Sunday, November 15, 2009

How to use MasterCook 9 in Windows 7

To set up MasterCook under Windows 7 on a machine that does not support using XP mode follow these setup directions:
1. Set the UAC slider to the minimum. To do this select Control Panel, User Accounts, Change User Account Control Settings, and drag the slider to Never notify
2. Follow the set up directions for MasterCook and Vista[i]:
3. The web import toolbar does NOT work in Internet Explorer. However, there is an add on for Firefox that works great in Windows 7:
Download and install this add on.
4. Create a desktop shortcut to Firefox.exe.

To use web import:
1. When you want to import a recipe from the web, select the desktop shortcut to Firefox, right click it, and run as administrator.
2. In Firefox select view, toolbars, make sure that there is a checkmark by RecipeFox.
3. In Firefox on the RecipeFox toolbar, select Show Recipes, and New.
4. From here most features work just like the MasterCook toolbar in Internet Explorer. To get an image, right click on it and select Copy Image Location and click Image URL on the RecipeFox window.
5. When you done select Export Them, MasterCook. MasterCook will open just like it used to in XP, and ask where to put it. You are done!

[i] These are the set up directions for MasterCook and Vista from that site:
1. Installation
1. Make sure you are using a Vista user account with administrator privileges.
2. Just before installing, DISABLE antivirus and other running programs. Failing to disable the virus scanner and closing all running programs often causes a corrupt installation when these types of programs are left running and able to interfere. (Oftentimes this won't be evident until you start using the program, and it acts quirky and unusual.) It's happened to many and is easily avoided. It's best to follow the advice of the installer to CLOSE ALL RUNNING PROGRAMS prior to installing. (You may wish to disconnect from the internet while your virus scanner is disabled.)
3. Allow MasterCook to install in its default folder in Program Files.
4. RESTART your computer.
5. BEFORE USING MasterCook: In order for MasterCook to function correctly with Vista you must adjust permission for TWO THINGS: (a) for the program's shortcut icon and (b) the program's installation folder. -- YOU MUST DO BOTH!! In Vista, unlike in XP, even users with administrator privileges are treated as regular users and cannot write directly to Program Files folder (the write process appears to succeed, but changes are made to files in the user's VirtualStore folder instead of the basic folder in Program Files).
(a) PROGRAM'S SHORTCUT ICON: Right-click the shortcut for MasterCook on the desktop. On the Properties menu, Compatibility tab, checkmark only the box at the bottom to "Run this program as an administrator." Click Apply and OK.
(b) PROGRAM'S INSTALLATION FOLDER: Use Windows Explorer or My Computer and go to the MasterCook folder in your Program Files folder. Highlight the MasterCook folder, right-click, and choose Properties. On the Security tab, click the Edit button. In the next window that opens highlight: Users (computername\Users). In the lower section check the box "Full Control" and then click on apply. You should now see a window updating the security for all files in the MasterCook folder.
ADDITIONALLY: Don't forget to adjust permissions and security for other user accounts as necessary for your setup.
6. IF you used MasterCook before changing privileges: Ideally, you would change privileges before ever using MasterCook (or doing anything else with its folders). If you don't, Vista will set up folders/files in the user's VirtualStore folder for any changes, including cookbook files. So, when you go to back up your files, the VirtualStore folder is where you'd find the latest version of your personalized cookbooks. You'll want to move them (FILES) out of this folder and into the MasterCook subfolders on your computer. Do this when MasterCook is NOT running.
IF you ran MasterCook before checkmarking "run as administrator", be sure to look and see whether you have any files in a VirtualStore folder. The AppData folder is hidden so you have to adjust Folder Options to show hidden files then go to: