Downloading PP 14.5 on new laptop

Do I need to have PP14 installed on my laptop before attempting to download PP14.5? I just got a new laptop with Windows 10 on it. My old laptop with Windows 7 has my old version of PP 12. Of course my new laptop doesn't have a DVD player so I can't use the PP cd's to load it on the new machine.

Thanks!  DOUG
Doug DeyoRetiredAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Doug,
First, I see that you joined Experts Exchange today, so let me say — Welcome Aboard! And now to your questions.
Do I need to have PP14 installed on my laptop before attempting to download PP14.5?
No, but you do need the PP14 serial number. The PP14.5 download is the full product, not an upgrade from PP14.0. My EE article shows how to get the download:
PaperPort 14 - Free Upgrade to Version 14.5

After installing PP14.5, I suggest that you install Patch 1, as explained in another of my EE articles:
How to install the Patch 1 update for PaperPort 14.5

After that, I recommend installing the PP14 Scanner Connection Tool, as explained in another of my EE articles:
PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool - Fix Scanning Problems in PaperPort 14

Also, since you are using PaperPort in Windows 10, I suggest reading this other EE article:
PaperPort 14 in Windows 10 - A First Look

You may find some of the Tips in there to be helpful.

In addition, if you ever have a problem with your PaperPort crashing, hanging, or failing to start, this 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial may be helpful:
What to do when PaperPort crashes, hangs, or fails to start
My old laptop with Windows 7 has my old version of PP 12.
You cannot "upgrade" to PP14 (or PP14.5) from PP12. Those are different major versions. You must purchase a PP14 license, after which you may install PP14.5/Patch1 at no cost, as discussed above. You may, however, upgrade to PP12.1 with your PP12 serial number, although PP12 is not W10-compliant — PP14.5/Patch1 is the only PaperPort version that is W10-compliant. That said, many PP12 users report success on W10. If you want to try it, the PP12.1 download is the full product, not an upgrade from PP12.0, and my EE article shows how to get it:
PaperPort 12 - Free Upgrade to Version 12.1

For any PP11 readers of this thread, it is possible to do the same for PP11.2:
PaperPort 11 - Free Upgrade to Version 11.2

Regards, Joe
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nobusCommented:
>>  my new laptop doesn't have a DVD player so I can't use the PP cd's to load it on the new machine  <<  an external dvd reader cost about 20$ and solves your problem easily
you can also make an iso if the cd, and put that on an usb stick; if you need help with that, just ask
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Doug DeyoRetiredAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions. DOUG
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
There are two aspects to this question. The first is regarding PaperPort 14 and the upgrade to PaperPort 14.5. Comment #a42461165 answers that. The second is the issue of not having a DVD drive on the new machine. Comment #a42461165 answers that one, too, as it explains how to install PP14.5 without the need for DVD media via a download (it also explains that PP14.0 does not have to be installed — all that's needed is the PP14 serial number). Therefore, I'm marking #a42461165 as the Accepted Solution and giving it the lion's share of the points.

Comment #a42461991 has a different approach to the lack of a DVD drive, namely, purchase an external one. That comment also suggests that you can make an ISO of the CD/DVD and put that on a USB flash drive, although there's a Catch-22 to that, i.e., you would need a CD/DVD drive to make an ISO from the CD/DVD media. Nevertheless, the suggestion of buying an external CD/DVD drive is valid and worthy as an Assisted Solution with some points.
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