I installed V6 in a different directory and did a PCB with it. All went well at first. I like the changes and improvements.
Then I attempted to make some changes. Huge mess! Thanks to paulvdh for his assistance. It took a while, but now I am back to my initial problem.
Much is written in the FAQs about multiple versions installed on the same computer. Initially I ignored it, as my first foray into V6 went well. The board is built and working. But when I started to make changes, I noticed that some of my schematic files appeared to have V5 icons despite their being V6. Attempting to open them resulted in an error message “this doesn’t appear to be a eeschema file”. Attempting to open a similar PCB file resulted in “this file was created in a later version” etc. Opening the various project files showed they were trying to open in 5.12 instead of V6.
Then I received a set of schematics from another member of my team that were done in V6, but all the icons were V5 and wouldn’t open, with the same above error messages.
I then installed V6 on my laptop, which didn’t have KiCad on it. When opening his files, they were all correct and opened properly.
Now I had a clue. I returned to this Forum and began reading about multiple versions on Windows. I admit to not understanding the concept of environment variables. The more I read the more confused I get. I’ve never experienced this kind of trouble upgrading software.
My choice would be to just get rid of V5, but I do work for several others, and getting them to upgrade is like herding cats. There are a few boards done in V5 that I will have to deal with in the future. Is it possible to upgrade the existing V5 boards and schematics to V6? Or must I have both versions installed as per the details provided in the FAQs?
With V6, what files does another team member need to send me so I may begin the PCB process?
Thanks for all your help with these issues.