Updating - Uninstalling - Import & Exporting

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I’m certain that each of these topics may have been discussed in separate posts, but for the benefit of those new to Flex radios and SmartSDR I’d like to get recommendations on how to proceed with the following topics.

What is the proper way to get rid of a previous version of the SmartSDR software? Should we first install an update and assuming it works correctly, simply uninstall the previous version? If we uninstall them, are the saved profiles also deleted?

If profiles are exported and saved in a separate location, will future updates of the SmartSDR software always be compatible to the “legacy” profiles, OR, should we always export and replace profiles from the most current version, for later exportation to the next anticipated update?

Now that we have network capability, SmartSDR software may be installed on more than one computer, requiring each PC to be updated each time an update is released. Is there a possibility that accidentally attempting to run an older version of SmartSDR software on a radio that has a newer version could cause any permanent damage? If this scenario were to occur, will SmartSDR alert the user that the client software needs to be updated?

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When I upgrade, I uninstall the previous version. This includes SSDR and SmartCAT. I keep previous copies of all Flex software on my personal server for easy retrieval. Never had a problem.
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Good question.  Obviously due to the amount of testing I do, I change versions like I change my mind; several times a minute.

What I do is the following.

1.) I keep all of the installers in a separate folder.
2.) I do a full export to save all my profiles.
3,) I uninstall the previous version of SmartSDR - EXCEPT I do NOT uninstall the DAX drivers and I do NOT uninstall the FlexVSP driver.  I never uninstall these drivers unless there is a driver update and that has not happened in several versions
4.) I install the new version
5.) I import the saved profiles except I do not check the Preferences box (i do not care about band persistence)

If I need to revert back, I just uninstall everything and re-run the previous version's installer.  It only takes a few minutes to do the software install and a few more to downgrade the firmware.

Running an older version accidentally will not hurt anything, but it could result in some wacky behavior if the CAT and DAX apps are not in sync with the main SmartSDR version.

SmartSDR will always let you know if the radio firmware is not in sync.
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Jon Turner

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Tim: where is the uninstaller?
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Robert -- N5IKD, Elmer

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Use the Windows uninstaller in the Windows control panel.
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Jon Turner

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Tnx. I'm a Mac guy and use Windows so infrequently that I keep forgetting.