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This page describes the steps necessary to transfer GedSite from one computer to another. Follow these steps if you get a new PC, or you want to use GedSite on your laptop PC but it is currently installed on your desktop PC, etc.

See the "License Grant" section of the End User License Agreement for multiple-computer usage restrictions.

Please read all the instructions before you start.


To perform the following steps, you may need to download files from the web and/or transfer files from one PC to another. To download files, you will need an Internet connection and browser program. If the new PC does not have an Internet connection, you'll have to download to a PC with an Internet connection and transfer files from that PC to the new PC.

You can transfer files between PCs several ways. A straight-forward method is to copy files via a USB flash drive (AKA "thumb drive"). If the two PCs are on the same local area network, you can move files over that network.


The instructions refer to the GedSite folder. That folder is a subfolder of the "Documents" folder, the special folder in Windows where Microsoft encourages users to store their personal data files.

These instructions refer to an old PC and a new PC. The old PC is where GedSite is installed now, and the new PC is where you want to install it next. The actual age of the PCs doesn't matter.


  1. On the new PC, install your genealogy program and move the data files associated with it if you have not already done so.
  2. Download the install file for GedSite from the download page. Run the install file to install the program.

    You cannot move GedSite by copying the program files that are installed on your old PC. You must use the GedSite install program to install it on the new PC.

  3. After GedSite is installed, start it. Starting GedSite will create the GedSite folder on the new PC.

    You will be prompted for your license information. Specify the exact values that were sent to you when you purchased your GedSite license. If you have changed your name or email address, do not specify the new values. You must use the information you provided at the time the license was issued.

  4. After entering your registration data, close GedSite.

  5. Copy your GedSite file(s) and the associated Input (-i) folder(s) from your old PC to your new PC. GedSite files have the extension .gsfile. They are usually located under the GedSite folder. Copy the files to the GedSite folder on the new PC.
  6. If you have defined any special folders under the GedSite folder, such as "Languages" or "Scripts", copy thoses folders from the old PC to the new PC.
  7. Start GedSite again. GedSite on your new PC will have no "recently used files" history for your GedSite files. To open your GedSite file, use the File > Open command and then use the standard Microsoft Windows methods to move to the folder that contains the file and open it.
  8. When the GedSite file is open, you will see the "Main" section.
    • If the GEDCOM input file is in the same location on the new PC as on the old PC, GedSite will load the GEDCOM file and its path will appear under the [Choose GEDCOM File...] button. You are done.
    • If the GEDCOM input file is not in the same location on the new PC as on the old PC, GedSite will need your help to find it. Click the [Open GEDCOM File...] button, navigate to the location of your GEDCOM file, and open it. After the GEDCOM file is loaded, go to the Tags section under the Data section and review the selected Tag Types to make sure that the tags you want to include in your output are checked and the others are not.

After performing the steps, you should be able to use GedSite on the new PC.