Re-Install Maps and Software on Garmin GPS – Windows

To deal with major problems or coverage changes to your Garmin GPS, Garmin Express software is a good tool to have in your back pocket.

You can use Garmin Express Software to re-install the system software and change the maps on your device.  You can also use Garmin Express to install maps directly to an SD Card in a GPS that supports them.

Download Garmin Express

You can download the full installation of Garmin Express on the Garmin Website:

Garmin Express Download

Install Garmin Express

  1. Click Download for Windows
  2. Run GarminExpress.exe to start installation
  3. Check the box next to the terms and conditions statement
  4. Advanced Users can select the Options button to change the install location of Garmin Express if needed
  5. Press the Install button
  6. Press the Launch button to open Garmin Express

Step 1: Reinstall GPS System Software

  1. Connect the device to the computer
  2. Open Garmin Express
  3. From the menu, click device
  4. Click reinstall
  5. Select the desired map
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garmin-express-screen-backup[1]The Garmin Express Device Screen allows you to back up, restore, or re-install your GPS Software and maps.

Step 2: (Optional) Change Map Coverage

To change the region of your map coverage, select the following options:

  1. Select change coverage
  2. Choose Select a region or Use a micro/SD memory card
  3. Click continue
  4. select map coverage region from list
  5. Click continue

Step 3: (Optional) Install Map to SD Memory Card

To install a map to an external memory card (micro/SD Card), follow the steps below. You can do this at the same time you are changing your map coverage area.

  1. Select change coverage
  2. Select Use a micro/SD memory card
  3. Click continue

Step 4: Finish the Installation

  1. Click Start Installation
  2. You can monitor progress by clicking updates from the menu
Garmin Express

Garmin Express Update Install Screen

Once the re-installation is complete, the device should start normally and have maps available for navigation.  If you selected the installation to micro/SD Card, the selected maps should now be on the card.  If the installation fails, make sure your SD card is formatted and that it is not write protected.