Program Changes on June 2015 Update

RMS Version 8.00N Program Changes on the June 2015 Update


The monthly update disc you receive from BSMGR for RMS contains a current copy of the Christian Books & More® database, new images, music samples and program changes. Remember to run IVDC after installing your update to reflect retail prices changes for your store’s inventory items. When that program completes, you can use IVL to print labels with the new prices.


As a reminder, each month’s update disc also includes a folder titled “Manual” that contains the current RMS manual. The file is in Microsoft Word format, and there is a free Word viewer program in the folder in case you don’t have a copy of Microsoft Word installed on your computer. For your convenience, the RMS program changes on this update are listed below.


AREM:
MOVED ZIP-CODE ON EMAIL 12 SPACES LEFT.
ECATALOG:
ADDED VERSION 8 SCHEDULE SUPPORT.
IVGL:
BACKLIST GROUPING DESC. CHANGE – INSTEAD OF BACKLIST, IT NOW SAYS “STOCK ITEM” FOR A MORE GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF GIFTS, MUSIC ETC.
IVM:
BACKLIST GROUPING DESC. CHANGE – INSTEAD OF BACKLIST, IT NOW SAYS “STOCK ITEM” FOR A MORE GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF GIFTS, MUSIC ETC.
IVML:
COSMETIC – SOME LABELS WERE OFF ON THE DETAIL SCREEN.
LIC:
ADDED SUPPORT FOR VANTIV CREDIT CARD PROCESS.
LMANAGER:
ADDED SUPPORT FOR VANTIV CREDIT CARD PROCESS.
POS:
• ADDED SUPPORT FOR VANTIV CREDIT CARD PROCESS.
• USB CUSTOMER MONITOR – WHEN MAKING A CHANGE TO AN ITEM PREVIOUSLY RUNG UP, IF THE ITEM WAS STILL ON THE USB SCREEN, THE CHANGE WAS NOT SHOWN. WE NOW RE-DISPLAY THE SIX (6) LINE DETAIL.
POSMENU:
POS MODIFIER TYPE DIDN’T ALLOW THE INPUT FOR THE MODIFIER VALUE.
SLCCVN:
NEW PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VANTIV CREDIT CARD.
SLTL:
• IF YOU RAN “PREVIOUS Z-TAPE” WITH AN EMPTY DATA FILE, THE SCREEN WASN’T RESET PROPERLY WHEN YOU WENT BACK TO THE MAIN BSMGR SCREEN.
• TOTAL BY EMPLOYEE DIDN’T WRITE THE CORRECT NUMBERS IN THE REGISTER REPRINT HISTORY FILE.
SYS:
ADDED SUPPORT FOR VANTIV CREDIT CARD PROCESS.
VANPROC:
NEW PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VANTIV CREDIT CARD.
VANDBT:
NEW PROGRAM TO SUPPORT VANTIV DEBIT CARD.


Please contact us if you experience problems installing your update.

Remember, you can view ECN notices and other emailed communications from Bookstore Manager at emails.bsmgr.com.

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Replay of 2015 Users Meeting Webinar

Replay of June 2015 Users Meeting Webinar

We were blessed by the turnout and follow-up questions during yesterday’s users meeting webinar.

If you registered for the webinar, you should have received a follow-up email with a replay link for the event. One complaint we’ve heard is the standard/automatic replay site has no way to jump around in the video (no progress slider).

Whether you registered for the meeting or not, you can now view the webinar on our YouTube channel. Click here to watch the webinar recording.

Please note that the recording of the webinar is automatic. Once we started the webinar, we waited a few minutes to give people time to connect. The link takes you to the point in the recording where we actually began.

Thank you again to everyone that was part of the meeting today, and THANK YOU for the difference each of you is making in your local community!

Your BSMGR Support Team
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Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Microsoft® announced that computers, laptops and tablets with qualifying versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 (sometimes referred to as Windows X) at no charge starting July 29th. Starting on June 1st, many of you may have noticed a new “Get Windows 10” icon by the clock. We want to address the upgrade with you now, so you can make the best decision on when to upgrade.

First, in case you don’t want to read the entire email, our current recommendation is for you to plan on waiting until January 2016 to install the Windows 10 upgrade (assuming we send out a “green light” message between now and then). This email includes information on how to hide the free upgrade from showing on your computers so you (or your staff) don’t accidently upgrade too soon.

Now for a little history on our support for operating systems, our testing plan, details on the upgrade and how to hide the upgrade icon.

Some History on our O/S Upgrade Support:

We first began to license Bookstore Manager to other retailers in 1989. Over the years, we have run on various operating systems including 386/MultiWare, SCO XENIX, SCO UNIX, Novell, LANtastic, Windows for Workgroups for DOS, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 8.1 as well as Windows NT 3.5, NT 4.0, Windows 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012. One challenge we have encountered with the progression from one version of Windows to the next was a lag/delay before all the POS hardware would work properly. While Bookstore Manager Software continued to work as expected on each newly released version, we would sometimes find a commonly used receipt printer, price display unit or multi-feature (Cherry or Logitec) keyboards, Zebra label printers, PS/2 barcode scanners and various serial devices that didn’t have drivers for the new O/S.

Because of the wide range of hardware configurations that have been sold over the years that are capable of running Microsoft Windows, there have been other problems with initial releases of new versions of Windows (and sometimes with Service Packs). In addition to POS hardware driver issues, there have been network communications problems, and even one big Windows update that caused a significant number of computers to no longer boot.

