Upgrade from 1.4.1

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Have been away from the Flex for a while and haven't upgraded from 1.4.1. Can I jump to 1.5, or do I need sequential upgrades?

Also, do I need to delete previous versions?



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Lets see if I can explain this right, for once.

You didn't state which model you have.
the 6500s and above are working well on version 1.5.1, the 6300s are supposed to work much better in the next 1.6.? version. Which is due out soon.

1. There's no need for sequential updates, each release version is a standalone fully functional release for the most part. 

2. Don't delete anything without first doing a proper uninstall first. The proper step by step procedure
is documented in detail at https://helpdesk.flexradio.com/hc/en-us/articles/204975589-How-to-do-a-Complete-uninstall-of-SmartSDR-for-Windows-from-your-PC

3. There is no requirement to remove or uninstall previous versions, beyond the fact that they will stack up and take up more hard disk space.

4. If you want to remove or uninstall previous versions its best that that be done before installing a new version, using the same Zendesk article I linked above. 

Either, Uninstall all, first, Never uninstall, or do the Clean Reinstall, first.

Unless you run into some issue that results a previous version providing better operation, there is no reason not to run the current/newest version. Each version is supposed to be an improvement on the last. If a serious bug gets introduced, it's supposed to be fixed in the next version.

Really it boils down to 2 approaches, Clean Uninstall then Reinstall of the next version to save on disk space, or just install each until space becomes an issue.

Be careful about old shortcuts, if you try to run SmartSDR from one, it will try to downgrade the firmware in the radio. 

The procedure in the linked article will restore things back to square 1 regardless.

If it fails to correct things, do it again, you might have missed something.

But please, discuss anything your not clear about before making any messes.

73, Jay - NO5J  
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I could not have said it any better.
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I appreciate the informative part of your reply