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Ideal Upgrade Procedure

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  • Ideal Upgrade Procedure

    I am upgrading Version 4.5 (which was previously lower versions) to 5.

    Can somebody recommend the ideal upgrade procedure that is least likely to cause other problems?


    Uninstall 4.5, re-boot, install 5, reboot.
    Install 5 and go for it.

    Any suggestions about migrating applications that have been going since many versions ago?


  • #2
    RE: Ideal Upgrade Procedure

    I installed V5 without any problem, and kept v4.5, 4.03, 3.0, etc. on my computer. No problems running v5 or the others.
    As to best procedure for migrating apps:
    1. copy all files to a new dir for v5
    2. do NOT rename any tables, sets, scripts
    3. run v5 and follow the prompts for toolbars, menus, forms, etc. You should not have much to do except to enjoy the new features you can add, change screens using the stylesheets, etc. This is the best way to "learn" the new version because you know what the app is supposed to do. There are many changes that are significant, yet transparent unless you investigate the possibilites of v5. As I have always said about Alpha Software, from Alpha Four v2 to A5V5, you are only limited by your imagination.
    Have Fun!


    • #3
      RE: Ideal Upgrade Procedure

      Thanks for your quick response!

      Unfortunately, early on (V2ish), I did not see/follow the procedure to keep all connected application files in 1 directory so moving the applications to a different directory presents some challenges. Running the applications on a network as you can imagine presents other challenges.

      I'm hoping that V5 will either be more tolerant of multiple directories and/or easier to move applications with lots of 'operations'.

      Looking forward to experimenting.


      • #4
        RE: Ideal Upgrade Procedure

        Alpha Five Version 5 and Version 4.5 install in different directories and have a different registry tree, so you should have no problem running them simulataneously on the same machine.
        Aaron Brown
        Alpha Software Development Team