Making a Backup Copy of a Chief Architect Program Installer

Reference Number: KB-01342
Last Modified: June 28, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


I downloaded my copy of Chief Architect and I'd like to save a copy of the installer in case I need it. How can I do this?


Making a backup copy of downloaded data like a program installer is a good idea because online vendors will rarely make a download available indefinitely.

Chief Architect is an exception in that the download will be available to you as long as you are a current 
Support and Software Assurance member; however, only the current program version installer will be posted in your Digital Locker page. 

For archival purposes, it is a good idea to save a backup installer for all program versions that you have used.

To back up a program installer, first, decide how you want to back up the file. A variety of different options are available. You can, for example:

  • Burn the file onto a DVD;
  • Copy the file to a removable storage device such as a USB flash drive;
  • Copy the file to a server or other location on your network;
  • Copy the file to an online storage site or have your backup service do it for you.

Save the program installer to an easy to find location, such as in a folder on your Desktop, a folder in your Documents directory, or a folder inside your Downloads folder.

The name of the file will vary depending on what version of the program installer you have, but in general, the file name will begin with the product title, followed by a version number, and ending with the .msi file extension on Windows, and .dmg on a Mac computer.

Example: Chief_Architect_Premier-

Note: For Chief Architect X4 and prior, when you start the download from your Digital Locker, you will see a downloader program that will then download the installer. You do not need to back up the downloader as that will expire after 2 weeks. You should copy the installer that will be located in your Documents> Downloads folder.