Last May in this article I covered the procedure for migrating FactoryTalk ViewStudio projects to Windows 7 Profession 64 bit by using Rockwell’s legacy tag database conversion utility.
In today’s article we’ll discuss an easier way to migrate your old 32bit APA’s that also doesn’t require access to a PC running a 32bit OS.
The easy way to migrate old ViewStudio APA project files
So you have a pile of old APA files you need to migrate for use with ViewStudio 6.1 – 8.0 running on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit?
If that’s the case, following the below steps will allow you to migrate all your APA files without having to import or export anything.
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Step 1) Install Windows XP Mode (more info in this article)
Until a wizard from Rockwell figures out how to open old 32bit Watcom tag databases on Windows 7 64 bit, we’re going to need access to a 32bit OS to convert pre 6.1 ViewStudio applications for use on 64 bit operating systems.
However, you don’t actually need a PC running Windows XP or Windows 7 32 bit because Windows 7 Professional includes an XP emulator with these two advantages:
While other free virtualization software does exist, to use those packages you’d still need to come up with a Windows XP or Windows 7 32bit license.
That just simply isn’t needed when using Windows XP mode with Wndows 7.
– Software installed on Windows XP Mode can share your existing FactoryTalk ViewStudio license
If you only have one license for FactoryTalk ViewStudio, and it’s already activated on your new Windows 7 Pro 64 bit PC, you may find it easier to use XP mode and let it share the FTA license installed on your host versus swapping the license back and forth between an old and new PC.
Step 2) Install FactoryTalk ViewStudio 6.1 (or greater) into Windows XP Mode
So in this step you need to launch Windows XP Mode, and then install ViewStudio 6.1 or greater onto it.
Step 3) Use the FTView Application Manager in Windows XP Mode to restore your 32bit projects
Now that you have ViewStudio installed, your next step is to use the FTView Application Manager to restore all your 32bit APA’s in XP Mode.
To make it easy to do so, Windows XP Mode automatically creates “shares” to all your “host’s” drives in “My Computer,” so you should have no problem accessing your old APA files while in XP Mode.
Step 4) Open each application in ViewStudio
This little known feature eliminates any need to run the legacy database conversion utility.
So in summary, the only thing you need to do to convert a 32bit ViewStudio project on Windows XP or Windows 7 32bit is to open them with ViewStudio 6.1 or higher.
Step 5) Re-create APA project archive files for each project, and copy them back to your host
Now that you’ve opened and closed all your 32bit projects, you’re ready to archive them and copy them back to your host PC.
Do this by simply running the FTView Appplication Manager and making an APA archive file for each project. Then open “My Computer” and copy your new APA files back to your Windows 7 host.
I hope this article about an easy way to convert your 32bit ViewStudio projects was helpful.
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