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3 laptops with Windows 7, 1 new laptop with Windows 10 - ACT! 2011

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3 laptops with Windows 7, 1 new laptop with Windows 10 - ACT! 2011

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Today, I purchased a new laptop with Windows 10 Pro. I haven't tried ACT! 2011 on it but I'm assuming there will be issues(?).

What are my options if I want to keep my other 3 laptops running ACT! 2011? Can I just buy a newer version of ACT! for the new laptop? Will running a newer version mess with the 2011 database in the host? Certainly don't want to turn this into a mess.

 

Please advise. Thanks in advance!

 

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Re: 3 laptops with Windows 7, 1 new laptop with Windows 10 - ACT! 2011

Yes there will be many issues trying to run ACT! 2011 on Windows 10. No you can't share a database between different versions of the ACT! program. For one thing the latest version of the ACT! program uses a different version of MSSQL than ACT! 2011.

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Re: 3 laptops with Windows 7, 1 new laptop with Windows 10 - ACT! 2011

You'll want at least 1 license of Act Pro v18.  Act is licensed per user, not machine, but has a soft limit of 3 activations per license.  Support can override this limit if all 4 are your laptops but it violates terms of service to have multiple users share a license.  Act Pro is only $239 per user so my best recommendation would be to buy one license per user, then you can just upgrade all 4 machines in place.  database files would stay in the same spot and it should be a relatively straightforward upgrade.

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Re: 3 laptops with Windows 7, 1 new laptop with Windows 10 - ACT! 2011

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Act! 2011 will ave issues with Windows 10 ...

Even trying to get it installed is messy as Act! 2011 came with SQL 2008, which Microsoft won't let run on Windows 10. You need to manually install SQL 2008 R2 first ... and this might cause compatibility issues with the other systems if they're not updated.

You have two basic options:
1. See if the laptop OEM will downgrade you to Windows 7, as per: https://www.microsoft.com/OEM/en/licensing/sblicensing/Pages/downgrade_rights.aspx
2. Get v18 for all users ... If you're the only user, you can do this with one license. If each laptop is a different user in Act!, you'll need to get v18 for all the users.

I'd recommend option #2 ... If you do this, when upgrading the other users, uninstall Act! and SQL 2008 from the old machines before installing v18. Otherwise, you'll have the old 2008 version of SQL still on the old machines rather than the new 2014. You want them all to be on the same version of SQL if you can