System Requirements —
Visual Mall Manager™ will run on any computer produced in the last fifteen years that is running the Windows® operating system. However, the preferred operating system is Windows® 10, because earlier versions are either no longer support by Microsoft (e.g., Vista and Windows® 7) or they are plagued with problems such as Windows® 8 and 8.1. The Windows® 10 Professional edition is the best operating system for VMM systems that will require networking two or more computers.
Windows® 10 does have one Microsoft "feature" that can cause serious problems with VMM: Virtualization! Fortunately, the problems that can arise from Virtualization can be totally avoided by setting the VMM application to always "Run as an administrator" in the program's property sheet. (We provide detailed instructions on how to accomplish this task.)
The following represent computer system components that we strongly recommend for use in conjunction with the VMM software:
- Some form of fast, high-capacity backup (i.e., removable media) device; such as a USB memory "stick", etc. (The VMM software makes it very easy and quick to make a backup of all data files for possible use to recover from a serious operator error, hardware "crash" or a natural dissaster such as fire.)
- A 40-column receipt printer. In our opinion, receipt printers contribute to a much more professional business image as compared to using full-page sales receipts. Receipts printers are faster, and they are more economical in the long run. (Warning: Printers with a serial interface may not work with the newer versions of the Windows® operating system, and we do not support them for use with VMM.) If you choose to use a cash drawer with VMM be sure that it is "triggered" (i.e., opened) by the receipt printer. (We will be happy to provide information on receipt printer models that are known to work well with the VMM program. Please take advantage of this information to help avoid receipt printer problems.)
- An Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) for each computer in the system to avoid possible data corruption that can be caused by a sudden electrical surge or loss of power.