Step-by-step installation of version 13 on Windows

This page shows step-by-step how to install Ancestris on a Windows system.

The sections below are independent and do not all need to be done.

Screens shown might look different from those of the current Ancestris web site or the current Ancestris software version.

Knowing which Java version you use

Java Control Panel

Open the Windows Control Panel and then the Java Control Panel.

On its General tab, click 'About' to check the installed Java version.


On its Security tab, untick 'Enable Java content for browsers and Web Start applications' to improve security.


Command prompt

Alternatively, these steps let you identify which version of Java is running on your system.

1 - Open a Windows PowerShell window and enter CMD or open a Command Prompt window.

2 - Type java -version at the prompt. You will obtain a display as below, which shows that Java Version 8 (aka 1.8) 64-Bit is installed. Otherwise, it means java is not installed. Follow these instructions to install it.

java version "1.8.0_221"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_221-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.221-b11, mixed mode)

If it shows "64 Bit", you have Java 64-Bit installed and you will be able to run ancestris64.exe to launch Ancestris
If it does not show 64-Bit, you have installed Java 32-Bit and you will not be able to launch Ancestris with ancestris64.exe. It will not find Java. You will need to launch Ancestris with ancestris.exe.

3 - Type exit once or twice to close the command window.

Install Ancestris version 13

Follow the instructions below from your Windows system.

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