I just lost seven years of BibleWorks programming in version 5. It all happened because I don't know where the BibleWorks programs and user settings files are stored; and Windows XP registry crashed, so it wouldn't matter, anyway. You just have to reinstall, else the program won't run. So now I have to install either my original copy of BW8 (from CD), and forget 5 -- or reinstall 5 from the original CD I still have. Can't install the two together. BW8 wipes out 5, if it's already there -- I learned that the hard way, and had to reinstall 5, on a different computer. (I'm the sole user for all of them.)
So all my Favorites, installed Bibles, button settings (that took FOREVER to do) -- all my notes, seven years of patches and updates.. gone. Because I don't know which programs to put back into the right places. It took me four weeks of 16-hour days to configure BW5, back when I first bought it. I never bothered to configure 8 because I don't have four weeks now; so its defaults weren't useful, and I didn't use but the modules. It's much harder to use than 5 was. More features, yes. But the downtime to configure, so fragile and easily lost. Wow. I dread those option flags, always have to guess what they mean.
It doesn't matter if you have backups, if the registry goes. Your prior registry might still contain the bug that made the problem, so you'd just be infecting your machine yet again. I have many backups. But which files, and where? Who knows.
Lesson learned: NEVER USE BWW FILES FOR NOTES, lest you check 66-100 fiolders not knowing which ones are empty. NEVER trust a configuration, as you have no way of really restoring it. If I could install the entire thing on an external hard drive, that would be easy. But no -- some of the programs have to go into Windows or System32, etc. So now, when I reinstall, any notes I make will be on another drive, and I'll just PRAY that the thing doesn't crash. So of course it will.
So the key is to install the same version at the same time on MORE than one machine. I did that with 5, on three machines, in case one or two would be in the shop. Yeah, and that's what happened here. The other two, are still working, but of course I don't know what user configuration settings and note files on my backup can be copied over, and to what directories. Windows is not a good platform. Why do we put up with it. In the old days you could know what files went in what directory. Not now!
Would be nice to know if in BW9, there is a catalogue of the DEFAULT FILE FOLDERS for all user-configuration settings and notes one can severally back up -- and into what WINDOWS folders files are sent, as well -- to at least minimize this problem. Have any of you figured that out? Thank you for your time!