Upgrading to the Latest Version of Chief Architect

Reference Number: KB-01974
Last Modified: December 7, 2018

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


When I logged into my Digital Locker, I was given the option to upgrade to the newest version -- what do I need to know before clicking "Upgrade"?

Do I need to backup my old data before upgrading? If so, how?


When clicking on the UPGRADE button next to your active Chief Architect download, you will be prompted with the following message:

"Any older program versions present on your system will NOT be modified by installing the new version. However, this license of Chief Architect will be removed from your Digital Locker web page. You may want to make a backup of the Chief Architect installer and write down the product key for your records: Continue with your upgrade?"

OK to continue the upgrade process, or Cancel to avoid making any changes and return to the digital locker.

Any current program installation(s), plan files, or other local program content will not be modified or removed upon upgrading. Each version of Chief Architect is an independent installation, and will install separately from any and all previous installations.

To make backups of previous installers

Before upgrading your license and download links, you may choose to save a copy of the previous program installer file in the event you need to re-install it for any reason. 

  1. Choose Cancel on the above pop-up if necessary, and click the Download button for the installer you want to back up.

  2. This will download the installer file (.msi) on Windows or (.dmg) on a Mac.

    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.

  3. When saving the file, choose an easy to find location, such as your Desktop or Documents directory.

    You may also want to take secondary backup measures regarding this file, such as one of the following:

    • 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.
After upgrading, please make sure to review all of the information in the Migration Guide located in your Digital Locker, if you will be bringing any old files forward in to the new version.