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4.2. Upgrading the Network Edition from a previous version.

To upgrade your software, follow these instructions:

1. Find out what the original version you are using. To do this, run the original program, then click on the Help menu on top of the screen, then click on About...

This will display a window with the version number listed.

2. Then download the upgraded software and install it, or just download and install the free download as listed on our web site.

Star Bill of Lading NE - Select NE version...

3. If you are converting the Network Version, you will need to perform a few steps to accomplish the actual data conversion.

You need to know where the old data resides for the previous version. We would assume it is somewhere on your network. If you are upgrading from version 4, or newer, run the Network Workstation Configuration Setup Utility from the previous version. It should be listed under the Windows Menu system under Star Bill of Lading (X), Utilities. 

This will tell you where the data for version (X) resides on your network. 

If you are upgrading from version 3 or below, you will need to locate the file in the installation folder called ads.ini This will tell you where the current data files are located. Be sure to note where this is.

(If you are upgrading from version 6 or 7 to version 8, you do not need to run the conversion utility. The conversion is automatic.)

You will find the conversion programs that needs to be run after the installation of the latest version has also been installed.  You can select this option by clicking on the Windows Start Button, then Programs, Star Bill of Lading (X), Utilities, and then Convert Data from previous version. 

This will run a program that will allow you to select which version you are upgrading from.  

You will be prompted for the folders that contain your old data and where to place the converted data.  
Be sure to select the folder that contains the old data.  And, normally just leave the to location alone. This will tell the program to convert the data over to the local workstation. It is optimal to do this before installing the upgrade on the other workstations.


If everything is correct, then just click on the Convert button. This will take your old data and load it into the latest version database. Then click on Exit. You are done with this step.

4. If everything went smoothly, then you should have a duplicate copy of the database on your local workstation under C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\StarreSoft\Star Bill of Lading\Data (Windows XP or earlier) OR C:\Program Data\StarreSoft\Star Bill of Lading\data (Windows Vista or 7).

You can run the software and verify everything is working correctly. Then you will need to copy this data folder over to a place on your server, shared workstation, or wherever you plan on sharing this information on your network.

5. Then run the Workstation Configuration Setup Utility to point the current workstation to the new data location. Afterwards, be sure to test to be sure the current workstation is running and accessing the data. If this is correct, then we can proceed to the other workstations.

6. Download and install the latest version of the software on each workstation. Run the Network Workstation Configuration Setup Utility on each workstation to point to the new data location. They should be up and running and accessing the new data.

7. After you have upgraded to the latest version, you may be prompted for a registration key. If so, just request a new key, and we will make sure you are valid on your support license. If you are, then we will send you a new set of keys. Key them into each workstation. That is about all there is.

One think we must mention, if you have any data already in the latest version, this will be lost during the conversion, as the data from the previous version will overwrite everything in the latest version. We just need to mention this in case you have any data already in the latest version.



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