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    Default Easiest way to convert a Alpha 5 v10 relational database to another program

    My Windows 7 is having problems and it looks like I will have to change over to a Windows 10 computer. Many years ago I created a great relational database program for my wife's business. But I know I will no longer be able to use this program on a Windows 10 or Apple Computer with parralel running Windows 10. I don't believe Alpha's current version of their database will convert my present database to their format. This is a standard relationship database that does not run on the internet, just the local computer. I would like to know the quickest way to copy all aspects of this database to a program that will run either on a mac or pc with windows 10. It basically has 4 individual data bases related to one another. As I am a bit older my ability to to do things computerwise that I used to have been greatly compromised so I would like the quickest and easiest sdolution. Thanks in advance for your help.

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    Default Re: Easiest way to convert a Alpha 5 v10 relational database to another program

    You may be borrowing trouble before it arrives.

    Search this forum for message board threads discussing Windows 10. Others seem to be using A5v10 with it just fine. See this thread, for example. I think there are others.

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    Default Re: Easiest way to convert a Alpha 5 v10 relational database to another program

    What version of alpha are you using?
    If a dos version, your tables can be used in v11 or v12 or a small conversion to do the same. The application will not be so lucky.
    if a windows version, It may be a bit easier.
    if alpha v7 or later, it is pretty easy
    I and a number of others on here do these conversions as a standard practice.
    alpha v10 may run ok in win10, depending on the features used. It probably will do fine/better just updating to v11 or v12.
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    Default Re: Easiest way to convert a Alpha 5 v10 relational database to another program

    We were running Windows 7 on our PC's and upgraded them all to Windows 10 Pro.

    We have had no issues running Alpha Five V10 in what is called compatibility mode on Windows 10.

    You cannot run Alpha Five V10 in native Windows 10 mode, you will see the following message if you do ...

    "Notice: Alpha Five is not licensed for this operating system.
    Contact Alpha Software at www.alphasoftware.com for upgrade information"

    After installing Alpha Five V10 Developer or Runtime you will have to go to C:\Program Files\a5V10\alpha5.exe or C:\Program Files\a5V10 Runtime\alpha5.exe and
    open Properties > Compatibility > Compatibility mode > Run this program in Compatibility mode for: Then Select Windows 7 from the drop down menu.
    Last edited by markG; 03-06-2017 at 03:27 PM.

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