7.31. How Do I Run the Data Conversion Utility
First, you need to know where the old data resides for the previous version. The data is either on the default local drive or it is somewhere on your network. If you are upgrading from version 4 or5, run the Workstation Configuration Setup Utility from the previous version. To do this, click the Windows Start Button then Programs (or All Programs) then Star Bill of Lading then Utilities then select Workstation Configuration Setup Utility. Below is a screenshot when using a Windows 7 computer.
This will tell you where the data resides. If you are upgrading from version 3 or earlier, you will need to locate the file in the installation folder called ads.ini This will tell you where the current data files are located. Be sure to note where this is.
Once you have made a note of the file location, you can close this screen.
The following is from a Windows 10 computer.
Second, you need to run the Conversion Utility. This does not need to be run if upgrading from version 6 or newer. You can select this option by clicking on the Windows Start Button, scroll to the Star Bill of Lading folder, then select Convert data from older version.
This will ask you what version you are converting from. Be sure to select the correct version, and click convert.
You will be prompted for the folders that contain your old data and where to place the converted data.
Be sure to select the folder that contains the old data. And, normally leave the 'to' default location alone. This will tell the program to convert the data over to the local workstation. It is optimal to do this before installing the upgrade on the other workstations. If everything is correct, then just click on the Convert button. This will convert your old data and load it into the latest version database. Then click on Exit. You are finished with this step.
If everything went smoothly, then you should have a copy of the converted database on your local workstation under:
- C:\Users\Public\Documents\StarreSoft\Star Bill of Lading\Data
You can run the software and verify everything is working correctly.