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Moving to a new computer
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DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrantbigdog
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What is the best way to move my DVD Profiler database to a new computer?
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorLJG
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Back it up. Either online or onto a jump drive of some sort (flash drive). Go into the program. Click on the Online option. Chose "DVD Profiler Online." Then upload your database. Make sure you upload and not download.

When on your new computer, do the same thing, except instead of uploading, you want to download.

Option 2: Click "File," then "backup Database." Make sure when you see the option of where to backup, you chose some sort of portable device. When on your new computer, chose the "restore database" option. This can take several minutes depending on the size of your database.
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Using the online option is not really a good way to backup. It's more of a last resort way.

Start DVDP and choose File -> Backup database.

Save the file toa flash drive or a network drive.

Then on the new computer, install DVDP and then choose File -> Restore database.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorscotthm
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Using the online option is not really a good way to backup. It's more of a last resort way.

Agreed.  You will definitely want to restore from a local backup, and do not disturb Profiler on your old PC until your backup has been restored to DVDP your new PC.

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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorrdodolak
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I recommend creating a backup as an archive, but you can simply copy some of the file structure over to the new computer.

The main directory is the following, but the others are optional depending on what you have.

<drive>:\Users\<user account>\Documents\DVD Profiler\Databases

If you have customized your layout from the standard default, you can copy over the following file:

<drive>:\Users\<user account>\AppData\Local\DVD Profiler\layout.dpl
DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile RegistrantStar Contributoreommen
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Perhaps stating the obvious, but do not forget to copy your registration data (actually, of every application you want to 'migrate'). As long as you can log on to this site, your registration data can also be found in the 'Registration' tab of this website's main menu.
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DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrantbigdog
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Thanks for all the tips. Sounds like backing it up to a flash drive (I guess I could use a NAS drive too?) would be the best option and then restore from there.

I did find me old registration data on here which is good as I had no idea where that was originally saved.
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar Contributorrdodolak
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I did find me old registration data on here which is good as I had no idea where that was originally saved.


Since it sounds like you have access to the old computer, in DVD Profiler you can also find your registration info from the registration screen:

1. Tools -> Registration Information... from the menu bar.
2. Click on the View your Unlimited Registration Key button on the Program Registration popup window
DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile RegistrantStar Contributoreommen
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...backing it up to a flash drive (I guess I could use a NAS drive too?)...


Anything that your old computer can write your backup file to and your new computer can read will do. Whether that's a NAS, cloud storage, a removeable disk (USB/flash/SD card, USB/portable hard disk, ...). Just check the size of the backup file when created to avoid problems...
Though paper tape punch and floppy disks are a bit outdated I'm afraid         
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Though paper tape punch and floppy disks are a bit outdated I'm afraid         


HAHA  paper cards and tape were way before my time.  I did use a bunch of floppies both 5.25" and 3.5" way back then though.  I remember when Windows NT was on floppies.
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Though paper tape punch and floppy disks are a bit outdated I'm afraid         


HAHA  paper cards and tape were way before my time.  I did use a bunch of floppies both 5.25" and 3.5" way back then though.  I remember when Windows NT was on floppies.


Beat you, I remember installing Windows 3.0 from Floppy Disk. Then from then on the tedious upgrades though to now Windows 10 1903.
DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile RegistrantStar ContributorDJ Doena
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Beat you, I remember installing Windows 3.0 from Floppy Disk. Then from then on the tedious upgrades though to now Windows 10 1903.


Windows 3.0 was my first one as well. Back in 1991 upon a DR-DOS 6.0. Then going through the motions MS-DOS 5.0 to 6.22 and on the Windows side 3.1, 95 (A. B and C), 98 and 98 2nd Edition, skipped ME, used 2000 and XP, skipped Vista, then 7, 8, 8.1 and now 10.


Wanna know why there wasn't a Windows 9?

Because for programmers there's a way to query the Windows version to find out on which Windows your program is running. And lazy bastards that we are, lotsa software still has the question "Is Windows version like 'Windows 9*'?" for Windows 95 and Windows 98. 
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So who's the oldest grumpiest    IT-person in this thread?

In my early twenties when I was studying physics and IT at university, started using mainframe computers using paper tape and 8 inch floppy disks (mini computers, one interfaced by the legendary —and noisy— Teletype 33) as well as punched cards and a TSO terminal for the mainframe. Had my personal back-up storage on DEC-tape. Programming in Algol60, Fortran, APL, PL/1, Pascal, DEC PDP assembler and not to forget IBM mainframe JCL — byzantine unless you really understood the hardware...
The PC arrived at that time. Started out with a Commodore 64 doing my own word processing (and of course games). Migrated to a proper PC, though not from IBM, OS was DOS, I think it was v3.0. If memory serves me well it relieved me of about 15,000 Dutch guilders, at current (!!) conversion rates 6800 € (±7000 $ or ±6600 £).
Also in my profession as IT consultant, using the first usable (IMHO) PC graphic interface: GEM, using a very good CASE tool which I never saw matched on Windows. 5 inch floppy disk era, no proper alternative. No internet, just Compuserve text based dial-in interface.
Worked for a telco when mobile phones started to be more affordable and common, from 1997 onward. Mind you, the smartphone era was still a decade in the future then.

I know there are still other 'ancient ones' active on this site, but who?
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I won't go into my whole IT history, but suffice to say that my first IT experience was a summer job in 1966 as computer operator on an IBM 1401 mainframe with 16k (!) core memory. Both source code and compiled object code for the programs were stored on punched cards. Good times! 
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DVD Profiler Desktop and Mobile Registrantmediadogg
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Oh well, guess I'd better 'fess up also. Background very similar to eommen, starting on DEC PDP machines with paper and magnetic tape while in EE grad school. Went on to join IBM in 1970 and first assignment was on IBM 1130 with 2250 display and "light pen" (pre-mouse). Wrote a prototype of electronic spreadsheet in Fortran, before Apple, Lotus and Visicalc had a clue. Went on to building numerous mainframe based prototypes and client / server with System 7 (with a teletype keyboard). Meanwhile, in a little garage in California ... well suffice it to say that the spreadsheet never took hold by running on a mainframe. IBM finally caught up, and even recovered from the disastrous plane crash that killed nearly the entire brain trust of its PC strategy. I eventually became a PC specialist and client / server systems architect, designing and selling systems to the NYC Finance community. I've messed with every kind of computer from DEC to Data General to IBM to Apple to HP to Radio Shack - strangely not Commodore, not sure why. And I've worked on DEC assembler and "FOCAL", IBM Assembler, Fortran, CICS, TSO, MVS and IBM Unix. I still have a 20 pound IBM "portable" PC in my attic, along with one of the first RISC-base laptops, using the same chip that Apple machines used for years, before they switched to Intel.  (OMG, I just participated in co-opting this thread. Apologies to the OP, I just noticed.)
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