does not solve the problem, then your installation of WinFax is likely corrupt and needs repair.
If you continue to encounter this error we recommend using the “Fix Start Up Errors” option in WinFax Tools.
Security flaw found in ActiveX Control used by Symantec's WinFax PRO April 30th, 2009
An important update to all WinFax PRO fax users
UPDATED NEWS : Microsoft releases “ActiveX Killbits” Security Patch for XP February 9th, 2010 (See below)
A security flaw (called a Remote Buffer overflow) with a specific ActiveX Control that is used by WinFax PRO was reported. This type of security flaw is fairly common with ActiveX controls, and effects many programs out there. Recently the same security risks were identified in Facebook & Yahoo Music ActiveX controls. The flaw allows a script (on a Web page that you visit) to execute a program on your computer. When these risks are identified, Microsoft releases a security update to the operating system that fixes these holes. Read the rest of this entry »
WinFax PRO and Outlook 2007, Outlook 2003 January 21st, 2009
Does Outlook 2003 or 2007 Crash when you exit Outlook? Did this problem start after you installed WinFax PRO 10? If so, check to see if you have “WinFax Logs” linked in Outlook 2003 or 2007.
Note that Outlook 2007 is not compatible with WinFax PRO – you cannot use Outlook 2007 contacts with WinFax, and the fixes noted below do not resolve phonebook/contact compatibility issues with Outlook 2007 and WinFax PRO
There are three solutions to this problem Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve recently upgraded or installed updates for your Windows XP computer that included one or more of the following; Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 7, Service Pack 2, or Service Pack 3, or any Security Updates and you use WinFax (WinFax PRO versions 10, 9, 8 or TalkWorks PRO 2,3), you may have encountered a problem entering fax numbers in a WinFax phonebook. You may have also encountered various problems (dialog boxes disappearing, closing, General Protection Faults) during the installation or setup of WinFax - such as, entering a fax number, an IP address, dialing settings, area codes, passwords, or CSID (Caller Station Identifer). Read the rest of this entry »
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