- Download MapSource software updater from Garmin. The version as of December 4, 2007 is 6.13.6, and the trick also works on Map Source version 6.13.5.
Unpack or extract the content of MapSource_6136.exedownloaded using WinRAR.
- From the extracted files, run MAIN.msi or MSMAIN.msi.
Then, run Setup.exe.
Note: The sequence to execute Main.msi and then Setup.exe is important to avoid “Previous MapSource not found!” error.
- Garmin MapSource now installed.
Felix also provided another hack to install Garmin MapSource without CD disc.
- Create a folder named Garmin on local C: drive.
- Inside the C:\Garmin folder, create or rename a file as MapSource.exe.
- Install the MapSouce by running downloaded MapSource installation executable, MapSoruce_XXXX.exe such as MapSource_6156.exe.
Method above proved to work on almost all version of MapSource, including MapSource version 6.15.11 and version 184.108.40.206 Beta.
The trick is useful is you have lost or forgotten the MapSource installation disc and wants to upload and download maps and other data to Garmin GPS receivers, or for GPS addicts who needs Map Source to open files in gdb, mps, gpx and loc formats, create waypoints, routes and tracks; view maps especially free maps; save point, route or track data in gdb, mps, gpx, tab-delimited text and DXF formats; and export waypoint, route and track data directly to Google Earth.
However, if you have any Garmin maps, installing the maps will also install the original and genuine copy of MapSource.
Tip: If free maps is not found or not shown after installed, just install a free authorized base map to MapSource to get all other free maps to show and display in MapSource.