1. I know that there are have been different versions or formats of VHS tapes for different parts of the world. I want to know whether the same is true of software. Is there any compatibility problem between a computer in the US and software which comes from the UK? It sounds like there isn't, but I'd rather ask and be sure.
ANSWER The latest Generations v8.5a is the same all over the world. There is no UK version. There is no compatibility issue.
2. I'm confused by the messages about problems running UK Generations 8.5a on an XP computer. How serious and how common are these problems?
ANSWER We supply and support Generations v8.5a and know it inside out. There are no serious insurmountable problems. If you encounter a problem we have the solution/workaround
3. Will there be any additional problems because I have the Media version of XP?
4. I've seen messages about downloading patches. Does everyone running Generations on an XP computer need patches in addition to the 8.5a software? If so, how many patches are there and where do I get them (all)?
ANSWER There is only one patch for Generations v8.5a. We provide that patch free of charge automatically with all orders. The patch cures a printing problem.
5. I've been told that I can save the data files to the new computer using an Ethernet crossover cable. If I get the UK XP compatible version of Generations 8.5a, will it automatically read the data files from the earlier version or is there something else I'll need to do?
ANSWER Generations .uds family files created by any version of Generations are 100% compatible with v8.5a. You simply install v8.5a, then copy the .uds family files to the new Program Files/Generations folder.
There are many methods of transferring your Generations .uds family files from one computer to another. Here are some suggestions. Floppy disk, USB storage device (memory stick, pen drive etc.), CD disk, e-mail it to yourself, by cable (as you suggest).
Please be aware that it is impossible to open Generations .uds family files directly from a CD. You have to copy the file from the CD to your hard drive and open it from there. This is because Generations needs to read *and* write to the family file all of the time it is open, which is not possible if the file is on a CD-R disk. The read only topic is a red herring. Windows XP automatically removes the read only attribute when you copy the file from a CD-R disk to the hard drive.
6. Is there any hope that there will be future upgrades of Generations Family Tree or are we all holding on to a much-loved family member who will eventually have to be replaced? I have a cousin who's interested in genealogy and has asked what program to get. He's going to take my advice and I need to know what to tell him when he asks about future upgrades. Personally, I'm willing to hang on to Generations as long as I have a computer which will run it. There simply is no comparison.
ANSWER Genealogy.com, the owners of Generations, have decided not to develop the program any more. The latest version 8.5a however works on all versions of Windows on public release and in general use.