Reinstalling Breedmate on the same computer

This advice is only for users of V6.4.10 or later. Assuming you have some sort of backup you need to copy two folders:

  • The C:\Program Files (x86)\PedX64 folder. This contains your program file.
  • The Public Documents/Breedmate folder. This is also called C:\Users\Public\Documents\Breedmate. This will contain your database (*.BMX) files, your form files, user manuals and your initialisation file (PedX64.INI). The INI file stores your reg #, the last database and form files you opened (when Breedmate starts it automatically opens these).

Reinstalling Breedmate on another computer

Couple of points first:

  • You are allowed to reinstall your Breedmate program on another computer. In fact you can even install it on up to three computers that you are the principal user of. This can be handy when you have a desktop and a laptop and say a family member who also has a desktop.
  • The upgrade is really cheap. Most users (anyone who purchased V5 onwards - this was released in 2002) can order the US$20 upgrade.
  • The upgrade is a full installer. You do not have to have any previous version of the software installed.
  • We only ever host the latest version. We don’t keep older versions. Also note that versions older than 6.4.10 may have difficulty with Windows 7, 8 etc because of their increased security, so we strongly recommend upgrading for that reason.
  • Where we refer to copying files or transferring files, we recommend copying the files to a USB flash drive. We do not recommend burning to a CD because when the files are transferred to the destination computer, they will be "read only" and then you have to manually right click on the file in File Explorer, select Properties and untick "Read-only".

The following are instructions for transferring Breedmate to a new computer. The instructions are different for v4 or v5/6 users. Firstly you need to work out if you have v4 or v5/6. You can do this by looking at your registration number. It has two parts like XXXX-YYYYYYY. If the XXXX part has four digits then you have v4. If it has five digits then you have v5/6. Also if your database files end in .BMF then that’s v4 or earlier, while .BMX is v5/6.

Instructions for V4

Your data is stored in database files that ends in .BMF. These files MAY reside in C:\Program Files (x86)\Bmate. If you have .BMF files they will need to be sent to us for conversion or we can send you instructions on how to do this yourself. You definitely need to upgrade with this version. The cost is US$30 and can be purchased on-line from www.breedmate.com – you will need to quote your registration number.

Instructions for V5/6

If you have v5 or 6 then you simply copy the contents of the C:\Program Files (x86)\PedX6 folder across to your new computer. (The folder may also be called PedX5, PedX62 or PedX64). Your data is stored in a database file with a name that ends in .BMX. (Note: file extensions are sometimes not shown in File Explorer – you may need to turn that option on.) If your database (.BMX file) is not in that folder then you will also need to find it elsewhere on your computer and copy that across.

If your new computer is Windows7/8, then due to improved security, we strongly recommend that you upgrade to the current version of Breedmate as it correctly handles the security changes. The main change is that your data files should no longer be kept in the C:\Program Files (x86)\PedX6 folder. Instead they are in the Public Documents/Breedmate folder. Hence AFTER upgrading you should copy your .BMX file to that folder, start Breedmate and use File-Open to open it at that location.

Upgrading from v5/6 costs only US$20. You get complete instructions at time of purchase. The installer is a FULL installer and does not require anything else to be pre-installed.

General note

We allow our customers to install our products on up to three computers as long as they are the principal user of those computers. You can purchase the upgrade from any computer and download the installer from any computer. The installer is a single file. We recommend you keep copies of it for any later installations you may need to make.