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Upgrading from Visual Build Pro 8

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Existing projects created in Visual Build Pro v4 and later can be loaded by Visual Build Pro v9.  Projects saved in the new version will not load or build correctly in earlier versions.

 

Visual Build v9 does not support Windows XP.  Windows 2003 or later is required.

 

Visual Build Pro version 9 can be installed side-by-side with previous versions.  The default installation path is C:\Program Files\VisBuildPro9 rather than C:\Program Files\VisBuildPro9. Scheduled tasks, command (.cmd) scripts, batch (.bat) files, and Windows shortcuts that specify a full path for launching Visual Build will need to be adjusted for the new installation path (operations that do not specify a path [i.e., start VisBuildPro, double-clicking a .bld file, etc.] will launch the most recently installed version of Visual Build Pro).

 

The default application data folder is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9 rather than C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 8.  During installation, any configuration files in the version 4 thru 8 application data folder or install path will be copied to the version 9 folder.  Also, the registry key to override the default application data path is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9\ConfigFilesPath rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 8\ConfigFilesPath.

 

Some obsolete actions are no longer displayed by default (existing steps for these actions will still be displayed in the Step panes and will build normally).  To show all hidden actions, right-click in the Actions pane and choose Show Hidden.

 

All Visual Build COM components, type libraries, ProgIDs, and interface GUIDs are different in version 9. User action components will need to be updated to reference the Visual Build Professional 9 Server type library and recompiled in order to work with version 9. Script code that uses ProgIDs of "VisBuildSvr8.Application" and/or "VisBuildSvr8.Builder" will need to be modified to use "VisBuildSvr9.Application" and/or "VisBuildSvr9.Builder" instead (or the version-independent ProgIds "VisBuildSvr.Application" and "VisBuildSvr.Builder").

 

Actions are now registered under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9\Actions rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 8\Actions.  The COM Register action in version 8 registers actions at this location.

 

The NMAKE_NET global macro will be copied from an earlier installation but is no longer automatically created.  Create and initialize as appropriate if needed on a clean install.

 

Custom logging components are now registered under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 9\Logging rather than HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Kinook Software\Visual Build Professional 8\Logging.