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WinCC flexible ES -- Setting up development environments -- Installing and upgrading software
What should you watch out for when installing WinCC flexible 2008 SP3 or WinCC V11 SP2 on an HP notebook?
What do you have to do if you can no longer access symbols and data blocks of STEP 7 from an integrated WinCC flexible project?
Which security measures help against unauthorized access to computer systems with WinCC flexible?
Compatibility Tool for Automation and Drive Technology
With which versions can you select the MP377 15" Touch daylight readable as operator panel?
Why can you not select the installed languages in the Runtime Loader of PC Runtime?
When you install or uninstall WinCC flexible, why are some fonts no longer available for STEP 7 Basic V10.5?
How do you do an operating system update (OS update) on operator panels?
Why can't you install the SQL server from WinCC V6.2 or WinCC V6.2 SP2 after installing WinCC flexible 2008?
What are the possible causes of an unsuccessful Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express installation or why is creating or opening a WinCC flexible 2008 project aborted?
What are the solutions offered for working with different versions of WinCC flexible?
What can cause the installation to abort or prevent successful starting of WinCC flexible?
Where can you procure HSPs (Hardware Support Packages) for WinCC flexible?
What might be the cause for not all the user interface languages being available for selection?
What might be the causes of unsuccessful MSDE installation (Microsoft Desktop Engine)?
What are the possible causes of the Setup program not starting for the installation of WinCC flexible?
How can you clear the cause of the message "Please reboot before installing any more programs"?
How do you uninstall WinCC flexible 2004?
How do you install ProAgent in SIMATIC WinCC flexible?
Why can ProTool no longer be started from STEP 7 after WinCC flexible has been installed?
With what are SIMATIC WinCC flexible 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2004 compatible?
How can you install WinCC flexible from the hard disk?
WinCC flexible ES -- Working with projects -- Creating, editing, archiving and copying projects
What do you have to do if you can no longer access symbols and data blocks of STEP 7 from an integrated WinCC flexible project?
Which entries are available on the internet for migration to STEP 7 (TIA Portal) and WinCC (TIA Portal)?
How can you change the column width of picture objects in WinCC flexible?
In WinCC flexible, how can you prevent pictures and picture objects being fitted automatically when you change the screen resolution (possibly widescreen)?
How do you activate access protection for a STEP 7 project and set up a user as project editor?
How do you integrate a WinCC flexible project in STEP 7?
How can you use one and the same WinCC flexible operator panel configuration for multiple controllers?
What are the solutions offered for working with different versions of WinCC flexible?
Which problems might arise if the "log.LDF" file is not available in a WinCC flexible project?
Why does WinCC flexible close again automatically after the program start?
How do you save WinCC flexible projects / libraries in the format of an earlier version of WinCC flexible?
How can you delete unused tags or objects from a WinCC flexible project?
What options do you have for copying pictures from one WinCC flexible project to another?
Copying HMI projects integrated in SIMATIC STEP 7 at file level
How can you open a WinCC project integrated in STEP 7 faster?
How do you archive projects in WinCC flexible and which files are required?
How do you back transfer the projects of an operator panel and what should you watch out for?
Which connector cables are available for connecting to SIMATIC Panels?
WinCC flexible ES -- Working with projects -- Upgrading to new version
How do you migrate a WinCC flexible 2008 SP3 project to WinCC V11 (TIA Portal) V11 SP2 in Windows 7 64-bit?
How do you migrate a WinCC flexible 2008 project to WinCC V11 (TIA Portal)?
How do you migrate a project integrated in STEP 7 from WinCC flexible to WinCC (TIA Portal)?
How can you transfer global libraries from WinCC flexible to WinCC (TIA Portal)?
In WinCC flexible, how can you prevent pictures and picture objects being fitted automatically when you change the screen resolution (possibly widescreen)?
What are the solutions offered for working with different versions of WinCC flexible?
How do you migrate a ProTool project with SIMOTION CPU connection to a WinCC flexible project and SIMOTION SCOUT?
What connections are there between the version designations in WinCC flexible?
How do you adapt tag names to the name structure of WinCC flexible after a ProTool migration?
Which changes have to be made in WinCC flexible 2004 SP1 when changing over from TP 170micro to TP 177micro or from TP 170A to TP 177A?
What are the solutions offered for working with different versions of WinCC flexible?
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Configuration Notes:
Normally, you cannot install different versions of whatever software on a system at the same time.
Furthermore, not all branches allow updating of a target just like that. They specify defined versions of the software.
Taking WinCC flexible as an example, we will look at the following questions in more detail.

