Capital Flow 32 

Transferring Your Data to a New Computer

If you purchase a new computer, it is possible to transfer your existing settings for Capital Flow 32 to the new computer with a few steps.  There are really only two items that need to be copied from the old computer to the new:

If you have support personnel in your office, or you are familiar with transferring files from one machine to another, this may be all the information you need. If not, read further.

For more detailed explanations of the process, please follow the directions below according to your particular situation:

Case 1: 
Old Computer: Computer on the same network as the new computer.
New Computer: Computer on the same network as the old computer.

This is the easiest case. It involves copying the directory and file mentioned above from the old computer to the new computer. The only common pitfall is to remember to copy the "Data" directory and "capflow32.ini" file from the old computer to the new computer "C:\program files\capflow32" directory. A common mistake is to copy them to the "Data" subdirectory, which gives you something like "C:\program files\capflow32\data\data" (two levels of "Data" directories), which will not work.

Case 2: 
Old Computer: CD burner (writer) on machine.
New Computer: CD reader on machine.

Put a blank CD-R disk in your CD burner on the old machine. Then, using your CD burner software (or just Windows, if you have Windows XP on this machine) burn a CD with the following data:
        Directory "C:\program files\capflow32\data" (the entire directory - this is your actual data)
        The file "C:\program files\capflow32\capflow32.ini" (this is your settings file, and not essential)

Now go to the new computer and put the burned CD into your CD drive. Copy the data folder on this disk into your "C:\program files\capflow32" directory (note do NOT copy it to the data subdirectory). Then copy the "capflow.ini" file to the same directory.

The final part to the process is to set the files to be readable (normally on a CD-R disk the files are marked as "read-only"). Go to your Windows Explorer and go the the "C:\program files\capflow32" directory and open it (so the contained files are in the right window). Now click your mouse in this window on a blank area to the right of any file (to select the window as active). Press Control-A to highlight all the files, and continue to hold down the control key while right clicking with the mouse to get a context menu. Select "Properties" at the bottom of the menu. If the "Read Only" box is selected, clear the check and hit the OK button. You may be asked if you want the process to apply to sub-directories or folders - select YES and the process should complete.

Your new computer should now have the same data as your old computer.

Case 3:
Old Computer: NO CD burner, computer NOT on a network. Computer DOES have internet access.
New Computer: Computer DOES have internet access.

This case involves using resources that you may have to ask your network or ISP administrator for assistance in using. Basically it involves compressing the "Data" directory and the "capflow32.ini" file to a "zip" file and sending the compressed file to an FTP server, or as a last resort to an email address that can be accessed by the new machine. Be aware that sending large files by email could overflow your email space limit and require you to ask your ISP to reset your account or delete the file manually.

First step involves compressing the file and directory to a compressed file. If you have Windows XP or above, you can do this just by right clicking on the file and directory mentioned at the beginning of this page and selecting "Send to Compressed Folder". You should create a compressed file with the directory "C:\program files\capflow32\data" and the file "C:\program files\capflow32\capflow32.ini". Be sure to create the file in a location that is easy to remember - to save typing it is usually best to create it in the root directory, so the file would be named something like "C:\myzipfile.zip".

Now to get the file to the new machine, if you have access to a public FTP server or Cloud space, you can upload the file just created to the server, then download it on the new machine. If you do not have FTP or Cloud access, you can try emailing the file, but it may be too large for some email servers.

Once the zipped (compressed) file is on the new machine, unzip it to the folder "C:\program files\capflow32" and this should complete the process. The new machine should now have identical data to the old computer.