Upgrading to the Latest Version of Chief Architect

Reference Number: KB-01974
Last Modified: February 5, 2020

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors


My Support and Software Assurance is current. How do I get the latest version of Chief Architect?


Upgrading to the latest Chief Architect version can be done by signing in to your Chief Architect Online Account, clicking on the Digital Locker: Downloads, Product Keys & License Management link, and then selecting the GET NEW VERSION button next to your active license. Once you click GET NEW VERSION, you will be prompted with the following message:

"Product key XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX is eligible to be upgraded at no charge: Your product key will remain the same between versions in most cases. Any older program versions present on your system will NOT be modified by installing the new version. Upgrade now?

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

Once an upgrade is complete, the latest version of Chief Architect will appear in your account. Select the DOWNLOAD link to proceed with downloading and installing the Chief Architect version you upgraded to.

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

It is always a good idea to backup your previous versions installer file.

  1. Click the DOWNLOAD link for the program version 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.