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Software for Technics Keyboards: KN7000 & KN2600




Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

KN-SDExplorer: How to use the program in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

Differences with KN-SDExplorer in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

All of the program features are available in Windows 8.1 but there are some differences in operation when compared with other versions of Windows. These will be addressed in a future release.

The program has not been tested with Windows 8 because most Win 8 users were able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 free of charge. If you use Windows 8 please let us know of any issues in the comments below.

In Windows 8.1 Microsoft has changed the file management program from Windows Explorer to Windows File Manager or File Explorer (Win 10). This is the cause of most of the differences.

Please read the entire section including the IMPORTANT FIX FOR WINDOWS 8 AND WINDOWS 10

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The Main Differences

A full guide to installing and running KN-SDExplorer for the first time on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

Insert an SD Card in your SD Card Reader. Windows will pop up a message asking you what you would like to do. Dismiss the message (use the 'x' on the top right to close it).

Run the installation program.

During the installation, you will be asked the drive letter of your SD Card.

You can find your drive letter by running File Explorer.

To run File Explorer, RIGHT-click on the Windows Start Menu and then LEFT-click on "File Explorer" to run the program, similar to the image below:


In File Explorer, go to "My PC" and find your SD Card. The drive letter will be shown. As you can see below, it is drive letter D on my machine.


So, during installation of KN-SDExplorer on my machine, I enter   D:   for the drive letter. Don't forget the colon.

Let's now assume that you're using KN-SDExplorer for the first time and that the CD Card you have is blank.

We need to Initialise the SD Card before anything else will work. There are two ways to initialise the SD Card (either of the following):

1 - Format the card in your KN7000 or KN2600 AND save a file to it.


2 - Use KN-SDExplorer to initialise the card. To do this, you choose the "Initialise KN7000 SD Card" item on the Windows Start Menu, as shown below:


The "Initialise KN7000 SD Card" item prepares your SD Card for Technics files to be placed on it. You MUST next place some Technics files on it for the card to be fully initialised. When you run "Initialise KN7000 SD Card" you will be asked to choose your SD Card, similar to the following where you can see I have selected "D:" to be initialised:


Select the SD Card and press OK.

In my case, I already have Technics Songs on the card, so I see an additional requester to ask me whether to delete the existing Songs (as below), and I say 'yes'.


In my case, I now see a dialogue showing the existing Songs being deleted. You will not see that if you are using a blank SD Card.

The KN-SDExplorer window will open showing you your 'blank' SD Card. It will look something like the following:


NB - Your SD Card is not yet fully initialised. You must create a directory or drag and drop some Songs onto it for it to be fully initialised.

Note that you can click and drag the lower right corner of the main window to resize it. You can also click and drag the panels in the window to resize them. You can click and drag on the vertical bars between the heading descriptions to resize them.

In the image below I have clicked on the "New Folder" icon to create the first folder. I could have renamed it when making it, or I can rename it at any time later.


The card is now fully initialised and ready for Songs to be put on it from within Windows or on my keyboard. I can continue working with it or I can close the main window and return to it later.

Follow the other sections in the tutorials to understand how to place Songs on the card.

NB - This method does not always work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If running the program results in a file structure error follow the section titled "IMPORTANT FIX", to create a shortcut that runs KN-SDExplorer.

Problem: When you insert an SD Card, the KN-SD-Explorer program does not run automatically.

Solution: You need to run the program by double-clicking the icon on your desktop. Or by running the program from your start menu (shown in the image below).


NB - This method does not always work on Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. If running the program results in a file structure error follow the section titled "IMPORTANT FIX", to create a shortcut that runs KN-SDExplorer.

Problem: KN-SDExplorer doesn't run when you double-click the icon.

Solution: You must have an SD Card in the reader before you double-click the icon AND the SD card needs to have the Technics files structure on it (that means that the card has to have been initialised by KN-SDExplorer, or formatted on your KN7000 (or KN2600) AND have some files saved to it, as previously described.


Problem: I get an error message about the file structure.

Solution: You need to create a new shortcut to the program which references the SD Card path.

Let's cover this in detail:

Here is the sort of error message you might encounter:


To fix this error we will create a new shortcut to the program and we will always use this shortcut to run KN-SDExplorer in future.

First, let's find where the programme is installed. Run File Explorer as described in the first section and navigate to the installation folder. Right-click on the program and choose "Create Shortcut" from the menu. This is likely to be as shown below:


You will see a dialogue asking you whether to create the shortcut on your desktop, as below. Answer 'yes'.


A shortcut will be created on the desktop (mine is named with a "(2)" because I already have a shortcut).


As above, right-click on the shortcut and edit the properties. You will see a window similar to below:


In the "Target" field (which is highlighted in blue above), you need to add a space, followed by your drive letter and a colon.

In my case I have entered "C:\Program Files (x86)\KN7000\SDExplorer\SDExplorer.exe" D:

I.e. I have added  D: at the end of the path that was already in the Target field. You will enter your SD Card drive letter where I have used D.

"C:\Program Files (x86)\KN7000\SDExplorer\SDExplorer.exe" D:

Press "OK" and your shortcut is ready to use. Always use this shortcut from now on to run KN-SDExplorer.

If you have more than one SD Card Reader, you can repeat the process and make a new shortcut for each drive letter.

If you plug your SD Card Reader into a different USB port Windows might assign a different drive letter. You can swap it back to the original USB port or you can make a new shortcut that applies to that new drive letter whenever you plug the SD Card Reader into that second USB port.

If you are struggling to create a shortcut you can try the following (after installing KN-SDExplorer):

Download this zipped file - KNSDE SHORTCUTS

Double-click on the dowloaded zip file to open it.

Drag the relevant shortcut to your Windows desktop. You will need to know which drive letter relates to your SD Card.

When you double-click on your new shortcut the first time you will receive a warning message from Windows. It is safe to proceed.

Problem: You can not drag and drop files from Windows File Manager to KN-SDExplorer.

Solution: Select the files you want to copy in File Manager. Right-click on them and choose 'Copy' on the context menu. Now go to KN-SDExplorer and navigate to the folder of your choice. Right-click in the folder and select Paste from the menu.

You can use the same procedure to Copy and Paste folders.

Problem: When you right-click a folder in the SD Card file structure (or a Technics file structure on your PC) an appropriate KN-SDExplorer context menu doesn't appear.

Solution: This is the most major difference, so the procedure is quite different to other versions of Windows.

  1. Create an SDB Backup file on your PC. You can do this by backing up one of your SD Cards.
  2. In order to work with a Technics keyboard file structure on your PC you will need to right-click on this Backup file.
  3. Select "RESTORE KN7000 SD Card" (the top item on the context menu) and choose a folder on your PC. KN-SDExplorer will restore your Backup into this folder, creating a Technics SD file structure. 
  4. Any contents of the directory you choose will be overwritten, so ensure that you choose an appropriate folder, or make a new one.
  5. You can now work with this folder structure on your PC. This is MUCH quicker than working directly on the SD Card. It has the added benefit that any errors you make will not affect your SD Card.
  6. When you have finished working with the Songs, Make a Backup of them on your PC.
  7. The final step is to restore the Backup to an SD Card so that you can use it in your keyboard.