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Reinstall or upgrade Ancestris (M)

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  • If a new version of Ancestris is out and you want to upgradebenefit from it. For instance, upgrading from version 10 to version 11.
  • If there was a major modification of the same version,version, usually the daily version,version. orFor thereinstance, waswhen the Ancestris teams makes changes to the ancestris platform, they will ask you to reinstall. To be notified of such changes, you will need to subscribe to the distribution list.
  • If a change has happened to your device,computer, andof youif needsome toAncestris reinstallfiles theare versionlost. youIn had.this situation, Ancestris might no longer work properly.

In eitherall case,these itsituations, your action will consist in reinstalling Ancestris.

When reinstalling Ancestris, you will automatically be able to preserve your customizations.


Reinstalling Ancestris on the same computer

It is up to you to decide if you want to reinstall Ancestris at the same location on your computer or not.

In anyeither case, we recommend you to get rid of the former Ancestris instance and just replace the software files. 

In case you were to keep two different instances of Ancestris on the same computer, Ancestris might get confused as there is only one set of user settings.settings.


Reinstalling Ancestris on a second computer

If you are to install Ancestris on a second computer, just proceed as a regular first time installation.installation.

If you want to have the same user settings on both computer,computers, you will have initially to copy the user settings folder from one computer to the other one.

Alternatively, you can also use the export button of the Ancestris preferences window.



Reinstalling pleaseAncestris followmain version 10

To reinstall the instructionsmain below.version, while preserving your user settings, just proceed as a regular first time installation.

It should be much quicker as java should already be installed and your Ancestris launcher is already set.

In practice, is will consist in simply replacing the 5 folders described in the following steps.


ReinstallReinstalling orAncestris upgradedaily stepsversion 11

To upgrade from the main version 10 to versionthe 11,Daily version, or reinstall versionthe 11,daily version, while preserving your user settings, follow the steps below.

  • Quit Ancestris, if it is running
  • Download the daily version 11 from the Ancestris web site and decompress the ZIP file
  • Go to the folder ancestris on the locationfolder of the previous installation
  • Delete the following 5 folders
    • ancestris
    • bin
    • etc
    • harness
    • platform
  • Replace them with the recently downloaded corresponding 5 folders
  • Restart Ancestris as usual

In case some settings no longer work, or are not compatible with the new version, please refer to the User settings page if you want to manage them yourself.



If you do not have any personal settings, just follow the instructions for a brand new installation.