Family Tree Maker Update for Windows Vista Users


This update is intended for people who are using Family Tree Maker 2005, 2006 or 16 on a Windows Vista computer.
If you are not using Windows Vista you do not need to download this update.


Please Note: There is no Windows Vista compatibility update for Family Tree Maker 11 and earlier. If you plan on using Family Tree Maker on a computer with Windows Vista we recommend that you purchase the latest version of Family Tree Maker.


Update Steps:


  1. Download the Vista Compatibility update by clicking here and save it to your desktop.
  2. Double-click the FTMVistaUpdater.msi file on your desktop to launch the update installer.
  3. After clicking the FTMVistaUpdater.msi file you will see the following message:



  1. Click “Run.”
  2. The FTMVistaUpdater Setup Wizard will launch. Click “Next” to continue the installation.



  1. The next screen will allow you to select an installation folder. It is important to install the update to the same folder where Family Tree Maker is installed. Please confirm that the correct folder is selected and then click “Next.”



Please Note: If you are using a version prior to Family Tree Maker 16, the folder may display as “C:\” or something similar.  Do NOT install the update in that folder. You must install the update to the folder where Family Tree Maker was installed or the update will not work.


Locating the install folder

To determine where Family Tree Maker is installed:

a.            minimize the FTMVistaUpdater Setup Wizard.

b.            right-click on the FTM icon on your desktop or on the start menu.

c.             left-click on Properties.

d.            highlight all the text in the Start in field (this is where FTM is installed) and press Ctrl+C to copy the information in the "Start in" field, then click "Cancel" to close the Family Tree Maker Properties window.

e.            switch back to the FTMVistaUpdater program by clicking its icon in Windows taskbar.

f.             erase the text “C:\” (or whatever it shows).

g.            paste what you copied into the Folder field in the screen shown above by pressing Ctrl+V.

h.            erase the quotations at the beginning and at the end of the location.


  1. Click “Next.” You will receive the following confirmation screen:




  1. Click “Next” to confirm the installation. After the update has successfully installed on your computer you will receive an installation complete screen.



  1. Click “Close.”
  2. Important: Before running Family Tree Maker for the first time after the update is installed you must run the program as administrator. If you do not have rights to run a program as administrator you must contact your systems administrator in order to complete the update installation.

    To run the program as administrator:

    1. right-click on your Family Tree Maker icon
    2. select the “Run as administrator” option



    1. Microsoft Vista will open a window asking you to confirm that Family Tree Maker should run as administrator


    1. Click “Allow.”
  1. Family Tree Maker will load normally and the update process is now complete. It will not be necessary to right-click the Family Tree Maker icon and select “Run as administrator” when you launch Family Tree Maker in the future.
  2. You may now delete the update file on the Desktop by right-clicking on the FTMVistaUpdater.msi icon and choosing "Delete" with a left-click. Click "Yes" on the delete confirmation window.



Please Note:

Microsoft Vista includes new security features which block Family Tree Maker from allowing you to preview a book unless Family Tree Maker is running as administrator. If you would like to preview a book you must either launch Family Tree Maker as administrator by following the instructions outlined in step 10 above or permanently set Family Tree Maker to run as administrator.

If you would like to set FTM to always run as administrator:


  1. Right-click on the Family Tree Maker icon and use the left-mouse button to select Properties. The following screen will appear:



  1. Click the “Shortcut” tab.
  2. Click the “Advanced” button near the bottom of the window. An “Advanced Properties” window will appear.


  1. In the “Advanced Properties” dialog click the “Run as administrator” checkbox and then click “OK.”
    Please be aware that Microsoft Vista will ask you to confirm that you would like to run Family Tree Maker as administrator every time the application is launched.
  2. Click "OK" again to dismiss the Family Tree Maker Properties window.
  3. You will now be able to preview PDF books from within Family Tree Maker.