I spent a few hours trying to get the 3D Husqvarna Embroidering system installed under Windows Vista. It took a lot of wrestling but here's how I got it to work. Hopefully, with these instructions, you'll find it much easier to do than I did.
Several users has also reported that these instructions work under Windows 7. I've gotten reports from a “Home Edition” user as well as a “64-bit” user. Chances are good that it will work in any version of Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
Step 1 - Install your 3D Embroidery CD
In my case we had the 3D Embroidery 7.0 CD. First, I installed that.
Step 2 - Install the 3D Embroidery 7.25 Upgrade
In order to get to the latest version, I downloaded and installed the 7.25 Upgrade. In case that link goes bad, I found the upgrade by visiting the Husqvarna Downloads Page then clicking the 3D Embroidery System link.
Step 3 - Install the Vista Dongle Patch
In order for the program to work under Windows Vista you'll need to install the Windows Vista Dongle Patch. If that link stops working, I originally found that file on the Husqvarna Downloads Page, but the link on the official page is currently broken. So, use the first link in this paragraph.
When you execute this download it will extract a haspms32.dll file and overwrite your old one (typically in the C:\3dEmbroidery directory). Once that is extracted, this step is complete.
Thanks to Wanda White from Fatbabys Fashions for contacting Husqvarna and getting the correct link to the Vista Dongle Patch.
Step 4 - Install the latest Hasp Dongle Driver
Finally, when staring Embroidery 3D I would get an error of Hasp Driver Not Found or Hasp Driver Not Installed (I don't recall which). To solve that problem I installed the latest version of the Hasp Dongle Driver, which I found on the Husqvarna Other Useful Software page.
Let me install the software for you! The process can be intimidating. Sit back and watch while I do it for you. I'll connect to your computer and install the software remotely. It's just $39 and the payment can be made safely and securely using Amazon after the install is complete. If I cannot install the software for some reason, you owe nothing.
Archive of Old Links
I've recently updated the links on this page. In case they change again, I'm keeping track of the old links below. You never know.
Windows Vista Dongle Patch (the original link is broken but you can replace emnetsoftware.com with vsmsoftware.net and get to it)