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Broaderbund Version 6 Family Tree Maker

I just bought a new Gateway Windows Vista. I need to transfer my Version 6 Tree maker from my Old 1997 Packard Bell Computer to the new one. Ancestry tells me Version 6 is not compatable with Windows vista. I have 9,400 entries in my Version 6. I really like the program I upgraded to the 6 from a 5, it was just an upgrade at that time. What shall I do.
Madelyn Selover Evans
madelyn.evans@att.net

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    I hope you have an external back up of your FTM as you could loose a lot if your drive fails.

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Hi madelyn evan,

Version 6 Family Tree Maker is designed to be used with Windows 95 / 98 , therefore in order to use it in Vista you must run your program using Compatinity Mode --> Install your software--> Go to your Desktop --> Right click on the program icon--> properties-->Compatibility--> select one of the versions above
I hope this helps. If so, please take a moment to accept and rate my solution accordingly

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I have been using FTM vs. 6 for years.......and I prefer to continue with it.

I have windows XP and got some viruses. Those problems have been reconciled and I'm using Kaspersky now.

I have over 65,000 people and related information I have been gathering for the last 30 years.

Now my program accepts new persons; but quits when I try to edit their notes; and sometimes old persons when I try to add new notes.

Can you please help me with this?

Sincerely,

Lynn W. Melberg, Ed. D.
Jenelen@comcast.net

Posted on Jul 27, 2011

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I am using an older version of Family Tree maker version 9. I was terrified to think I was going to have to try and transfer my 15K names and data to a new program in order to make it work with my new computer running Win7. I backed up my FTM data from old computer to an external hard drive. I could use the program fine from the external drive.
I tried to copy it over to my new C drive and it would not work.
Confusing to say the least. It works fine on the computer frunning Win7 if I run it from the external drive.
=========================================
****** NOW I have the computer running FTM on my C drive and saving to my C drive with Win7*****
==========================================
If I open the FTM program itself - and click on Help there is a System information tab.
If I click that it shows all kinds of info program version, physical memory,
program directory as C:\FTW
save directory as J:\FTW ( which is my external)
save free space
temp directory
temp free space
platfor
windows directory
system directory
shell
language
country
Printer Driver
Video driver name
Video driver esc
Colors
Resolution
There is a window Run with a drop down that has
Control panel
System editor
DOS shell
Windows explorer
FTM ini
(if I open FTM ini -- I see the following)
======================
[Online]
ProductCode=50900
BrowserPath=C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
Browser=4
BrowserType=32
UniqueID=32274517184b7232cd3555fa
InternetMenuSet=True
[Options]
WFTSubmitHint=False
;DataChangeRange=5
;WFTAddSources=FALSE
;GenReportsMemSize=16777216
;GEDCOMSortOnImport=FALSE
;ODTMultipleSpouseDuplicate=TRUE
;SysColors=TRUE
;RemovableMedia=TRUE
;FamPagFont=Arial
;FamFinderCD=X:\
;DeleteStyles=TRUE
[Usage]
Launch=14
Show=0
[Preferences]
WindowX=-9
WindowY=-9
WindowCX=1698
WindowCY=1020
CueCards=2098811
FamilyFinderReminder=False
FactsPageSort=0
[Files]
LastFile=J:\FTW\(file name).FTW
File1=J:\FTW\(file name).FTW
File2=C:\FTW\(filename).FTW
File3=C:\FTW\(filename).FTW
File4=C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Desktop\EDWARDS norma kite.FTW
[Directories]
DataDir=J:\FTW
[InternetMenu]
InternetMenuNew=False
1=&Articles...'http://www.familytreemaker.com/cgi-bin/ftwmenu.cgi?f=art
2=&Biography Assistant...'http://www.familytreemaker.com/cgi-bin/ftwmenu.cgi?f=bio
3=&Message Boards...'http://www.genforum.com/
4=M&y Home Page...'http://www.familytreemaker.com/cgi-bin/ftwmenu.cgi?f=home
5=&Research Services...'http://www.familytreemaker.com/cgi-bin/ftwmenu.cgi?f=res
12=V&isit Virtual Cemetery...'http://www.genealogy.com/vcem_welcome.html'4
===============================
So what I did do was change
I changed it to read
from
LastFile=J:\FTW\(file name).FTW
change to
LastFile=C:\FTW\(file name).FTW
(the file name is whatever you data is )
I also changed the
DataDir=J:\FTW
to C:\FTW
=======================================================
Saved it on my external drive with those changes and then copied the file over to my C drive.
Once I knew it was on my C drive, I turned off the external hard drive to make sure that there was no access.
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From my computer hard drive C - I opened FTW program and made sure that the settings were changed as above.
LastFile=C:\FTW\(file name).FTW
DataDir=C:\FTW
=======================
I have now pinned the program to my taskbar and put a shortcut onto my desktop and I am running just fine.
I have found no data loss and all functions are running just fine.
I only have made this work with my version 9 as that is the last update I had. I am thrilled to make it work on Win7 without having to purchase a new program just because of Win7.

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