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Subject: Re: Re-Post 5.5.6 upgrade and customization
From: jeremy@xxxxxxxxx (Jeremy H. Griffith)
Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 17:26:53 GMT
Organization: Omni Systems, Inc.
On Tue, 20 Oct 1998 09:34:20 -0400, John Pilla <JPILLA@optum.com> wrote: >Is there an elegant way to preserve menu, toolbar, and *.cfg file >customizations while 'upgrading' to 5.5.6 from 5.5.2? > >(Win95a) I don't know if you could call it "elegant" <g>, but here's what I'd do (and have done in similar situations before). 1. Copy all the modified config files to a matching directory tree under a different top directory. 2. Do the upgrade to a new directory (always good practice). 3. Test the upgrade with an assortment of your own docs. 4. If all is well, do a WinDiff (or similar) comparison of the config files, and make sure you understand each change. 5. Copy the unmodified config files from the upgrade that you intend to change to a matching directory tree under yet another top directory. 6. Make the specific changes to achieve your desired config to the upgrade, and test some more. If you have problems, you can back out of your changes one by one, referring to those two saved sets of config files. >((Since Adobe's version of upgrading is a complete reinstall, vice >upgrading the applicable files already installed.)) With some applications, installing over the previous version *may* result in your configurations being retained. Even installing elsewhere may do that; when I installed Office 97, it picked up my Office 95 settings, even though I did not overwrite it (and Office 95 still works too). Or overwriting may wipe your config settings instead; there's no real "standard" behavior here. However, installing over is risky in a couple of ways. First, you lose the previous version, which may suddenly become very important if you have trouble with the new one. I have Frame 4.0, 5.1, and 5.5.1 installed on the same system currently, and am glad of it. (So OK, I haven't *used* 4.0 in a while... ;-) I have the 5.5.3 CD on hand, and doubtless will buy 5.5.6. And 6.0, ad infinitum... With large hard disks so inexpensive, my previous installations shall remain throughout. The second install-over risk is that the installer may fail to install a newer version of some component because it is already there. No, install programs do *not* always check versions; one of the most common *never* does, it just writes over. You just don't know what the installer will do, this time, and such an installer error may be impossible to find (and take up great chunks of your time in the process). I'd stick with the steps I listed above; it may be tedious, but it's as safe as it gets. It won't protect you from any problems caused by the installer putting in newer (or just different, maybe older) *system* DLLs in your Windows or Windows\System directories, so the truly paranoid (like me) would begin with a system backup to tape (or to another hard disk) so that the registry and system components are all recoverable in case of disaster. Just copying your Windows directory tree elsewhere would help a lot, if you have the space; you can discard it after you are satisfied with your test results. Good luck with the upgrade! Please let us know how it turns out; I'm sure many are hovering in indecision about whether to do it (FM 5.5.6), and every bit of feedback helps... -- Jeremy H. Griffith, at Omni Systems Inc. (firstname.lastname@example.org) http://www.omsys.com/ ** To subscribe to Free Framers, email the message ** ** body "subscribe framers" to email@example.com ** ** To unsubscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org ** ** with "unsubscribe framers" (no quotes) in the body. **