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Troy Wolbrink
on 16 Apr 2013
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Troy Wolbrink
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How do I install DonorWise on Windows 8 or 10?

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As of DonorWise 3.4.13, no workarounds are necessary to install DonorWise.  The installation correctly handles installing the Microsoft .NET framework or Microsoft SQL Server Express when needed.  The "fixer" is no longer necessary to run on Windows 10.

Screenshot of DonorWise on Windows 8!

Here's a screenshot of DonorWise running on Windows 8 (64-bit) using the SQL Server 2005 Express installed by the DonorWise installation:

Recent Comments

By: NickCarter Posted on 24 Mar 2015 3:26 AM

I get the below error trying to install on a windows 8 laptop;

Installing MS SQL server 2005 backward compatibility SP4. Extraction of the installation data has failed, what would you like to do? Download a fresh copy? or try to extract the existing download data again. Either option fails when I try it. What can I do?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 30 Mar 2015 3:28 PM

Hi Nick,

Depending on if your Windows is 32-bit or 64-bit, you should download the appropriate file:



And place it right next to "SetupDonorWise.exe" and restart the installation.


By: Margie Huffman Posted on 25 Aug 2015 7:23 PM

I am trying to install on windows 10 and get the following error:

Runtime error 217 at 05B8BDFD

What is the next step?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 26 Aug 2015 3:51 PM

To install or run DonorWise on Windows 10, you'll need to use "Troy's Google Maps (and Windows 10) Fixer!" available here:

When installing/uninstalling DonorWise, you'll need to first start the Fixer in a special way:  right-click on it and "Run as Administrator".  Normally you should only have to start it as normal for DonorWise to run on Windows 10.  It must be always be running before you start DonorWise.  It's not a one-time fix.


By: Margie Huffman Posted on 21 Oct 2015 5:11 PM

I still am unable to install this software  I am having difficulty with the installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition SP4 - It is not compatable with windows 10?   I get an error as follows:  Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005 SP4 (x64) could not be installed.  Please use WIndows Update to manually install this update on your system.  

DonorWise Setup cannot continue

(Error 1706)

By: benagee Posted on 29 Apr 2016 11:55 AM

Windows 10 Fixer does not appear to be available on any of the links on your site that reference it.  What are my options to get it to work on Windows 10 now?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 2 Jul 2016 4:15 PM

@Margie Huffman, be sure you install the .NET Framework manually first.

@benagee, The Windows 10 Fixer is no longer necessary.  DonorWise 3.4 is compatible with Windows 10.

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