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How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - sic0048 - 05-24-2021

Since there isn't really a good walk-though on this yet, I thought I would post my experience.

I've avoided upgrading to the latest "open source" version because I simply didn't need to upgrade and I thought the process was going to be complicated.  But then I had an issue with my parents system and I had to replace their computer and restore their CQC system from a backup (one that was generated during a previous upgrade).  I thought it would be a good time to upgrade because I was going to have to bother Dean for a new license since the install was on a new computer.  EDIT - Let me clarify..... I had restored their system on the new computer to version 5.2.9 and it was in good working order (but I did not activate a license for that version. I was operating under the "trial" time frame). You need to be on a working CQC version (ie not in an uninstalled status) for the upgrade process to work.

First, I started out on version 5.2.9.  If you are on an earlier version and try to install a version like 5.3.2, the installer might tell you to install some other intermediate version. If this happens, install the version that is mentioned and then continue on. The installation system is really good about walking you through the required versions and won't let you skip any required versions. In other words, if the process requires you to install a particular version as a stepping stone before continuing on, the system will tell you which version needs to be installed.

From 5.2.9 I was forced to upgrade to 5.3.2 (https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Downloads/Installers/CQCInstSE_5_3_2.exe) as one of these "stepping stone" versions. If you are on a version that is lower than 5.3.2, you will have to upgrade to 5.3.2 before continuing on. If you are already on a version 5.3.2 or later you can simply go to the next step.

From version 5.3.2 or later, you have to upgrade to 5.4.914 (https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Downloads/Installers/CQCInstSE_5_4_914.exe)
From version 5.4.914 (or later) you have to upgrade to 5.4.917 (http://www.charmedquark.com/web2/Downloads/Installers/Beta/CQCInstSE_5_4_917.exe)

Once I was on 5.4.917, I was able to go directly to the latest version which at the time I did the installation was 6.0.2 (https://www.charmedquark.com/Web2/Downloads/Installers/CQCInstSE_6_0_2.exe)

The process ended up being much simpler than I had expected.  All the updates went though without any issues (and I didn't even reboot between updates).  It must be working properly, because when I start any of the CQC apps, it does not prompt me for a license!

Anyway, I hope this can help some people upgrade without too much trouble.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - ellisr63 - 06-23-2021

At what point did you transfer your old files to the new one? Do you just copy Bin or the other folder too?


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - sic0048 - 06-24-2021

I didn't have to copy any files over. The upgrade process is seemless.

I was lucky enough that I had a backup of the CQC system in another drive that I used to restore their system before upgrading it. It was a backup that is optionally produced when you upgrade versions.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - ellisr63 - 07-02-2021

I tried that and when I did the upgrade it wants a registration. Do you remember the old way of copying folders to your latest update to retain your settings? I am not sure if it is all folders or specific ones anymore.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - LesAuber - 07-02-2021

IIRC you'll get the registration notice all the way until version 6.x.

From what I recall rolling back to an earlier version is copying the appropriate CQC directory back to the original location and running the appropriate installer.

Of course YMMV.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - ellisr63 - 07-02-2021

(07-02-2021, 04:59 PM)LesAuber Wrote: IIRC you'll get the registration notice all the way until version 6.x.

From what I recall rolling back to an earlier version is copying the appropriate CQC directory back to the original location and running the appropriate installer.

Of course YMMV.

I think I tried rolling back and then installing 6 last time... I will try that again.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - Dean Roddey - 07-04-2021

You can't import your old stuff or anything. You have start with your orignal, working system, then upgrade forward.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - ellisr63 - 07-04-2021

(07-04-2021, 07:15 AM)Dean Roddey Wrote: You can't import your old stuff or anything. You have start with your orignal, working system, then upgrade forward.
Well...I just uninstalled CQC, but left the folder. I then installed 5.4.914 , and selected already installed and selected the old backup."CQCBackup-20210628_200334-5_4_914". when that was done I updated to 6.02 (CQCInstSE_6_0_2), and it wants my registration number since I had zero days left on the previous install due to a fresh Windows 10 install..
This the registration request it is asking for. AF6F5257FEDFA6F16096A7DD9A963DD3

Now what? Wouldn't this be easier if you would just send the Registration info since it is not updating as you say without a working CQC? I have been trying this for 2 weeks, and nothing has worked, I do not want to lose my previous settings from the old working setup and start over again.


RE: How to Upgrade from 5.X.X to 6.0.X - Dean Roddey - 07-05-2021

As per the instructions above, it's 914, then 917, then 6.x. 917 is what gets rid of the licensing.