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This page applies to Lineage Managerâ„¢ for Dogs v1.33 ONLY

This information applies to v1.33 and older only running on Windows 8, 7 or Vista 32 bit operating systems. This page DOES NOT APPLY to new version 2.

Background: LMD was started back in the mid-1990s.

In those days we kept the database files along with the program. That was the accepted way to do things back then. So for all operating systems up until Windows Vista, that is where you will most likely find your LMD database files - unless you saved them somewhere else.

About the LMD v1.33 User Database Files

LMD v1.x keeps dog information data in three (3) database files, 'labs' is our example database name, your database will have a different name:
  • labs.dta
  • labs.dtv
  • labs.dtm
For transferring to the new LMD 2.x, you must give access to these database files with .dta being the most important.

Anticipated Question: HELP! I can't see the .dta file or worse yet, I can't see any file extensions!

Answer: You have to make a change to Windows Explorer. On the menu bar of Windows Explorer you will see 'Organize'. Click on it then on Folder and Search Options. Click on View, then UNCHECK the option that says 'Hide extensions for known file types'. You can also do that from Control Panel under Folder Options in Classic View. Now go look again. You will find those folders. Be sure LMD is not running when you do copying of these files.

Your LMD 1.x is currently installed on Windows XP, ME, 98 or 95 32 bit

You can find your LMD database files here unless you saved them somewhere else. Using Start/All Programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer, look in this folder (directory):

c:\program files\nwps\lmd16\program

Copy them to a USB Flash Drive for backup or importing into LMD 2 on another computer.

Your LMD 1.x is currently installed on Windows 7 32 bit or Windows Vista 32 bit

You can find your LMD database files here unless you saved them somewhere else. Using Start/All Programs/Accessories/Windows Explorer, look in this folder (directory):

c:\Users\YourLoginName\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\program files\nwps\lmd16\program

Copy them to a USB Flash Drive for backup or importing into LMD 2 on another computer.

Anticipated Question: HELP! there is no AppData directory!

Answer: Oh yes, there is. You have to make a change to Windows Explorer. On the menu bar of Windows Explorer you will see 'Organize'. Click on it then on Folder and Search Options. Click on View, then under Hidden files and folders, change the selection to Show hidden files and folder. You can also do that from Control Panel under Folder Options in Classic View. Now go look again. You will find those folders. Be sure LMD is not running when you do copying of these files.

Next Anticipated Question: Why does LMD put the database files in that strange place?

Answer: LMD didn't put them there - Microsoft did this to protect the Program Files directories. Beginning with Windows Vista Microsoft enforced a rule against writing data files into the Program Files directories. They did this by letting old programs think they are writing there when in reality they are writing into a 'virtual' directory. This ensured compatibility between old programs and Vista/7. When you do backups you have to copy your database from the real place - VirtualStore.