Our Testing Plan for Windows 10:

We plan to download Windows 10 onto a test system in early August to begin testing. Since a support tech will be doing this while also handing normal duties (including support calls and emails), we don’t know exactly how long it will take to do our testing. We will keep a log of which hardware has been tested and will send out a list by the end of October. Since most retailers don’t want to make big changes right before going into the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, we anticipate many will wait until January before installing the upgrade.

When we send out our upgrade report, we will include a list of the hardware we tested with Windows 10. If you are using equipment we didn’t test, please let us know. If it is something we sold in the past, we will do our best to find that specific model so we can test it here. If we’ve never sold it, we will most likely be limited to reports on that hardware being used with Windows 10 that may be found on the Internet.

Windows 10 Upgrade Details:

Here is a summary of information from the Microsoft Windows 10 Upgrade FAQ. You can read it in its entirety by clicking here. Starting July 29, 2015, qualified Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. You have until July 29, 2016 (one year) to take advantage of this offer. If you are still running Windows 8 on a PC, laptop or tablet today, we recommend installing Microsoft’s free upgrade to Windows 8.1 so you can take advantage of the Windows 10 upgrade offer.

Here is a quick chart to show you which version of Windows 10 you will get for free based on the operating system installed when the upgrade is downloaded and installed.

Running Now (From) New Version (To)
Windows 7 Starter Windows 10 Home
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 8.1 Windows 10 Home
Windows 8.1 Pro Windows 10 Pro

How to Hide or Remove the Windows 10 Upgrade Icon:

There are actually a few different approaches you can follow to hide/remove the Windows 10 upgrade icon.

⇒ First, you can change the “behavior” for the icon in the Notifications Area Icon settings. Please note that this approach has been reported as only effective until you log out or restart your computer. Once you log in again, the Windows 10 icon will again show by the clock.

  1. Click Start | Control Panel. In the Control Panel’s search box, enter Notifications Area Icons.
  2. Click on the “Remove icons from notification area (system tray) on the desktop” link.
  3. Next to the “GWX – Get Windows 10” icon, change the behavior to “Hide icon and notifications”
  4. Click the “OK” button

⇒ Second, you can show or hide the icon using the Task Scheduler.

  1. While pressing the Windows key, press the R key, then release both. This opens the Run command window. Type taskschd.msc, then click the OK button.
  2. In the left pane, click to navigate to Microsoft | Windows | Setup | gwx under the Task Scheduler Library.
  3. In the middle pane there should be two entries, named “launchtrayprocess” and “refreshgwxconfig”.
    1. To disable the Windows 10 upgrade notification, right click on each one and click “Disable”.
    2. To enable the Windows 10 upgrade notification (for later on), right click on each one and click “Enable”.
  4. Close Task Scheduler and either log off and log back in, or restart the computer to apply the change. If this is the server (especially for a multi-store setup), please make sure no one else will be impacted by a restart.

⇒ Third, you can change the Task Scheduler using a Windows registry update file available on our web site.

  1. Download the appropriate registry file.
    1. To disable the notification, click here to download the Disable “Get Windows 10” registry modification.
    2. To enable the notification (for later on), click here to download the Enable “Get Windows 10” registry modification.
  2. Save the file to your desktop, then double click the icon to merge the change into your registry. The files are plain text, so you can view what will be changed using Notepad if you so desire.
  3. If prompted, click on “Run” and answer “Yes” (UAC), Yes and OK to make the change.
  4. Once the change is made, you can delete the .reg file.
  5. Restart the computer to apply the change. If this is the server (especially for a multi-store setup), please make sure no one else will be impacted by a restart.

⇒ Finally, you can completely remove the “Get Windows 10” program from your computer by uninstalling the KB3035583 update. Please note that you must be logged in as a local Administrator to do the following.

  1. Click Start | Control Panel. In the Control Panel’s search box, enter Installed Updates
  2. Click on the “View Installed Updates” link.
  3. In the list of updates, find “Update for Microsoft Windows (KB3035583)”.
  4. Click on this update, then click the “Uninstall” button/link at the top of the window.
  5. When that finishes you can hide the update for KB3035583 so it doesn’t show as an available update to re-install.

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Webinar – BSMGR 2015 Users Meeting (Invitation 2)

2015 Users Meeting Webinar Reminder

We’ve had a great response so far, but wanted to send out a quick reminder that our 2015 users meeting webinar is less than a week away. If you haven’t already registered, please take a few seconds to click this link to register.

Here’s the original message…

We are excited to invite you to attend the 2015 Bookstore Manager Users Meeting webinar! This is an opportunity to hear about enhancements and new features that are being added to your system.

Traditionally, we have held our Users Meeting each year at the summer CBA/ICRS conference. In recent years many have found it difficult to attend the show or were caught in the quandary of choosing between multiple simultaneous events at the convention.

To give everyone an opportunity to attend, we hosted our first “webinar” users meeting via the Internet last year. We received a lot of positive feedback to this approach, and look forward to another great time together this year.

As always, we will end the meeting with a customer Q&A time, so register, save the date and bring your questions.

The webinar event will be held on Tuesday, June 9th at 1pm Central time.

Please click here to register for the free Users Meeting webinar.

The registration confirmation page has links to easily add the event to your Google calendar or iCal/Outlook, once you’ve signed up.

 

Your BSMGR Support Team
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