How to update Scrivener

I am working on a nonfiction book that is about 3/5 done. I downloaded Scrivener on a new laptop and entered my old license info. It would not accept the old license info but gave me the option of updtaing to the latest version at a discount. I would like to update the older version on my desktop (

Can you give me the steps I need to take to accomplish this without losing any work? When I select check for updates, it says that I am up to date.

Based on this version number you need the Windows version, is that correct?

(“Check for updates” finds the latest 1.x version it can update to directly, and you already have that installed. This may be a bit confusing, but it’s supposed to work this way.)

I’m not following you. I want Scrivener 3.0. I paid for the license on my laptop. My current version doesn’t mention that 3.0 is available as an update. So, I’m not sure what you are suggesting.

You can’t upgrade from version 1.x to 3.x “that way”, I just tried (and failed) to explain why. The point is:

Version 3 is a separate download. And it requires a separate license key, in your case at a discount because you’re upgrading.

As described here: Upgrade to Scrivener 3 for Windows | Literature and Latte

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Okay, I understand that. I have no problem downloading version 3.0, but I want to ensure that I won’t have any problems with my current project. Also, I deleted my old license info because I thought the new license was what I needed going forward. I don’t see anywhere where there’s a way to know how many computers you can have the same license or how many you have remaining.

Anywhere is here to see: Can I use my license on more than one computer? / Purchasing and Installation / Knowledge Base - Literature and Latte Support as linked from Help | Literature & Latte.

Probably can get assistance from Literature & Latte directly to get assistance on an old license if you need it.

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Make a copy of the project and open that first with v3. You don’t even need to buy it for that purpose (30 days trial).

We offer a “household” license, allowing you to use multiple computers. Simply download, install, and register each installation.

Your data is saved separately from the Scrivener application, and is not affected by installing/de-installing any version of Scrivener. Do be sure that you know where your projects are stored, though, as the new version’s “Recent Projects” menu may be empty. And of course having an extra backup is never a bad idea.

Scrivener 3 will convert your projects to the new format as they are opened, making a backup before it does so.

When you get a chance, I’d recommend taking a look at our upgrade guide for Scrivener 3, which you can download here: Scrivener 3: A Guide for Scrivener 1 Users | Literature and Latte

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I did as you suggested and so far so good.