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Entry type: FAQ Entry ID: 66027369, Entry date: 07/02/2014

How do you do a program upload in STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V12 when the device has been configured with STEP 7 V11?

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The "Compatibility Mode V11" must be opened if a program upload of a device configured with STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V11 (a SIMATIC controller, for example) is to be made in STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V12. However, this is only possible if a STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V11 project is open.

For the case that you do not have a STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V11 project, we have included an empty STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V11 project for downloading in this FAQ response.

The download contains the "compatibility_mode_V11_V12.zip" project.
Copy the "compatibility_mode_V11_V12.zip" file into a separate directory and then start the file with a double-click. You can then use STEP 7 to open and process the extracted project data.

compatibility_mode_V11_V12.zip ( 376 KB )

More information is available in Entry ID 82169157 if in TIA Portal V13 you have to load project data from a device that has been configured with TIA Portal V12.

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The download in this FAQ response was created with STEP 7 (TIA Portal) V11 SP2 Update 5.

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