PM Storybooks Upgrade for Windows 7

If you have upgraded your PC to Windows 7, or if you have recently installed PM Storybooks on your Windows 7 PC, you may get an error message saying that the PM Storybooks software is incompatible with Windows 7.


To upgrade your PM Storybooks software, click on the appropriate link(s) below to download the patch. The patch is in the form of a ZIP file. When the patch is downloaded to your PC, double-click the ZIP file to open it. Then copy all the files in it to your PM Storybooks installation folder (usually C:\GREYGUM\PM by default), replacing old versions when prompted.

The patch is not a full installation. You need to have the old software already installed on the target PC before you patch it. If the old software is not already on the target PC you have a number of options available to get it there...

1. Firstly, try installing from the original CDs. A lot of the earlier CDs have a 32-bit installer, even though the Storybooks software is only 16-bit. That means that the installation will work, but when it finishes it tries to run the Storybooks software, which fails. That looks like the installation has failed when in fact it hasn't. In this case, you can go ahead and patch the installed software, as described above.

2. However, if the CD has a 16-bit installer, you will get the 64-bit compliance error message straight away, and you can't go down that path. So, if you still have the Storybooks software installed on another PC, patch that installation and copy the patched folder onto your new PC. You will have to organise your own shortcuts to the software at that point because copying is not the same as an installation.

3. If you don't have the Storybooks software on an older PC, then the only course left to you is to use your CDs to install it on an older PC, patch it and copy it to the new PC.

4. If all the above fails, you still have recourse to our generous upgrade policy.

When you run the software the first time, you may get an error message to the effect that THREED32.OCX is not registered, or missing. In that case, you'll need to register the newly installed OCX files. To do that, go to All Programs, Accessories, and RIGHT-CLICK on Command Prompt. Choose "Run as Administrator". Then at the command prompt, type...

regsvr32 c:\greygum\pm\threed32.ocx <enter> 

regsvr32 c:\greygum\pm\mci32.ocx <enter>

regsvr32 c:\greygum\pm\picclp32.ocx <enter>

regsvr32 c:\greygum\pm\comdlg32.ocx <enter>



The PM Storybooks software and bonus applications should then work correctly. Please report any problems to our support team .


PM Storybooks Red Level 3.10 Upgrade

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PM Storybooks Blue Level 3.10 Upgrade

PM Storybooks Green Level 3.10 Upgrade






PM Story Books FAQ


Before you go any further, check which series and colour of PM Story Books you have. Greygum produces software for the PM Library Red, Yellow, Blue and Green levels, and PM Gems Magenta, Red, Yellow, Blue and Green levels.


All the other PM Library software and PM Plus software - Gold, Silver, Purple, Orange, Turquoise etc - are produced by Cengage Learning , and you should contact them for support.

 Q. I'm using Windows 7 and I get an error message saying that PM.exe cannot start or run due to incompatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows.

 A. You can download a patch here, which corrects this problem.

 Q. I'm using Windows 7 and I get an error message saying that an OCX file is not registered or missing.

 A. You can download a patch here, which corrects this problem.

 Q. It's hard for children to hear the words clearly when they're using talking stories. If they turn up the volume, it disturbs the rest of the class. What do you suggest?

 A. Many teachers have found that "Walkman"-style headphones are ideal. They confine the sound to the user's ears, which is where it's needed. There are two theories about which kind to get. One says to buy cheap ones that can be replaced when they get damaged; the other says you should buy good quality ones that are strong enough to survive classroom handling.

 Q. Will Greygum Software work on my network?

 A. It's impossible to give an answer that's 100% certain in every case because every network is set up slightly differently to suit local needs. However, all our Mac and Windows software has been designed to work on networks with a minimum of fuss. In most cases it is necessary for write access to be granted to teachers who wish to set preferences, and to students who wish to save their progress. The best approach is to buy the software on 30 days approval (schools only) and, if it doesn't suit your setup, you can return it (in resaleable condition).

 Q. Will the software work under Windows NT (including XP)?

 A. There are a number of versions of NT, some of which do not support 16 bit applications such as existing Greygum and 4Mation versions. We suggest you order the software on approval and try it on your installation. Greygum will be including 32 bit versions on future releases, and these will be announced on this website.

 Q. When I use the PM Stories on my Mac network, I get the message "File locked or in use." What's the solution to this problem?

 A. This problem can happen with any application on a network, not just the PM Stories. The solution is to lock the application. Do this by clicking once on the PM Story Books icon, then selecting File/Get Info from the menu bar. Check the "Locked" item at the bottom of the info box, close the box, and it's ready to go.

  Q. With the PM Story Books Software, I get the message "Data files for the selected book cannot be found." when I run "Sequences" on my Macintosh.  "Sequences" can also crash under certain circumstances.

