Upgrading to Version 4.5 of Personal Timeclock™
Version 4.3 and earlier of Personal Timeclock stored your log file, project file, and other data files in the same folder where the programs were installed. Starting with version 4.4, Personal Timeclock expects to find these files in a subfolder of the My Documents folder (on Vista and Windows 7, it is called Documents).
Why did this change?
Starting with Windows Vista, programs are not supposed to write any information to folders within the Program Files folder. This practice was also discouraged in Windows 2000 and XP, but most user accounts on those systems had administrator privilege so the programs that did it still worked.
Windows Vista is designed so that user accounts do not need administrator privilege. This is safer because it limits the damage that can be caused by viruses and other forms of malware. Consequently, we have had to move the data files to this new location.
Do I have any choice of where to store my data?
Yes. Most people will find that the default location works fine, but here are some notes on how to get Personal Timeclock to store its data elsewhere.
How do I move my old data?
For specific instructions, click the statement below that best describes your current installation of Personal Timeclock:
You will have to move at least some of your data files in order for Personal Timeclock v4.4 (and later versions) to find them. Here is how to do this:
Personal Timeclock v4.4 and later will find your data files in this location; nothing needs to be moved after installing the update.
If you want Personal Timeclock to store its files somewhere other than the default folder, you have a couple of options.
1) Using the Options menu in Personal Timeclock, enter pathnames for the log file and project file. These two files will be stored in the folders you specify, but other information (such as each user's individual preferences) will be stored in the default folder.
2) Either create new shortcuts for Personal Timeclock and Personal Timeclock Reporter and modify them, or modify your existing shortcuts. In the "Start in" box, enter the pathname to the folder in which you want your data stored. All data will be stored in this folder, so if you have more than one user, be sure each user has their own separate folder.
3) Install Personal Timeclock somewhere outside of C:\Program Files. In this case, all data files will be stored in the same folder as the programs. This is not recommended, as Windows cannot protect programs installed outside of the Program Files folder from attack by viruses or other malware.
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