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Postby kjiwizard » Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:37 pm

Hello from me Kelvin Inge. I'm looking for advice regarding a very old version of Family Tree Maker - some 20 years old. When I bought this I had to upload a CD and then start recording. A later computer allowed me to run the disc and I was able to transfer the data from the old to the new.

However my latest computer runs windows 8.1 and after a problem with Sony Picture Message I am reluctant to use this old disc as I have only just retrieved all the other files. I have not attempted to install FTM at all as a result. Currently the data is sitting on a memory stick as my new (now old) computer went kerplunk!

Does anyone know if I were to buy the Windows 8 version whether I can import the my data from the stick without problems please?

Many thanks

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Re: Hello

Postby peterd » Thu Oct 22, 2015 4:56 pm

hi kelvin, welcome to the forum,

if you info is on a gedcom file then you would need to check if the new software supports them types of files, most family tree software run on a gedcom, do an internet search for ( gedcom software window 8) some free ones try your file out on them before buying software ?

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Re: Hello

Postby SRD » Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:35 am

Have you tried contacting Ancestry to see if your purchase of Family Tree Maker all those years ago entitles you to free, or reduced price, updates? Or to see if your copy will run with the latest operating systems?
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Re: Hello

Postby kjiwizard » Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:45 pm

Hello all

The response I got from Ancestry was that the disc I have will not work with windows 8 or later

They advise buying the latest version of FTM and then uploading the data from my stick. They say that they cannot guarantee that all data will transfer especially the notes

Dilemma - Do I just get a cheap computer with an early version of windows or bite the bullet?

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Re: Hello

Postby SRD » Tue Nov 24, 2015 7:51 am

You might try uploading your gedcom onto one of the free programmmes, e.g. Legacy or MyHeritage to see if the data corrupts. It shouldn't, gedcoms are usually pretty simple text files (can even be read by a .txt reader).

You might even find that you get along with the free programme, although publishing it on the net will cost.
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