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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:


      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them

Upgrade to V4.0 and retain previous version

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I have the latest version of RT installed and would like to upgrade to V4.0 now.

However, for the time being, I would like to keep the old version, too.

Now, that is easy e.g. for BN. Just copy the old folder with a new name to a new place.

But how does it work for RT? There is the separate folder with the User Data and the Game Files in the Documents folder.

But: Since "Documents" was on my small main drive, I copied or mirrored or whatever the folder to my larger secondary HDD.

Now my question: What do I need to copy where, in order to preserve the old version?

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11 hours ago, sburke said:

 It works just fine. I am running v3 and v4 on all CM families. You just can't see v4 game saves in cm3. 

Hi there,

Yes, I know since I have BN running as V3 and V4.

For BN, I just copied the one game folder to a new place and re-named it to preserve a working V3.

My question was about the TWO folders which we have for RT. Especially the one in "Documents". What do I do with that one? Just make a copy in "Documents" and re-name, too?

Eh, can you send me a screen shot of your V3/V4 folder structure?

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Yep, that is the down side of the new game files structure under my documents. It messes up hotkeys for the older version (do not edit hot keys with the older version) and means you have to be careful what version you are running when you open a game. The newer game will always be able to open the older games saves. Sometimes the older game will allow you to open the newer games saves - that never ends well so be careful.

On the upside you can share mods without duplicating them. If you have a mod that is version specific make sure you delete it from the shared location. You can still use it if you want because you can install mods in the game install directory: C:\Programs\Battlefront\CMRT200\Data\z.  Just make sure you have a z'ed folder under the Data folder.

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