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Help and File Issues in Windows 7 & 8:


  1. Attempting to use Help results in a Windows error message.

    Solution: follow Step 8 in the list to the left.

  2. Double-clicking a MnPAVE (.mpv) file will open the MnPAVE program, but not the saved file.

    Use the "File" menu or the Folder icon at the top left of the MnPAVE window to open saved files.

    Solution 2: Open MnPAVE and drag the file onto the MnPAVE Window.



Please report other issues to bruce.tanquist@state.mn.us


To install MnPAVE or PaveCool on a Windows 7 64-bit computer, follow these steps:


  1. Right-Click the installation file and select: Troubleshoot compatibility
  2. Click: Try recommended settings
  3. Click: Start the program
  4. Follow installation steps
  5. Start the installed program to make sure it works
  6. Click: Yes, save these settings for this program
  7. Click: Close the troubleshooter
  8. To use Help in MnPAVE and PaveCool, Install the Windows Help program for Windows 7: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=91


Alternate Installation Method:


1. Locate the application below, download the three files and put them in the same folder.

2. In the folder, right-click on "MnPAVE.exe", "CoolTool.exe" or "CoolToolF.exe" and select "Copy"

3. Right-click on your desktop and select "Paste Shortcut"

4. To use Help in Windows 7, refer to Step 8 above.


Download Files

Right-Click on each link and select "Save Link As" or "Save Target As"



1. MnPAVE.exe

2. MnPAVE.cnt

3. MnPAVE.hlp



1. CoolTool.exe

2. CoolTool.cnt

3. CoolTool.hlp


PaveCool Freeze

1. CoolToolF.exe

2. CoolToolF.cnt

3. CoolToolF.hlp