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Gedcom Publisher runs on Windows 7 or newer.Note 1 Gedcom Publisher uses the Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.6.2 and will install it if it is not present on your PC.

Installing the Program

Gedcom Publisher is available via download only. During the purchase process, you will be sent a link to download the installation program. Download the install program and remember where you save the file on your PC.

To install the program, double-click the icon for the install program. There are about a half-dozen steps in the install process, but you can accept the default values by clicking the [Next] button.

Make sure you read the License Agreement and understand the ramifications before you click [I Agree].

Gedcom Publisher uses various third-party components, including the Microsoft .NET framework. The Gedcom Publisher installer checks for the existence of the correct .NET framework, and if it is not installed on your PC, it starts Microsoft's installer for .NET. That installer will download .NET components and requires an active Internet connection. It's a big download, and the install takes a long time... Sorry about that!

In most cases, you do not have to uninstall any prior version before you install a new version. For some upgrades, the Gedcom Publisher News article announcing the new version will include a recommendation to uninstall the old version before installing the new. For the cleanest install, uninstall any existing version first.

You can install multiple versions on your PC if you install them into different folders, but all versions will share the most recent versions of some of the shared components that are stored in the Windows system folder.

Unlocking Gedcom Publisher

After you purchase Gedcom Publisher, you will receive an e-mail message that confirms the registration information you provided during the purchase process. The e-mail message will include a serial number.

Note Save the e-mail that contains your serial number and the rest of the registration information. If you lose the information, and you need to reinstall Gedcom Publisher, contact me and I will send you the information again.

When you start Gedcom Publisher it will open a dialog window where you must enter the registration information in order to unlock the program. The best way to do this is to copy and paste the information from the e-mail message into the data entry fields. Use Control-C to copy and Control-V to paste.

If you do not enter the registration information, Gedcom Publisher will be limited to producing a book for only a very small subset of the people in your dataset.

If your name or e-mail address change in the future, and for some reason you have to unlock Gedcom Publisher again, you must provide the information as it was when you purchased the program.


  1. The Gedcom Publisher installer will not prevent you from attempting to install under Windows Vista or previous, however, the .NET Framework v4.6.2 installer will fail because it requires Windows 7 or newer. Vista users may manually install .NET Framework v4.6.0 and attempt to use Gedcom Publisher with it, but please be aware that Gedcom Publisher was not tested under those conditions.