Techstream software download

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  1. Quinton_Hall

    Quinton_Hall Junior Member

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    Ordered a cable. Have a surface pro running windows 10. The cable supposedly comes with download instructions. However I think there is different versions or revisions of techstream available. Could someone share a download source for techstream version that works well with Prius and windows 10? Or do I need to install in a windows XP emulator?
     
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    There's so many different versions and different ways of going about this... Toyota Truck forums online can offer a refreshing perspective too. Basically do lots of internet searching and learning until you find the approach that most suits you. And once you get it set up, please come back here and let us all know which way you went about it and what made it easy as well as hard.
     
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    I believe that the hacked Techstream which comes with those ebay cables only runs on 32 bit Windows 7 or XP.

    If you want to buy a legal copy of Techstream from Toyota it probably works with newer versions of theWindows OS, possibly even 64 bit versions, but it will cost you an arm and both legs.
     
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    This used to be my understanding as well... But reverting 64bit windows to 32bit is hard and the 32bit emulator that windows offers doesn't work very well. But, regardless, I set techstream up on my mom's old Win7 laptop that was 64bit and my friend installed the windhorse driver package and we finally got it working. Also thanks to folks at MHH AUTO who gave me a way to get the software licensed after I gave them $25 to become a "member."
     
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    The current Toyota Techstream software works with 64-bit versions of the Windows 10 operating system. The compatibility problem, as I understand it, is with 32-bit device drivers for some of the inexpensive third-party vehicle interface modules; that’s not an issue with the MongoosePro series, of course.

    The fee for a two-day Professional Diagnostic subscription to techinfo.toyota.com is $65, which includes use of the Techstream software. Whatever you think of that price, it is less than many dealers’ diagnostic fees.
    “Licensed” implies a grant of authority from Toyota. I expect what they sold you instead was a key computed by having reverse engineered the protection mechanism, which I gather isn’t very sophisticated.

    I’ve wondered if that’s intentional. New-vehicle sales volume in Japan depends, in part, on strong export markets for used vehicles, which would collapse without local availability of cost-effective service. Since the Techstream software is officially controlled, Toyota’s authorized distributors and dealers have no grounds to complain, but at the same time, shade-tree mechanics everywhere can get inexpensive access to diagnostic tools.
     
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    It's a good deal if you were built with the deluxe arms and legs. If you've just got the economy ones, maybe not ....
     
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    Thanks for excellent details and info... As always... And yea, the market demographics/strategy for letting cracked versions of tech stream run wild is because Toyota is not a software company and doesn't know there's more long term value in their software than just repairing old cars.

    If they open sourced everything and spent a billion dollars to build on software innovation with Toyota enthusiasts in a fair way under standard GNU licensing the value of Toyota's future would be way more drive by innovation and collaboration... But they're too corporate to know any better.
     
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    I run Techstream 12 on my Surface Pro 3 with Windows 10 20H2. I found the easiest way was to use Virtualbox (free open source from Oracle) and DL a preset, preconfigured and pre-licensed virtual machine .OVA file and "Import appliance" browsing to the .OVA you D/L'd. The install takes about 2 minutes for Virtualbox and less than a minute to import the OVA. After that just start the VM and it's configured and ready to use. Techstream is running in a 32bit WinXP environment and uses very little resources. You can disable the network for the VM (good idea) if you want for keeping Techstream completely sandboxed.

    Of course, you do need to have a J2534 mini VCI cable that works. If it's not designated J2534 you probably won't be able to talk to the CAN network. As always with Win10, just plugin the mini VCI and give it a couple minutes to see if the OS can setup a driver for it. Go into the device manager and take a peek if a yellow triangle shows for the miniVCI. If it does, then D/L the miniVCI driver and install. Probably an XHorse driver, but just go to where you purchased the device and the D/L link should be there.

    Just do a web search for teachstream OVA for the image and search for and DL the latest Virtualbox from Oracle.
     
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    where can you buy that mini VCI?
     
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    Techstream did not work on my Windows 10 machine (old work computer)

    I run Macs personally so that wasn’t an option.

    Had to order and old Dell Brick with Windows 7 for $150 on ebay to get it to work. Then you have to dig up the right drivers for whatever cable you got.
     
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    You can run Techstream just fine on a Mac in a virtual machine. Parallels or VMWare work. I haven't tried Oracle's VirtualBox but see no reason why that shouldn't work either.
     
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    Yeah I could probably cut my arm off too, but won’t. I’ll leave the trash software on a trash machine. :)

    Apple also stopped selling computers with old school USB ports years ago. I’d be shocked if there were a USB-C to OBD-2 cable. Wouldn’t work, and an Apple adapter costs as much as an aofrementioned trash windows machine.
     
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    Anyone in LA near my. Washington that can scan my car? I bough the dongle and disc, got an old laptop. It crashed. Got another one and still haven’t been able to get this to work. The car won’t start. Is there a tech stream
    option that downer involve become a compete person? Thanks
     
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    I bet there are USB-C to USB-A adapters, leaving the rest as an exercise for the reader.
     
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    Read the app review thread that's stickied st the top of the Technical Discussion forum. There are a couple apps and obd2 devices that have very impressive capabilities. Autel AP200 has codes and data for all ecu's on a Gen2. ThinkDiag is close to Techstream - codes, data, bidirectional tests, etc.

    If you want Techstream, you can search for a thread (within the past 2 months) about downloading a Virtual Machine image that has ver 12 installed on a XP VM. Install VirtualBox on most any laptop then run the image.

    Or pay for the genuine TS from Toyota.

    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.
     
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    I was able to install the bundled TechStream that came with my Amazon cable on an XP VirtualBox VM, but it was missing a bunch of functionality. I eventually gave up and downloaded a VirtualBox image that included TechStream and that has worked perfectly.
     
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    Do you by chance have the link for the one you got?
     
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