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Leaving Iris - Can we still access old data?

Leaving Iris - Can we still access old data?

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Hi all, 

Quick question, most likely very simple to answer:

My boss is moving from Iris to another accounts package, and is wondering if we will be able to access the old data we hold on the programmes once the licence finishes? If so, does it run out at any point? We've not let our licences lapse before, and can't seem to find any answers elsewhere.

I've got much better things to do than to sit and PDF all the clients TB's, posting lists and nominal ledgers that no-one else has done for the past 4 years we've been on Iris for each individual year, and if we'll have definite access afterwords, that would make my Friday afternoon a lot easier!

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By Steve McQueen
15th Aug 2014 18:59

It's not me is it...
I'm just about to move from iris to Digita. My understanding from both companies is that when the licence runs out it goes read only until you eventually take it of the network

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By rjoconnor81
15th Aug 2014 23:20

Sage

I know you are not asking about sage but when you leave sage you don't get a read only license, you lose access to all your data.  

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By Brugesbear
16th Aug 2014 11:02

It's 4 years since I last used IRIS but once a licence had expired previously, read-only access was still available. If you change the system date on your PC to one before the expiry date before you open the software, you can still get full access.

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By Old Greying Accountant
16th Aug 2014 22:38

Not advisable ...

Brugesbear wrote:

It's 4 years since I last used IRIS but once a licence had expired previously, read-only access was still available. If you change the system date on your PC to one before the expiry date before you open the software, you can still get full access.

... on a network, can cause all sorts of problems, plus has limited use in next tax year, if FRS's change etc.

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By carnmores
17th Aug 2014 13:04

in my opinion

the data is yours and you should always have access to it and any attempt to withhold should be dealt with  

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By Reifes
18th Aug 2014 09:13

Thanks guys. 

Thanks guys. 

Nearly finished backing up in PDF's anyway.

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By IanClark
18th Aug 2014 13:10

Yes you have access

I left Iris at the end of January and I still have full access to all the modules, but of course on a read-only basis.

I should compliment them on that, as when I left the previous provider some 12 years ago they locked me out of everything

 

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By Hosted Accountants Ltd
18th Aug 2014 14:28

Read-only mode

Both IRIS and Digita simply change to read-only when you expire. You don't lose the data and you can access this indefinitely.

However if you decide to re-activate later on you will struggle because your database/s will need upgrading which is a load of hassle for the support teams....

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By WESTA
28th May 2019 11:14

So What is the legal position when a license has been ended ? Eg. We have paid to use and file online up to 31.12.18 ( isn't this similar (almost) buying a product ?)
My understanding is that we should have at least read only access up to 31/12/18.. with no other functionality...

Please share some thoughts

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By andy.partridge
28th May 2019 11:30

A thought to share. How about you start a new thread rather than resurrect one that's 5 years old that tends to [***] people off.

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