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  • 2 versions on one computer?

    Does anyone have a way to make the Home Edition and Professional Edition of version 5 coexist on the same machine?

    Whenever I switch between editions, I have to re-enter the license number for that edition.

    Ray DiFazio

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    RE: 2 versions on one computer?

    Good question, Ray. I was about to post a similar one. This will obviously be an issue for developers.

    While we are at it, can someone confirm whether or not there is any conflict if running the full version on one computer and the home edition on another computer on the same network? (I suspect not but it would be nice if someone could confirm it.)


    • #3
      RE: 2 versions on one computer?

      Hey Cal,

      At least now I know that it's a real problem!!


      • #4
        RE: 2 versions on one computer?

        I have A5V5 full, version, and A5V4.5 running on the same computer without any major problem. Also, A4V6.2.

        The only annoying element is that I have to directly load an adb file in A5V5 or it tries to load in A5V4.5.

        We are not on a network.



        • #5
          RE: 2 versions on one computer?

          Thanks James,

          I, also, have multiple versions of Alpha 4 and 5 running successfully on my machine. This, however, appears to be a different issue.



          • #6
            RE: 2 versions on one computer?

            Yes, I reread the thread. However, I am glad the subject came up. I will be carefull not to use the wrong build.


            • #7
              RE: 2 versions on one computer?

              you can have both home and full edition on the same machine, but it is a bit of a pain in the neck because both products share the same registry key.

              so when you enter your a5home edition license number, it will overwrite the a5full edition license number.

              that means that when you start a5full edition, you will have to reenter your license number.

              then, once you do that, and you start the home edition you will have to reenter your home edition license number.


              • #8
                RE: 2 versions on one computer?


                My understanding is that both versions use the same registry keys, so they both can't be active at the same time. You may have to use some dual boot system, which obviously adds complication.



                • #9
                  RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                  We do answer many FAQs regarding the differences between A5v5 Full Version and the Home Edition at the following URL (accessible from the Alpha web site by selecting the Home Version icon on the main page.)


                  Customer Service Representative
                  Alpha Software Inc.


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                    RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                    Thanks to all of you for all the good feedback.



                    • #11
                      RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                      If you are using an NT based OS (NT, 2000, XP), you can set up different users, like "RayHE" and "RayDE". That way, there will be two different registry trees.

                      Another possibility is to keep two registry trees around and manually rename them when you want to test under HE.
                      Aaron Brown
                      Alpha Software Development Team


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                        RE: 2 versions on one computer?


                        Thanks for that insight. I didn't think about that possibility, but that would be a simple solution.



                        • #13
                          RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                          Thanks Aaron!!


                          • #14
                            RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                            Hi All,

                            My problem is similar, I have A5V5 and A5V4.5 loaded. I also have shortcut icons on my desktop for the various apps that I am working on, some developed in A5V5 others in A5V4.5. Now the problem, when I click on an Icon, regardless of which version it was developed in, it comes up in A5V5.

                            Happy days ahead,


                            • #15
                              RE: 2 versions on one computer?

                              Ed, change your icons. I can almost guarantee that the only thing the icons point to is the .adb file. This is a very limiting method: (a) it will always open with the last version of A5 that was installed, (b) you have no control over the splash screen, window title, icon, and other options.

                              The better icon will first start the version of A5 that you want to use and send the adb file as an argument. Something like this:
                              "C:\Program Files\A5v5\Alpha5.exe" "H:\A5v5\CustomerA\AppName.adb" -title="Customer A's AppName" -nosplash

                              NOTE: You MUST put double quotes around any portion of the command that has blank spaces. I believe you must also put quotes around the name of the title even if there are no spaces.