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Version 5 - Please read this information carefully before downloading
and installing Avantage
- You must have Windows 7 or
Windows 10 on your instrument PC.
- Avantage V5 is not compatible
with Windows 11 22H2 update – Please only use Version V6.6 (Alpha) for this version of
- For Windows XP, use only Version 4.
- Version 5 may be used for
Processing-Only installations with Windows 7 using either 32 bit or 64 bit English editions or Windows 10 (64 bit English
- Contact your local support team
or our global support team MSD.GTS_XPS@thermofisher.com
if you want to change an instrument data acquisition PC from Windows
7 to Windows 10. This may require changes in other interface
- Current versions may require
installation and update of instrument vacuum PLC control software for
Escalab Xi, K-Alpha, Nexsa and some Theta Probe systems. If this is
not done, the ion and flood guns may not be used. Please see Release Notes for more information
- Please check the size of the
downloaded file - sometimes a download may fail due to poor connection
- Use Control
Panel...Programs and Features to uninstall the existing version of
Avantage before attempting to install the new version of Avantage.
- Copy and unzip the installation
zip file to the system on which Avantage is to be installed (if you did
not already download it on to that system)
- Use Windows Explorer and click
right on the install file and select
- Open With...Compressed (zipped)
Folders - This will produce a large .exe file.
- Ensure you are logged on as a
user with administrator access
- Use Control Panel.....Programs and Features to uninstall the existing
version of Avantage
! ! ! ALWAYS RESTART THE PC WHEN PROMPTED ! ! !
- You will now be able to
double-click on the Avantage Installation .exe file and the installation
- You may be shown warnings about
using Unsigned Drivers - select Continue
- You may be shown Found New
Hardware wizard - Select Do NOT Search Internet and Install Automatically
- On instrument control PCs only,
after you have installed Avantage and restarted the PC, you must login as
a user with Windows administrator access to ensure the hardware drivers
are correctly installed. You can then logout and login with the
normal user login.
- Some systems may fail the
installation with an EasyCap installation error
and abort the installation - this can be a problem with a third party drivers
- Restart the PC
- If you get "New Hardware
Found" for the EasyCap, install drivers
using default options
- Reinstall Avantage again
- If problems persist, consult
local technical support or the factory for support
(For engineer use only)
· Please see special pre-installation
notes for Escalab 250 Xi instruments being upgraded from V5.28 or earlier.
K-Alpha, Nexsa, Escalab 250 Xi, Escalab Xi+, Theta Probe (after 2012) - Check
the version of Baldor / Mint Workbench is compatible with the current version
Additional Support Software - NOT usually required - consult factory for
Baldor WorkBench V5.5 (K-Alpha or Escalab 250 Xi)
Baldor WorkBench (K-Alpha / Escalab 250Xi ONLY) V5.5
The Baldor WorkBench is needed for factory-guided
engineer tasks using the stage and PLC controller. It is not normally
required by users or service engineers.
Workbench V5.5 5628 is compatible with Avantage V4.62 onwards. Download WorkBench
V5.5 5628 file (~33MB)
Unzip the file to produce the installation file Mint Machine Center and Mint WorkBench Build 5628 setup.exe
Install ONLY when advised by the factory!!!
The current version of the PLC code is included in the Avantage package.
Document updated 13:29 04 July 2016