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Ca X8 And X7 - Installed On Same Computer

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Hi,

 

Can both Chief Architect X7 and X8 be installed on the same computer without the installations conflicting with each other?  I have heard CA will allow a person to upgrade to X8 but, still be able to use X7.  I just don't want to mess up my X7 installation.

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Yes they can I have X6, x7, and x8 on my main computer and if I looked maybe back farther

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Look at my signature: in Windows 10 I have Chief 10-X8 installed and on my Windows XP hard drive I have Chief 7-X1 installed (they seem to run better in XP than Windows 10). Each is a separate application and they work together (one at a time).

 

DJP

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I have had different versions and multiple instances of the same version

all running at the same time

 

if the PC can handle it - Chief doesn't care

 

Lew

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I have had X7 and X8 running at the same time. After starting X8, start X7 while holding down the control key.

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I've run multiple versions for years together on the same PC

 

no issues

 

Lew

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Lew, did you run a beta version and released simultaneously before? Seems risky until the bugs are worked out?....looks like admin rights are causing some issues and one program won't fully close so the other can be launched. I don't get that since I have 7 on one and 8 beta on the other and I can run both licenses at the same time so it's not a license admin issue I don't think but what do I know.  :wacko:

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I'm running X6, X7 & X8 Beta on the same machine without any problems.

 

Jon

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Terry:

 

yes, I have run beta (not X8 yet) and regular versions

and multiple versions and multiple instances of the same version

 

all on the same PC

 

no issues

 

Lew

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Ok may be worth a try. When I download 8 it will populate my C-Drive where 7 is in a different folder? I keep my work on an external drive in case the computer goes belly up. I take it I need to download all my library files like all Catalogs again, user stays with any plan if i remember right. I got no idea I called CA last week looking for instructions on what I have to do to run both on the same PC or best practices since this will be a first for me? I can't afford to loose work right now.  

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Terry,

 

Chief X8 will automatically install in separate folders.  The biggest thing to remember is that you want to have a separate folder/sub-folders for the X8 plans than for X7.  Once you save a plan in X8 it can not be opened in X7.  So you should make sure you save in X8 to your X8 folders.  That way your X7 plans will still be available.

 

Take a look at Preferences > New Plans > Open and Save As but remember when you open an X7 plan in X8 - immediately save it to your X8 folder.

 

My standard procedure is to copy all the current X7 plan folders to the X8 folder.  You will also need to relink your projects so that the Layouts and Plans are pointing to the correct version folders.

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I keep all my plans in a separate folder for each project

 

I add the ver id to the file name to keep X6 and X7 and X8 separate

if I should work on the same project with different versions

 

also for future reference I know what ver the plan belongs to

 

naming convention:  123_OAK_160125_1310_LBX7.plan

 

LB = my initials, JK would be my partner = that way we know we last worked on the plan

 

Lew

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lot of bugs in x8, been running other versions as well until I installed x8. now cant open x7 or x6 with out it saying I can't run version why'll other version is running. thats after I have already close beta x8. have to reboot to get into x6 or x7. 

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Sounds like some have issues others don't. 

 

I have X8 installed on my new LT below  :D but I don't see X7 download available in my digital locker?... I have it installed on an old LT about ready for the recycle bin  :angry:  :wacko:  :blink:

 

Once 8 is released is 7 no longer available for download or am I blind as a bat? 

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yes, the older version is removed from the digital locker once you download the newest version

 

there is a message to save the older version on your PC

 

contact CA's customer service and they may be able to provide you with it

 

Lew

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Ok thanks Lew. When I opened a X7 plan file in 8 I was prompted to download all core catalogs which it did however how do I get my bonus and user over? I see a coupe options in Library "convert legacy" & "import library" should I run this? 

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Terry:

 

not sure, I have X7 but never got around to installing it

 

kinda rusty as to what/how to download

 

contact CA's customer service

 

Lew

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I believe you will have to reimport all of the bonus and manufacturer catalogs.  I usually save them somewhere on my computer so I don't have to re-download them all.  I would do this step first before importing your User library.

 

To migrate your User Library over:

 

In the X7 library, select the user folder, right click, select export library.

 

Open X8, select library, import and browse to the file you just created.  All your User library will be imported, complete with any shortcuts. 

 

Next step; Library, Update Library Catalogs to make sure everything is up to date

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Just to be clear, there is no reason you can't run multiple versions of Chief Architect on the same computer.  I personally have over 2 dozen different Chief Architect products installed on my computer and I am able to run all of them without any conflicts.

 

The only thing that I am aware of that might be causing some people problems has to do with file associations.  Windows only allows one program to be associated with a given file type.  If you want to be able to double-click on a ".plan" file to automatically launch the program and open the plan, Windows has to know which program you want associated with the plan file.  If you always launch the program first and then open your plan using "File->Open", you should never have any issues.  This is not a new issue because Windows has worked this way for a very long time.

 

A small number of people have reported problems launching X7 after installing X8.  This is a problem in X7 having to do with the two programs fighting over the file associations.  If you try to launch X7 and you get an error message about the program already running (even after restarting your computer), you can solve this problem using the following steps:

 

- Close the program and restart your computer.

- Right click on X7 and click "run as administrator".  The program should open without an issue.  If it doesn't, then please contact tech support for help.

- Open a new plan from within the program, then close the plan, and then close the program.

- You should now be able to run the program normally (not as an administrator).  

 

If you are still having any problems, please contact our tech support for more help.

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another method is to select the .plan file in Windows Explorer

right click on the .plan file and use "open with" to choose which version of Chief to execute

 

Lew

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Good tip Lew, I tend to forget this, along with a lot of other things.

 

Have a great week,Ken

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I was having having trouble opening up Chief Architect X7 tonight.  I installed Chief Arcjitect X8 (Beta) earlier this week.  It turned out that after I ended the process "Chief Architect X7 Premier.exe" and then re-clicked on the program icon, it finally opened the program.  I have a picture below.

 

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