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Hey all. It's been quite a while since I've posted, BUSY summer with a deck and patio overhaul. I hope everyone is well and getting lots of stuff done! 

I want to dedicate a computer to running shows only and have a second so I can work on more sequencing while everything is set up and ready to run.

My existing computer is running Win 7 and the one I'm considering is a Win 10 machine. Both are laptops. I would like to use the Win 10 computer to run shows and program only with the Win 7 PC.

Does anyone see any issues with this? Does LOR play well with Win 10? Could there be issues with file transfers between these two versions of Windows? Will I be allowed to download updates/upgrades to both machines? Any tips or tricks on strategies for keeping things organized between the two computers would also be appreciated. 

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Having two computers is no problem - that's what I do.  One suggestion is to make sure that the path for files is EXACTLY the same between the two computers.  The way I do that is to have a mapped network drive of L: as the LOR root file location.  That applies either with a stand alone computer (such as my old desktop at work and my laptop where L: is really c:\Light-O-Rama on that computer), or a networked computer (such as this desktop where I do most of my sequencing, my server (which runs the show during non-Christmas times), and the dedicated show computer where L:\ is really D:\Shared\LOR).  That way there is no need to edit file locations when changing computers.

Personally I have not used Windows 10, but a number of people here on the forum are.  I am using a combination of Windowx XP, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2012 r2.

 

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LOR works fine on Win 10.

There should be no issue with file transfer between the two computers. Similar to what @k6ccc said (but without the network drive) your two computers should have the same LOR main directory, and sub-directories. eg C:\LOR  (which I think is the default when installing LOR ?).

LOR license covers 5 computers, so no issues keeping them both at the same version (highly recommended).

If you don't want to work with network shared drives and such you could use a program like TeamViewer or AnyDesk to transfer required files from one computer to the other. 

This is pretty much how I have my system setup, main computer in study to do all the programming on; small cheaper computer in the garage to run the show. Two computers on the home wifi and I use AnyDesk to transfer the files. Using AnyDesk (or TeamViewer) I can also program stuff (eg make changes to show schedule) on the show computer from the comfort of my study.

 

Forgot to add; Added bonus, show computer acts as an extra backup to your files :)

Edited by OzAz

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And you can use 'Synctoy" from Microsoft to keep the show files current 

(works fine between XP and W10 on a network share)

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It's good to hear that LOR software runs well on Win10. I appreciate all of the suggestions made, looks like I have some playing around to do to see what works best for me. Thanks! 

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