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    There are a number of issues to be aware of when upgrading your operating system without performing a clean install. For instance, upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or from OS X 10.9 to OS X 10.11.

    Before performing any operating system upgrade however, check here to make sure that your current version of Vectorworks is compatible with the new operating system.




    NOTE: With any OS upgrade, Tech Support normally recommends a complete uninstall and reinstall of Vectorworks after the upgrade is complete. Steps for uninstalling cleanly can be found here.

    Some of the OS-specific issues we have encountered specific to Vectorworks include:


    Corrupted user account:
    Upgrading your operating system via Apple's migration tool can sometimes result in a corrupt user account. This can be confirmed if you can not launch Vectorworks after migrating to a new OS in your original user account, but are able to launch it in a newly created user account. Steps for creating a new account can be found here

    In some cases it is possible to repair the original account, steps for attempting this can be found here.

    Red Xs:
    Red Xs instead of tool icons in the user interface. Steps for correcting this can be found here.

    Vectorworks Migration Manager - Missing Tools:
    In some cases after using the Vectorworks Migration Manager, you will get an error message similar to: "The plug-in tool "Renderworks Camera" could not be selected. It is missing necessary resources or the file is damaged." This can be corrected by following the steps outlined here.


    Graphics Drivers:
    Upgrading your operating system can often leave your graphics drivers either out of date, or reset to a default graphics driver which can cause slowness or instability in Vectorworks. See this article for steps on how to update it manually.

    Nvidia Graphics Settings:
    If you have an Nvidia graphics card, after upgrading from a previous Windows OS, you may need to reset your Nvidia Control Panel settings to restore normal performance in multiple applications, including Vectorworks. Steps for doing so can be found here.

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