OrganiZATOR User's Guide

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How to upgrade to newer versions

§1  Presentation

If you are a user of OrganiZATOR probably want to keep your installation updated with the latest versions as they become available, to enjoy the new features to be incorporated, as well as bugs corrections as they are being discovered and eliminated [1]. The process is easy, since Zator is an application designed to manage information, and has been taken the utmost care of this process to be as friendly as possible and in ways that preserve the current data of the user.

§2  Upgrade process

The process consist of four steps for each of the installations (zator5.exe files that exist on your intranet).  As you will see, these steps are reduced to two if you use the standard version.

Note: as a precautionary measure, the rules for good practice always advise that you must back up the data before undertaking any changes.

  If you have a registered version, the first step is to deactivate the license (return it to the server).  If you use the standard version this point is not concerned, and can pass directly to the next step. If in your installation coexist standard and registered versions, the deactivation process will be carried out only in the registered versions.

  The next step is to uninstall all the instances of OrganiZATOR that exist on your system. To do this you must use the option Uninstall OrganiZATOR who created the installation wizard in the Start menu. It is important to note here that the removal process does not delete the directory of the installation neither the file zDB1 containing the database (defaults to the directory C:\Program files\Zator Systems\OrganiZATOR5).

  The third step is to download the latest version from the Web and install it in the same directory as before. Keep in mind that in such cases the installation wizard find that the corresponding directory already exists, and displays a message:

The folder


already exists.  Would you like to install to that folder anyway?

You must answer yes.

After of certain other matters, the installation wizard find that in the selected address there is already a zDB1 data file, and displays a new warning:


The file already exist.

Would you like Setup to overwrite it?                                         

Of course the answer must be no, because otherwise your current data will be replaced by de sample dBase included in the standard installation.

  The final step only affects to users of registered versions, and consist of activate the new version (retrieve license from the server).

Note that the auxiliary dBases that might have been created after the initial installation (work areas) are zDB1 files located in directories where there is not an executable Zator5.exe.  These files does not need any special action with regard to updating the executables.


[1]  The news of each version can be seen in the corresponding page Change log.