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WPX6 functionality & backward compatibility

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Peter M Posted: Wed, Nov 6 2013 3:24 AM

I have been using WPX3 for several years on a desktop running Windows XP Professional. I have many WPX3 documents and some older WP version files as well as several QuatroProX3 files on this machine.  This computer is getting tired and I am about to upgrade to a new desktop running Windows 7 as well as to a MS Surface Pro 2 tablet/laptop running Windows 8.1.  Will I be able to transfer, access,  read and modify my WPX3 and QuatroProX3 files on either or both of these new computers using WPX6?  Can I load my WPX3 software onto the new Windows 7 computer and upgrade to X6 or must I install the full version?  If the latter, can a get a licence to operate X6 on both of the new computers, or must I buy a separate X6 suite for each computer?

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I'm not a Corel employee, but here are some of my thoughts.

1. WPOX6 is -- like earlier versions -- backwardly compatible with document files created since WPWin 6.x..

2. While you can install multiple versions of WP on the same computer (I recommend installing them in numerical order; e.g., WPX3 then WPX6), you should only need to install WPX6.

Note: Only WPX5 (fully patched) is certified to work on Windows 7, and WPX6 (with Service Pack 1) is certified to work under Windows 8. Earlier versions may work okay on these operating systems, but there is no guarantee.

Note: If you bought a Corel retail boxed WPX6 from a retail store or from a legitimate dealer on the Web, rather than as a direct download from the Corel site, you should make sure it is up to date with a service pack ("patch") as soon as you install it. See the Corel main site under the Support tab for service packs.

3. An upgrade version is the same as the regular version -- but purchased at a discounted price.

4. The WPX6 Home and Student edition is less expensive than an upgrade and can be installed on up to 3 computers in your home. (There is no upgrade version of the H&S due to the lower price.) It is very similar to the Standrad edition except that it cannot import/convert PDF files (it can create them). See a comparison matrix here: http://www.corel.com/static/product_content/wordperfect/x6/WPOX6_Comparison_Matrix.pdf

5. For more on these topics: See "Updating, upgrading, or reinstalling WordPerfect" -
http://wptoolbox.com/tips.html#7 

6. I have no experience with Windows 8, so if you need help with WP running on it -- or you have questions about licensing Standard or Professional editons on multiple installations -- I suggest you start a new thread rather than reply to this one.

UPDATE (11/6/13): Coincidentally, here's a recent thread on WordPerfect Universe that quotes the Corel license agreement section about installing WP (presumably editions other than the H&S edition) on more than one computer: http://www.wpuniverse.com/vb/showthread.php?35721-Installing-WP6-on-Second-PC

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Peter M replied on Sat, Nov 9 2013 11:49 PM

Thank you for your response.  When you say that "only WPX5 is certified to work on windows 7" does that mean that WPX6 will not work on Windows 7?   

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tlnett replied on Sun, Nov 10 2013 4:54 AM

Peter M:

When you say that "only WPX5 is certified to work on windows 7" does that mean that WPX6 will not work on Windows 7?   

I use WPX6 in Win 7 nearly everyday.   I'm pretty sure Barry meant X5 and later.   Or at least, X5 and X6.

From the X6 Tech Specs on Corel.com:  http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4720105#tab5

System Requirements

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8, Microsoft® Windows® 7, Windows Vista® or Windows® XP with latest service packs and updates installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)

 

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WPX5 fully patched (i.e., all Service Packs) and WPX6 are certified to work on WIndows 7. (I recommend fully patching WPX6 if your version is not already up to date.)

For Windows 8 you should have WPX6/SP1 or later. Others seem not to have found problems with WPX5 under Windows 8, but "your mileage may vary" as the saying goes.

This information about Windows compatibility is found on the specific patch's download page for each version (see the  Patches & Updates choice on the Corel site's Support tab to get to the SP download page).

Sorry for the confusion. :-)

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