Re: Version 7 Installation

Bob Brown

Many thanks to Mike, Lorna, Neil and Robin for your prompt and very helpful replies.  I, too, am not going to upgrade before January; I am just making plans.


Another approach that I have thought of is to download V7 onto both machines but not install it (is this possible?), then switch of the router to prevent any communication to anywhere, install V7 on both and then turn on the router.  Problem here is that I do not know how upset Dropbox would get?


I should have said in my first email a very big thank you to all of you who respond so quickly to our cries for help (I do not know how you find the time; any tips?) and wish you all a very happy, and question-free, Christmas.




From: [] On Behalf Of Neil Grantham via
Sent: 19 December 2020 09:01
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Version 7 Installation


Isn't there a potential issue with this Lorna?

If he opens v6 on the laptop and it auto-opens the project, there could be problems as it will be then opening the converted V7 project?


When I was beta testing, I made a copy of my v6 project to a new structure at the side on OneDrive (similar concept to Dropbox), so essentially I had

FH v6 Projects

FH v7 Projects


I then upgraded the newly created project in the folder 'FH v7 Projects' leaving v6 intact.


When upgrading of course, starting up v7 for the first time opens the project window, so I set the v7 structure as the new default, then set my default project to my 'Beta' project


My thoughts would be do not open v6 on the laptop given the potential to mess up the converted project?


Best Wishes



------ Original Message ------
From: "Lorna Craig via" <l.m.craig@...>
Sent: Friday, 18 Dec, 2020 At 22:06
Subject: Re: [family-historian] Version 7 Installation

The important point is that once the files have been changed and downloaded to the laptop you must not open the files using V6 on the laptop. So you must install V7 on the laptop as soon as the files have been changed.

As an extra precaution, before installing V7 on either computer you could use the Project window in V6 on the laptop to change the location where FH is looking for your projects, so that if you do inadvertently open V6 on the laptop after the files have been changed it won't find the projects and can't do any harm. Then once V7 is installed on the laptop change the location back to the correct path.


On 18/12/2020 21:51, Bob Brown wrote:

My apologies if this has been raised before, but I cannot recollect seeing it.

I keep all of my FH files in Dropbox so that they can be accessed from both PC and laptop (not at the same time!). If I load V7 on the PC, I assume there will be some changes to the files in Dropbox. These will then automatically be uploaded to Dropbox and downloaded to the laptop. What impact will these changed files have on loading V7 onto the laptop and should I take any precautions? (apart from having up-to-date backups which, incidentally, are not kept in Dropbox).



Neil Grantham
Using FH 7 & AS 7
Researching Grantham, Skuce, Barrow, Birchall.

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