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Machinery's Handbook 30th Edition CD Installation

  • The minimum requirements for installing the MH30 CD-ROM are Windows Operating System XP or later, including Windows 10, 32- and 64-bit; an Internet connection for authorization; and Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Most users also need to update the FileOpen plugin.
  • FileOpen Plugin: When installing your MH30 CD-ROM or if you have recently upgraded your version of Adobe Acrobat or Reader and your Handbook CD no longer operates properly, you may need to update your FileOpen plugin. Before installing the plugin, first close Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Click here to open the FileOpen Installer. 
  • If you are using an older version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat, you also may want to update to a newer version. Visit Adobe's web site to find a recent version of Reader appropriate for your operating system (http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions).

Note: Some of the instructions below also may apply to the Machinery's Handbook. 30th Edition, CD-ROM. If you have other questions or require further information, please contact us at help@industrialpress.com.

Regarding older versions of the MH CD-ROM: While we will do all we can to help you use your earlier edition CD-ROM, we cannot guaranty that older CD-ROMs will work on older machines and operating systems. Good news is that there is a highly discounted upgrade for the 30th edition CD-ROM for previous MH CD-ROM users. Installation of the upgrade requires a valid registration number for a previous (25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, or 29th) edition CD-ROM. For more information, click here.

Don't have a CD-ROM drive to install the latest CD-ROM? For information about options for upgrading from an older MH CD-ROM to the ebook version, email help@industrialpress.com.

Machinery's Handbook 29th Edition CD

  • Install the FileOpen security plugin (FileOpen Installer). If you have recently upgraded your version of Adobe Acrobat or Reader and your Handbook CD no longer operates properly, click above to install the FileOpen plugin. Especially if you are running Adobe Reader/Acrobt X or XI you should also install/upgrade this plugin. The current version of the plugin is Build 928. Before installing the plugin, be sure to close Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
  • If you are using Adobe Reader 4 or 5 it is recommended to upgrade Reader to a more recent version. Visit Adobe's web site to find a recent version of Reader appropriate for your operating system (http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions). 
  • Reader (and Acrobat) versions 4 and 5 should use this version of the plugin installer FileOpen Installer for Reader/Acrobat 4 & 5. Before installing the plugin, close Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
  • Install Machinery's Handbook 29 CD on Mac
  • Activation Key for Guide 29 on Handbook 29 CD
  • See Machinery's Handbook 29 ebook versions for PC and Tablets. Works on any screen with a browser that supports Flash. Available online and off, including iPad and Android tablets. (Not available for the Kindle.)  

Machinery's Handbook 28th Edition CD
  • If you have recently upgraded your version of Adobe Acrobat or Reader and your Handbook CD no longer operates properly, click above to install the FileOpen plugin. If you are running Adobe Reader X or Acrobat X you should also install this plugin. Before installing the plugin, please close Adobe Reader and Acrobat. 
  • Reader (and Acrobat) versions 4 and 5 should use this version of the plugin installer FileOpen Installer for Reader/Acrobat 4 & 5. Before installing the plugin, close Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Note: If you are using Adobe Reader 4 or 5 it is recommended to upgrade Reader to a more recent version. Visit Adobe's web site to find a recent version of Reader appropriate for your operating system.
  • Reader X and Acrobat X users should download and install the search index update for Machinery's Handbook 28. This update allows the use of the powerful Full Reader Search in Reader and Acrobat X.  The update contains a zip archive containing a file, index28.pdx, and a directory index28 containing additional files. To install the update, replace the original index28.pdx and index28 directory with the new files contained in the update. Copy the downloaded zip archive into the Data directory at the location where Machinery's Handbook 28 is installed and extract the files to that location. The exact location where the updated files shoud be placed can also be determined by opening the Handbook and selecting Properties from the File menu. On the Advanced tab, the location of the file index28.pdx is indicated in the field Search Index:.Replace the original index28.pdx and the index28 directory with the files from the zip archive. Click here for the index upgrade for Machinery's Handbook 28 CDFileOpen Installer

    Users of other versions of Reader and Acrobat do not require this update.
Machinery's Handbook 27th and 26th Edition CDs
  • Troubleshooting MH27 CD Installation Problems
  • FileOpen Plugin (v2.7.0.1) Installer For 27th Edition CD and 26th Edition v1.06 CD. Download latest FileOpen plugin installer for Adobe Reader/Acrobat (for all versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader). If you have difficulty using the FileOpen 2.7.0.1 Installer from the link above, use the following link to download the plugin only, as a zip archive. FileOpen plugin (fopen32.api) only Note: Use this link to obtain the plugin only if the plugin installer fails.
  • Reader/Acrobat  version X and XI (10 and 11) users should download and install the search index update for Machinery's Handbook 27. This update allows the use of the powerful Full Reader Search in Reader/Acrobat X and XI. Download the update specific to the 27th edition CD version number printed on the face of the 27th edition CD.

    Index upgrade for Machinery's Handbook 27 CD version 1.0

    Index upgrade for Machinery's Handbook 27 CD version 1.00B

    The update contains a zip archive containing a file, index27.pdx, and a directory index27 containing additional files. To install the update, replace the original index27.pdx and index27 directory with the new files contained in the update. Copy the downloaded zip archive into the Data directory at the location where Machinery's Handbook 27 is installed and extract the files to that location. The exact location where the updated files shoud be placed can be determined by opening the Handbook and selecting Properties from the File menu. On the Advanced tab, the location of the file index27.pdx is indicated in the field Search Index:.Replace the original index27.pdx and the index27 directory with the files from the zip archive.

    Users of other versions of Reader and Acrobat do not require this update.

Additional Online Instructions for CD-ROM Products