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Registry Update for Family Tree Maker 2008-2012

Registry Update for Family Tree Maker 2008-2012

Answer ID 5697
What is the registry update and why do I need to install it?


Family Tree Maker utilizes an embedded version of Internet Explorer to perform some web based functions, such as when performing a web search. We have created a registry update which enables Family Tree Maker to utilize the current version of Internet Explorer.

Before you begin, please note that this article applies to Family Tree Maker versions 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 running on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. If you are running Family Tree Maker 2014 or a Mac version, you do not need to apply this update.

Installing on Windows Vista & Windows 7 - 10

  1. Close Family Tree Maker.
  2. Click here to download the update.
  3. Save the file to a location on your computer, such as to your desktop or where you can easily locate it.
  4. Once downloaded, browse to the location of the saved file on your computer. If you did not save the file to your desktop, click the Start button, then Computer to access your files.
  5. Right-click the file and select Extract All.


  6. Select a destination folder for the files, then click Extract. This will extract two .reg files.
  7. Double-click the file which is applicable to your Windows version. For example, if you’re running a 64-bit Windows version, double-click the 64-bit Windows Versions.reg file.

    Note: If you’re unsure as to whether you’re using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, please click here.

  8. You should receive a warning prompt similar to the one below. Click Yes to apply the update.


  9. A confirmation box will be displayed. Click OK to close.


  10. Reboot your computer to complete the update.

Note: If Windows is blocking the update from being applied, right-click the file and select Properties. On the General tab, in the lower-right corner area, select Unblock, then click OK and try applying the update again.

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