  1. What are the options for working with different versions of WinCC flexible at the same time?
  2. How can you edit old projects without having to save them in the new version of the software?
  3. Can you save a newly created project as a specific version of the project?
  4. What should you pay attention to when upgrading a system (project transfer to the Panel or PC Runtime)?  

Notes:

  • Always make a backup before you edit an old project.
  • If you open an old WinCC flexible project with a more recent version of WinCC flexible, a backup file is created automatically (see Entry ID: 21896449):
  1. What are the options for working with different versions of WinCC flexible at the same time?
No. Options
1 Using a second configuration computer.
You are using multiple configuration computers with different software versions.
2 Using a dual boot system.
There are multiple boot partitions on one PC, on each of which a different version of the software is installed.
3 Using a ghost image.
Depending on the version of the software that has to be used, the relevant image file is installed on the PC.
4 Using a "virtual machine" (e.g. VMware Workstation).
With this software you can use multiple operating systems at the same time on one computer by virtualizing.
The relevant version of the software is then installed on each "virtual machine".

Note:
Use of the SIMATIC software in a "virtual machine" has not been system tested. SIEMENS AG provides no support for use of the software in a "virtual machine".
The relevant terms of license of the Microsoft company apply for using "VMware".

  1. How can you edit old projects without having to save them in the new "version of the software"?
No. Procedure
1 If you open an old WinCC flexible project with a more recent version of WinCC flexible, you first get a message indicating that the current configuration has been created with an older version of WinCC flexible.
After acknowledging this message, the project is converted automatically to the latest version. A backup is also made of the "old version".
You can then edit the configuration and save it via the menu item "Project > Save as version". More information is available in Entry ID: 33934262 .

Notes:

  • You can only save the configuration by one version lower (n-1) than the project file. No "(n-1)" Runtime file can be generated and transferred to the target device.
  • If you use functions that are only supported in the new version, then you cannot convert these functions.
  • To transfer the (n-1) version to the panel, you need a WinCC flexible "n-1" installation that you use to open and generate the "saved version".
  1. Can you save a newly created project as a specific version of the project?
No.  Procedure
1 You can save newly created projects via the menu item "Project > Save as version".
Note that you can only save the configuration by one version lower (n-1) than the project file. No "(n-1)" Runtime file can be generated and transferred to the target device.
  1. What should you pay attention to when upgrading a system (project transfer to the Panel or PC Runtime)?  
No. Procedure
1 Operating system update (Panels):
Depending on the version of WinCC flexible used, there are predefined versions of the image file (operating system version) for each operator panel.
Before a configuration is transferred to an operator panel, the system checks whether the right version of the operating system is on that operator panel.
If the image version on the operator panel does not match the version of WinCC flexible used, you receive a message telling you that you must first update the operating system.
How to do an OS update is described in Entry ID: 19701610
An overview of the matching image versions of WinCC flexible and the various operating panels is available in Entry ID: 21742389.

Notes:

  • An OS update overwrites all the internal user data on the Panel
    (recipes, passwords, licenses and OS settings).
    If you have changed/edited recipes or passwords online on the panel, you can save them using the "ProSave" software and then transfer them back to the panel after the OS update has been completed.
    Use the "Automation License Manager" to backup licenses.
  • By transferring the right image version you can always adapt the operator panel to the relevant version of WinCC flexible.
2 Operating system update (Panel PCs / PC Runtime systems):
There are no special image files for Panel PCs and PC Runtime systems.
For these systems you must install the appropriate WinCC flexible Runtime software in each case. Furthermore, you must change the Runtime license for each version accordingly.
3 General notes:
  • Machine downtimes:
    Remember that an OS update can take several minutes (depending on the panel) and the subsequent transfer of the configuration takes longer the first time.
  • Settings on the panel:
    After an OS update, you must reset various settings, e.g. Transfer settings.
    You should calibrate Touch Panels.
    (Control Panel > OP > Touch > Recalibrate)
  • Cables required:
    Check beforehand which cable connection your panel supports
    (see Entry ID: 19109408)
    If you are using a version of VMware, it is not possible to connect via a CP5512 or CP5611 (the CPs are not supported by the VMware).
    In this case you must transfer the configuration via a serial cable, a USB cable (see Entry ID: 19142034) or an Ethernet cable (crossed cable) (see Entry ID: 23800567).
 Entry ID:28531852   Date:2011-04-01 
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