Solved Moving Peachtree Classic Accounting from One PC to Another!

September 11, 2016 at 11:36:16
Specs: Windows 7, i3 / 4GB Ram
Helping a friend - again - upgrade from WinXP to Win7 32-bit for support until 2020 reasons. The main software reason is "Peachtree Classic Accounting DOS V12 - yes, it's very old and I wanted them to toss it and upgrade, but it is what it is. So I am following the directions for "Moving Peachtree Classic to a New Computer" and I get this message: "Drive E: does not have a backup to restore". The command I am using - right out of the book with the location of the backup verified as E - C:\PCA\PTREST E: C:\ /S. Anyone still using this ancient software? Basically, I need to dump the old WinXP computer for a modern computer with a still-supported software OS. Hoping they will finally realize that they must scrap Peachtree Classic Accounting soon.

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September 11, 2016 at 18:45:35
If it's in a folder named 'backup' then the command might be:

C:\PCA\PTREST E:\BACKUP C:\ /S



#1
September 11, 2016 at 15:16:40
This seems to verify you're using the command correctly:

http://forums.peachtreeusers.com/ar...

What type of media is your drive E:? Possibly that old software isn't seeing it the same way windows is.

Is it possible the files are in a subdirectory on E:? It looks like the command is only searching the root directory on E:


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#2
September 11, 2016 at 15:20:39
Oh, and it's possible it's not going to run on windows 7 anyway. You may want to consider installing XP or dos in a virtual machine on that windows 7 computer and run peachtree from there. Or have a dedicated older computer running just that software.

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#3
September 11, 2016 at 16:12:36
The media is a hard drive - and your point is well taken - I'll back up with a floppy next, The software does seem to recognize the hard drive and it is very briefly mentioned in the text book provided with the original software. As far as a sub-directory - the backup is located in the sub-directory E:/BACKUP. I tried that as well with no joy what-so-ever. I am running the software in compatibility mode in Win7 32-bit. It works fine by itself entering a few lines of data. Your point about just having a separate computer running XP may be the answer. More testing over the next week! I considered running the program as a virtual machine, but we are dealing with limited personnel who have limited technical ability. I'll get back next weekend with further results. I appreciate your excellent thoughts to maintain my sanity.

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#4
September 11, 2016 at 18:45:35
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If it's in a folder named 'backup' then the command might be:

C:\PCA\PTREST E:\BACKUP C:\ /S


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#5
September 12, 2016 at 06:33:57
Agree. Still did not work. More playing to do.

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#6
September 13, 2016 at 14:44:42
Still not resolved. Working the issue and hoping for resolution this weekend.

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#7
September 18, 2016 at 12:58:44
Of all things - the DOS program required the use of 1.44 floppies - despite saying you could use media such as a hard drive for backups. Long story short - I did a backup using formatted 1.44 floppies off the original WinXP computer - it took quite a few too. After backing up I followed the accounting software "new computer" transfer procedure - this requires you to use the C:\PCA\PTREST A: C:\ /S command - and it worked. DAVEINCAPS: thanks!

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#8
September 19, 2016 at 18:44:31
I'm glad you got it figured out. The A: in that command specifies the drive. You'd think tha since the drive letter needs to be part of the command that you could change it whatever is needed. Oh well.

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#9
December 14, 2016 at 07:13:47
all you need to do is save your data files and do a fresh install on the new computer. pca will work fine on windows 7 32 or 64 bit but peachtree "intelligent query report writer" will not work on 64 bit but most people don't use that anyway. after new install then upload your data files and when each module is opened select "not to rewrite"

im also still using dos pca and use xp, 7 and 10 machines.


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