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How Do I Move Information from one computer

by monica 211 / April 13, 2016 8:31 PM PDT

I have a laptop with Vista, and just got one with Windows 7. I have been using Ancestry's Family Tree Maker 11 for over 13 years. I cannot seem to find the disk.
How can I get this to my new computer, software and all the work I have done. There is a lot of work, photos etc. And like the format. Ancestry is no longer in this business. Thank you.

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Clarification Request
why can't you install the program normally?
by James Denison / April 14, 2016 6:14 AM PDT

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Re: moving
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 14, 2016 12:11 AM PDT

If you lost the disk to install it on your new PC, all you can do is copy the folder from Program Files that contains the program from your old to your new PC. It might work then, and it might not work, you only know after you tried.

All data your entered yourself is in some other folder. Just copy that folder to the place where the program expects it. Or restore it from your backup. Surely you make a regular backup of all that info that you don't want to lose, don't you?

To copy anything, use a USB-stick.


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More Info on Moving Files
by monica 211 / April 14, 2016 5:07 PM PDT
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Thank you James and Kees.

I have FTM 11 from 2003, and love the format.
I have it backed up on flash drives, but cannot open it.
Maybe because it is an FTW file.
Is there something else I can do, please?
I appreciate your help.
And the info on retiring my laptop.

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what's wrong with 2014 version?
by James Denison / April 14, 2016 9:42 PM PDT

It won't open those files? I'd expect it to be able to at least "import" them and change to updated file format.

Tried changing file ending on any file, to see if it will open in another program, such as to *.doc and see if it will open in Wordpad, or WORD, or Open Office?

This supposedly opens such files and it's a free download. Worth a try?
Family Tree Maker software

This says you can use 2005 version to import and convert to the newer file formats currently used in 2012 and 2014.

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Moving Files
by monica 211 / April 15, 2016 9:06 AM PDT

Hi James,

Thanks for your help.
I did, on another computer, download the 2005 version. But, it is a 2 week trial, and I do not think we get the finished product, so to speak.
I have been in touch with mackiev about the new version.
It is really a question of being comfortable with what I have and I do not know what the update would look like..
There is so much info I have and it is easy to go to what I need.
So far, the 2005 version is awkward. Not sure if that is a bare bones trial.

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Well, maybe you can locate an install disc
by James Denison / April 15, 2016 11:10 AM PDT
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this is a path you might consider
by James Denison / April 15, 2016 11:19 AM PDT
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