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Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

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  • Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

    Hello all,

    Currently using Alpha Five version 9.2095 Build 3264. The computer is very old and we are looking to buy a new one, however all the good new computers are Windows 7 64 bit.

    Will our version of Alpha Five work on a Windows 7-64bit PC?

    If not, will the new version 10 work on it?

    How do we get the databases from one system to the other? I know they are all in one folder, so can I just copy them to a flash drive then load them onto the new computer and open them that way, or is there sometype of export or backup that needs to be done in order to maintain integrity?

    Thank you all kindly in advance for your assistance.

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    Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

    V9 and V10.5 both work on Win7 64 Bit with transferred applications.
    I have both on a new Laptop.

    The only problem - well not really a problem - is that for licensing reasons, you will need to reinstall Alpha and if the Computer name is that same as the old one, all will be well.

    If you get a message saying that the licensing count has been exceeded, contact Alpha Sales and they will sort it out their end.

    Lift and Shift the database and install as it is on the new M/c. And don't forget the backups beforehand!!!!!!!!!
    See our Hybrid Option here;
    https://hybridapps.example-software.com/

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    • #3
      Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

      V9 might work on a Win7 computer, but, V9 Runtime will not work on a Win7 computer. It did not work for me anyway. When I called Alpha they said V9 Runtime on Win7 was not supported nor would it be in the future.

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        Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

        Originally posted by swarrine View Post
        V9 might work on a Win7 computer, but, V9 Runtime will not work on a Win7 computer. It did not work for me anyway. When I called Alpha they said V9 Runtime on Win7 was not supported nor would it be in the future.
        I have v9 RT running on several Windows 7 professional computers without issue

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        • #5
          Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

          Originally posted by John Lemisch View Post
          I have v9 RT running on several Windows 7 professional computers without issue
          Is the runtime in C:\Program Files or in another directory?

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          • #6
            Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

            Originally posted by CALocklin View Post
            Is the runtime in C:\Program Files or in another directory?

            Cal:
            The rt is in program files
            compatibility is set to run in xp sp3 mode

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            • #7
              Re: Windows7 Compatibility and Database Migration

              V9 does not work well if you put it in the Programme Folder on a Win 7 machine.
              It will work a few times and then gives up.
              See our Hybrid Option here;
              https://hybridapps.example-software.com/

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