Some considerations when moving GENP to a new computer

Some Considerations when moving GENP to a new computer.

This is the ideal time to make sure you have backed up all your data. It is also an ideal time to upgrade to the latest version of the program.

The first consideration is the more important one!

Lets assume that you only have one GenBase called Jones. In this case you need to:

1) Do a backup of Jones.

2) Make a copy of the backup and copy it to your new computer.

3) Do a backup of your System tables. These store information on your GenBases.

4) Make a copy of that backup and copy it to your new computer.

 

Lets assume that you have a number of GenBases named Jones and Morgan. In this case you need to:

1) Do a backup of Jones.

2) Do a backup of Morgan.

3) Make a copy of these backups and copy them to your new computer.

4) Do a backup of your System tables. These store information on your GenBases.

5) Make a copy of that backup and copy it to your new computer.

 

How do you copy all these files to your new computer? You will probably want to burn these files to a CD or DVD or copy to a memory stick. Put this media away somewhere safe as you may need to refer to it in a few months time.

Further considerations relate to any Themes or Timelines or Queries etc. you may have authored. For example, if you have authored a Timeline then you will also need to make a copy of that Timeline and copy it to your new computer.

Check if your program is the latest version. You can do this in two ways. Either:

1) Manually check the website and read what the latest version is.

Or

2) Run the program. In the menu Help choose 'Check for Updates'. This will tell you if you have the latest version or not.

 

If you don't have the latest version then download it onto your new machine and install it on your new machine.

When you run GENP you will have to re-register the program. Check that everything looks allright.

Now restore your System Tables from the backup. Now restore each of your GenBases from their backups.

If the folder structures on your new machine are the same as your old machine then the locations of the GenBases will be exactly the same. In this case when you try to Open Jones then Jones will open alright.

If Jones does not open then you will need to change the location of Jones in the System Tables. This is straightforward. There is a Help button on the dialog to assist you.

Please Note: The above instructions state that you will need to install the program on your new machine. Copying the program folders and restoring them to your new computer will not work! You must reinstall the software!

(2010 Aug 2)

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