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Wanting to upgrade old Mastercook program to meld to new computer

I have an old Mastercook program 5.02 from Sierra copywright 1999. I have successfully been using it on my Dell Windows XP computer. We are currently in the market for a new computer, and I want to make sure that I can transfer all of my cookbook files and program to a new computer. I would gladly update to the newest Mastercook program but don't want to risk losing what I have.
What is the best way to go about this? What type of computer system do you recommend to accept my files, Windows XP or Vista?

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I am running VISTA on my desktop and Windows 7 on my laptop and MasterCook 5.0 works great on both....hope that helps.

Posted on Jul 31, 2012

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    I am running VISTA on my desktop and Windows 7 on my laptop and MasterCook 5.0 works great on both....hope that helps.


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I have an older version of Mastercook. I'm not sure of the version, my computer crashed and all my recipes are in there. I have my disk restored, but when I try to open Mastercook, particularly my cookbook it tells me it is not compatible with my version of windows? Any suggestions??? I am not beyond upgrading, but only if I know it is going to get my recipes back.

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ValuSoft says that MasterCook 9.0 is only supported in Windows 98-XP. Specifically not Vista compatible. What's wrong with these people? I have Vista and didn't realize until tonight that some of MasterCook doesn't work right. So, buy XP.

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