 A. Sequences version 2.1 expects to find Book 33 "Magpie's Baking Day" when it starts for the first time. This book is on the "Blue A" CD and click "Try Again". Version 2.11 corrects both this problem and the crashing problem and can be downloaded from Sequences 2.1.1.sit.

  Q. With the PM Story Books Software, I get the message "Data files for the selected book cannot be found." when I run "Word Starts" on my Macintosh.

 A.  Word Starts version 2.1 expects to find book 49 "The Naughty Ann" when it starts for the first time. This book is on the "Green A" CD and click "Try again". Version 2.1.1 corrects this problem and can be downloaded from Word Starts 2.1.1.sit.

 Applies to (Windows only) PM, PM USA, PM Canada and Fitzroy Talking Readers:

Q. When I insert the CD, a window appears offering the option of installing the software, but nothing happens when I click on this button (or any of the other buttons).

  A. This is a known problem (our fault) that applies to some versions of the software, and has since been corrected. The fault manifests itself on Windows 2000 and XP, but not on 98 and similar.


The faults affects ONLY the autoplay window  that appears when the CD is inserted - it does not affect the software itself, or the installer. The solution is to ignore the autoplay window: just close it.


Use another method to start installing the software. Any of the following methods can be used:

  • Inspect the CD using "My Computer" or "Windows Explorer", and double-click SETUP.EXE.
  • Click on Start, then Run, type in D:SETUP.EXE (where D is the drive letter of your CD drive) and click on OK.
  • Use Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, indicate that you want to add a new program from CD, and follow the instructions that appear.

Similarly, don't try to use autoplay window to launch the software. The best method of launching the software is to use the entry in the Start Programs menu.

PM Story Books




For beginning readers, here's innovative software that provides support and encouragement to make reading a rewarding experience.



Years K to 2



The PM Story Books Software offers many useful features, including:

  • stories read in clear speech with Australian accents;
  • the ability to hear individual words spoken aloud simply by clicking on them;
  • simple word games using the vocabulary from each story;
  • a facility to enable children to write their own versions of the stories, hear them read aloud by the computer, and print them;
  • the ability to set up the software to suit students' individual needs;
  • a tracking option which allows teachers to monitor how long each student has spent on each activity; and
  • two extra learning activities included on each CD.

It provides a clearly spoken reading of each story, and many related activities.


Children can listen to the stories while looking at the text and illustrations on the screen. They can also click on an individual word to hear it spoken. Stories are spoken clearly in an Australian accent. A different voice is used for single words. This makes it ideal for ESL and special needs students, too.


Older children can write their own stories based on the illustrations provided. Their stories can be read aloud by the computer at any stage and, if required, printed.


Treasure! is a variation of the ever-popular "Hangman" game, in which the computer speaks the mystery word. Words are chosen from the current story, or (at the teacher's discretion) from another story or from composite wordlists of many stories.


Slide is another word game included with the software. In this game the mystery word is spoken, then children must spell it sequentially. As with all the activities, the teacher can adjust the game to suit the student.

Cloze Exercises

Using the illustrations and text from the PM Library books, the Cloze exercises offer a simple and educationally sound way for children to apply their reading skills. In the simpler exercise, they choose the correct word from the alternatives shown. Harder exercises for older children require the child to type in the missing word.

Powerful Teacher Controls

Teachers have considerable control over which features and which books are made available to each child, and the degree of difficulty. Teachers can, if they wish, provide different settings for each child to suit individual needs. The teacher can, optionally, keep track of each child's progress. The computer can maintain a log of how long each child spent on each activity or story.


Package includes CD suitable for both Windows and Macintosh. This software has been updated for use with Mac OS X and Windows 7 64-bit. The original Macintosh version is "Classic" only and not suitable for use on Intel Macs. The original Windows version is 16-bit and not suitable for use on Windows 7.


Online Shopping

Please use this facility only if you want delivery within Australia, where the freight and tax charges are fixed. You don't need a PayPal account, just a credit card.


If you want delivery outside Australia, or you are an educational institution and prefer to be invoiced, just email us your order and we'll contact you for payment and shipping details.


PM Story Books - Single User

$198.00 (inc GST) 

Reading Level



PM Story Books - Site Licence

$396.00 (inc GST) 

Reading Level
Name of school to appear on Site Licence





PM Story Books Screenshots



Reading: click on the "hear" button to hear the words spoken.


The Cloze exercise uses the text of the stories.







Word ordering: select the next word from the list.


Writing: the story can be printed with or without the pictures.





Rhyming exercise


Slide requires students to spell the word spoken by the computer.
Words are chosen from the vocaubulary of the stories.





Treasure is a favourite variation on the traditional Hangman game.
It uses words from the stories.


The letter recognition game presents upper and lower case,
with and without spoken cues.





Comprehension exercise using sentence endings.


Comprehension exercise in a quiz format.





Teachers have the opportunity to set a wide range of options to suit the needs of one or all of their students.