How to move Easify V3 to another computer

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Transferring Easify to another computer is not something that you would do on a regular basis, and is an unfamiliar task for most people. As such we've prepared this guide to take you through the process step by step.

Transferring Easify is quite a simple process when you know how, and comprises nothing more clever than backing up Easify on the old computer, and restoring it to the new one.

1. Backing up the Original Computer

To backup Easify on the old computer, launch Easify and from the main menu select Tools > Backup.

In the Backup Easify dialogue click the Backup Easify Now button to backup Easify.

Note Easify will save the backup on the computer where the database is situated, so ensure that you carry out this procedure on the actual computer that the database is installed on. In other words, if you backup Easify using Computer A, but the database is on Computer B then the backup will be saved on Computer B.

When the backup has succesfully completed you will be given the path and filename of the backed up database as shown below:

Now browse your computer to the file highlighted in the above screenshot, and copy the backup file to a USB pen drive or burn it to a CD (or other means of getting the file off the old computer). You will need to copy this file to the new computer in the next part of the procedure.

2. Preparing the New Computer

Now that you have your backup ready to go, it's time to prepare the new computer so that you can restore the backed up Easify database to it.

This is also the point in the procedure that you would start with if you were restoring Easify as part of a disaster recovery process. For example if your Easify database computer has failed, you can carry on from here to re-install Easify and restore your database to a new computer.

First you will need to install Easify on the new computer. Just opt for a standard installation and accept all the default options. See here for full details on performing a standard installation.

Note We recommend that you download and install the latest version of Easify from our website, however if you have a copy of the original installation file that you used on the original computer you can use that instead.

3. Restoring Easify on Your New Computer

Now that you have a fresh installation of Easify on your new computer it is time to restore the database that you backed up in the first half of this procedure.

First you will need to copy the backup file that you created earlier into the correct folder on your new computer. Unfortunately the path of the folder can vary depending on whether you have any other Microsoft SQL based programs on your computer, fortunately there is an easy way to find the correct folder.

To locate the correct folder to copy your backup file to, launch Easify and carry out a backup as described at the start of this article, only this time you will be using the new computer and the fresh install of Easify.

When you get the Backup Success dialogue, note the path that Easify has saved the backup to - this is the location where you should copy your backup file to.

Browse your computer to the path as highlighted in the screenshot above (or whatever your path is if different) and copy your original backup file to this location.

Note If you are moving to a computer running a 64 bit version of Windows, the destination Program Files folder path will actually be Program Files (x86).

Now you need to restore the original backup file, from Easify click the Tools > Restore menu.

You will be prompted to confirm that you want to restore Easify, since you are restoring to a fresh install there isn't much to debate here so click the Yes button to continue.

When you click the Yes button, Easify will close and the Restore Easify wizard will launch itself.

In the list of backup descriptions you will see three backup files (assuming you have followed this procedure correctly). Two will have been created just now when you did the backup of the fresh install of Easify to determine the path of the backup files. The other will be the backup file you originally created in the first half of this procedure.

Select the backup file that you copied from the old computer.

Note Easify backup file names consist of the Year, Month, Date and time in 24hr format so it is easy to tell which backup file you need.

When you have selected the correct backup file, click the Restore Easify Now button.

If everything goes according to plan you will see the dialogue above telling you that your database has been successfully restored.

Click OK to close the dialogue and you're done. You can now launch Easify on your new computer and it will contain all the data from your old computer.

4. Restoring an Older Version of Easify

If you have restored an older version of the Easify database than the fresh version of Easify you have installed on the new computer, you will be met with the following dialogue when you try to launch Easify:

In the above example the backup was of an Easify V3.22 database whereas the freshly installed version of Easify is V3.38.

This can be easily fixed by simply re-running the Easify installation, and when asked whether you would like to upgrade Easify to the latest version select Yes.

Continue with the rest of the installation wizard and your old version database will be upgraded to the latest version.

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