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How can I get Corel Draw 11 to work on Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit?

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Agnes Marie posted on Sat, Aug 7 2010 18:11

I have been having problems updating my Corel Draw 11 Graphics Suite for use on a computer running Windows 7 Pro, 64 bit. It worked fine on the previous computer I was using, which was running Windows XP Pro, 64 bit. I have been to the download site for all applicable patches and service packs for Corel 11, namely, SP1, SP2, Draw11SVGUpdate, and CGS11savefix.exe. When I run the SP1, I get an error message: "the file C:/Programfiles(x86)\Corel\CorelGraphics11\Filters\CRLPDFImport110.dll is not a valid previous version and could not be upgraded" The only response choice I was offered was "OK" and this exits the setup.

When I try to open either Corel Draw 11 or Corel Photo Paint 11, I get the following message: "Corel PHOTO-PAINT(R) [or DRAW] has stopped working. A problem caused the program to stop working correctly. Windows will close the program and notify you if a solution is available." The only "option" I'm given is to push the "Close program" toggle and exit. Windows has never contacted me via email to tell me of any solutions.

I have been using the Corel Draw Graphics Suite for many years - first buying the Full Version of CD5, then upgrading to 8, then upgrading to 11. I have the original "upgrade" discs for 11 which have installed just fine up to now, and  I really do not need the extensive features of CGS X5 (which, by the way, works perfectly in the "trial download" form I put onto the computer in question!). I was SO hoping to get the updates on 11 installed so it will work on Win 7 Pro, rather than have to pay $200 for the upgrade to X5 "just" to gain the ability to run Corel DRAW and Corel PHOTO PAINT on this new computer. (By the way, that "just" is a relative term - if it's the only way to get a functioning program, I will have to upgrade - Corel DRAW and Corel PHOTO PAINT are the bedrock of our private printing press work!) Is there any way I can proceed with Corel 11?

Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!

Agnes Marie

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Murrieta, California, U.S.

Point your browser at Microsoft and query for the free virtual machine software and the WindowsXP that runs with it. This will allow you to run Windows XP on your Windows 7 Pro, and under WinXP, you can install and use Corel Grapphics Suite ver. 11.

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Agnes Marie:
Is there any way I can proceed with Corel 11?


Try this if it works.

Right click coreldraw 11 icon and click properties. Under Properties dialog, you'll see a tab called "Compatibility". Under that, follow two steps as shown in attached picture.

1) Enable check box for "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" and select Windows XP SP3 from drop down.

2) Enable check box for "Run this program as an administrator

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That's the solution:

I found out that there is one file in CorelDraw V12 that causes the problem: kodakcms.dll, the Kodak color management system library. If you have a Pentium quad processor, the system crashes after opening or importing graphics containing color. If you installed CGS12 in a default way, you find the file at C:\Program Files\Corel\Corel Graphics 12\Programs. The original version of the Kodak file is You should delete and replace this file by a newer one. Version will do. Where can you obtain this file? Easy: it is one of the files used by a Kodak programm: Kodak EasyShare Custom Creations. You can download it from the Kodak site for free! See Download the program and find your file at C:\Program Files\Kodak EasyShare Custom Creations Software\kip\bin. Copy and paste. CorelDraw works again!


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