Softplan 2016 won't Open after installing Softplan 2108

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rrubinski
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Softplan 2016 won't Open after installing Softplan 2108
SoftPlan Version:
2018

Softplan 2016 won't Open after installing Softplan 2108

 

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Rick

Bill Wimberley
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Overwrite?

Did you overwrite 2016 when installing 2018 or did you install 2018 in a new folder? How are you trying to open 2016? By clicking on a drawing or project file or by clicking on the shortcut to start the program?

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

rrubinski
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Overwrite

It installed it in a folder with the date in the folder name. I used the option to use my settings from 2016.

Bill Wimberley
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Starting

How are you attempting to start 2016?

rrubinski
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Starting

I clicked on my 2016 icon and it opened 2018, then I went to 2016 folder and all of the exe files where missing. I went to properties on the 2016 icon and restored it to the previous version, it opened 2016 then I tried to open 2018 again and I got an error message, I wish I would have took a screen shot of it. So I'm in the process of uninstalling 2016 and 2018 and reinstalling 2016 as I'm typing this message. How should I install 2018 after I get 2016 installed like it was?

 

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Rick

rrubinski
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Starting

I backed up 2016 before I uninstalled it, I hope the backup isn't messed up.

 

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Rick

Bill Wimberley
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Uninstalling

If you are already uninstalling it is too late for a simple solution. When reinstalling accept the defaults and don't monkey with the folder names after it is installed.

rrubinski
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Unistalling

I know not to rename the folders after it is created, I created a new folder called Softplan2016 before I started the installation. It was like the 2018 installation was linked to the 2016 and 2018 folder.

 

 

rrubinski
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Overwrite

When I installed 2016 it created a folder Softplan, when I installed 2018 it named it Softplan 5-09-2017. I removed 2018 and 2016 and I created a folder for 2016 (SoftPlan2106) will that cause a problem? I am going to do the same with 2018 with a folder named(Softplan2018). Its a mess having to install both of them again.

 

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Rick

Bill Wimberley
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Folders

When you renamed your 2016 folder you broke the link in the startup shortcut. You will need to recreate a 2016 shortcut or edit the existing one and change the path to softplan.exe to match the current location. As a general rule, changing folder names of programs after they have been installed is a very bad idea. You end up with orphaned links and registry entries. If I were you I would rename the folders back to what they were originally and leave it that way. Otherwise you may have tons of problems, as you are already beginning to discover.

rrubinski
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Folders

I renamed it when I started to reinstall 2016 again, after I uninstalled both 2016 and 2018.

rrubinski
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Folders

Bill, I clicked on copy my Softplan 2106 configuration. I think this is where both folders got linked together.

rrubinski
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Folders

Bill it works great after I reinstall 2016 and 2108. I don't know what happened the first time.

Thanks

for all of your help

Bill Wimberley
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Great!

I'm glad you were able to get it sorted out laugh

rrubinski
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Great!

This is the folder Softplan 2018 created for my initial installation that caused my problem. When I tried to open 2016 it opened 2108. I looked at the properties for the 2106 icon and it was pointed to 2018, then I tried to change the location back to 2016 folder and all of the exe. files where gone. I don't understand what happened , but all is good now.

 

The attachment was the folder created by Softplan 2018 on my initial installation.

 

Thanks again Bill