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Could someone please explain the meaning of the phrase:  "Reinstalling with an older installer will no longer downgrade update packages"?  It seems very opaque to me, and contains a hint that if the current version were to cause a problem, I might not be able to reinstall a previous version, which would be a major risk factor and one to be avoided.


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I believe what this means is this:

If you have say version 3.1.2 with all the current database updates and such and then you download say version 3.2.2 (that has been out lets say 2 months) that installer package has old database files.  So what will happen is you will get the new program upgrade, but keep your existing database files so you would be current.

Before when you had the latest version installed, and you installed an upgrade you would also have to run and update for the database to get updated.  That won't be the case now.

Staff can correct me if I am wrong...

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Thank you both for that advice, my understanding of which is that in the update and subsequent versions the installer file will overwrite the signature files on the computer only if those on the computer are earlier versions than those in the installer file. 

With kind regards,



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