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How do I upgrade to Act! v20 from a previous version?

Answer ID 38868   |    Updated 04/24/2018 02:45 PM

Question: How do I upgrade to Act! v20 from a previous version?

Product Details:
Product Family: Act!
Product: Act! Pro, Act! Premium, Act! Premium (access via web), Act! Premium Cloud (Offline Client users only)
Version: v20


Answer:

Important Note: Act! v20 installs and uses Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express as its database engine. If you are upgrading from a version of Act! that used Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (Act! versions 2011 (v13), 2012 (v14), 2013 (v15), v16, or v17.0) and you are or will be using remote databases, it is strongly recommended that you read the following knowledgebase article before proceeding further to ensure remote synchronization functions properly:

Frequently Asked Questions about using Act! v17.1 and later with Microsoft SQL Server 2014

    • Answer ID 38104

Upgrade Prerequisites

Microsoft Outlook or Google Synchronization Users

If you use Microsoft Outlook synchronization or Google synchronization with Act!, refer to one of the following knowledgebase articles, depending on whether you are using Microsoft Outlook or Google:

What is the recommended way to upgrade from Act! 20.0 and earlier to Act! 20.1 and later if I sync Act! and Outlook?
Answer ID 39020

What is the recommended way to upgrade from Act! 20.0 and earlier to Act! 20.1 and later if I sync Act! with Google?
Answer ID 39022

Backup Database

If you are upgrading from ACT! 2005 or later, it is CRITICAL that you create backups of any databases on your computer prior to upgrading. Once you have installed Act! v20 and updated your database to Act! v20 from the previous version you CANNOT revert back without uninstalling Act! v20, reinstalling your previous vrsion of Act!, then restoring from the backup that was taken prior to upgrading. If you are using Act! E-mail, you must also create a backup of your email database. For information on creating these backups, refer to the knowledgebase articles below:

How to back up and restore an Act! database

    • Answer ID 19211

How to Back Up and Restore Your Act! E-mail Database

    • Answer ID 19212

Shared Database, Remote Database, and Offline Client Users

All users must upgrade to the same version of Act! in order to continue sharing the database. Users who have not upgraded will not be able to access the database. Once upgraded on the server, remote database and Offline Client users who have not upgraded will not be able to synchronize. It is strongly recommended that remote database and Offline Client users do not attempt to synchronize until after the main database and all remote databases or Offline Clients are upgraded and converted to the new version.

For Act! Premium users, Network and Internet sync services must be uninstalled and reinstalled using the Act! v20 download files. For more information refer to the following knowledgebase articles:

How do I uninstall the Act! Network Sync Service?

    • Answer ID 19806

How do I install and configure the Act! Network Sync Service?

    • Answer ID 37908

How to uninstall the Act! Internet Sync Service

    • Answer ID 14582

How do I install and configure the Act! Internet Sync Service?

    • Answer ID 37921

Note: If you are using Application synchronization (built-in sync service), this is upgraded along with the program and does not require installation of a separate service.

Upgrading the Act! program

Note: If you have already installed Act! v20, skip to the next section

  1. Ensure that a backup has been created of your database
  2. Ensure that all users have logged out of the database
  3. Uninstall the previous version of Act! from the Windows Control Panel. For information, refer to the following knowledgebase article:

    How do I uninstall Act!?

      • Answer ID 37318

    Note for Act! Premium (access via web) users:

      • Act! v20 automatically installs the Act! Web API. If you were using the Act! Premium Web API with your previous version of Act! Premium (access via web), you must also uninstall it before proceeding. For information regarding uninstalling the Act! Premium Web API, refer to the following knowledgebase article:

    How do I uninstall the Act! Premium Web API?

      • Answer ID 38385
  4. Install Act! v20 using the installation instructions in one of the following knowledgebase articles below:

    How do I install Act! Pro or Act! Premium v20

      • Answer ID 38867

    How do I install Act! Premium v20 (access via web)

      • Answer ID 38869

Updating the Act! database

Note: You can only convert database that locally reside on the machine where you are converting them. Do not attempt to convert databases from a workstation over a network.

Once you have installed Act!, you must upgrade your database. Opening the database will trigger the database update process. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Act! and your database
  2. When prompted to back up the database, click Yes (if you haven’t already backed up the database), or click No

    Note: If you clicked No, skip to step 5

  3. Ensure that the database backup will be saved to the desired location, then click OK
  4. When the notification that the backup completed successfully appears, click OK
  5. When the prompt to update the database appears, click OK to begin the upgrade process

    Note: A typical update can take from 5 – 15 minutes

  6. When the update is complete, click OK on the confirmation that appears
  7. Repeat the above steps to convert any additional databases to the new format

Note for Outlook Integration users:

If you use Outlook integration, you must reselect the Address Book after upgrading your database. For instructions, refer to the knowledgebase article below:

How to Add My Act! Address Book to Microsoft Outlook 2010 and later

    • Answer ID 26796

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