Lightroom CC: Catalog on Windows 8 doesn't load on Windows 7 Home Premium

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I have Lightroom working via a external hard disc driver on a laptop running Windows 8. When I plug in the external drive on my PC (running Windows 7 home premium) it will not load the catalogue.  Any ideas. Please help. Thanks Rach
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Tom Mickow

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Would need some more info to know where to start -
  1. When you plug the external drive into the Win7 machine, does it see it?  Meaning, can you open Windows Explorer and browse the drive?
  2. Is the external drive being assigned the same drive letter when it gets plugged into both machines?  In other words, does it show up as "E:" on both the Win7 & Win8 computers?
  3. Are you running the same version of Lightroom on both machines?
  4. Are you getting an error message when you try to open the catalog on the Win7 machine?
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Hi Tom

Many thanks for your reply.  I will answer as per your points:  Hope this is OK?

1.  Yes it does see it and can browse the drive.

2.  Good point.  That does not happen.

3.  Lightroom is the same on both machines

4. No.  It can see the files as per numbers but not the pictures.  It sees the file but when I look at explorer it does not shown the LR icon with the file.

Thanks

Rach
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  1. Good.
  2. Bad.  You didn't mention it, but I'm assuming you've got not only your catalog, but the actual images stored on this external drive as well?  Lr keeps track of the path to those images, so it won't be able to find your images if the drive letters are different on the two different computers.  You're going to want to change the drive letter so it comes up the same on both.  If you do a little Google search, you'll find all sorts of how-to's online.  Here's a link to one.
  3. Good.
  4. Not exactly sure what you mean.  Are you trying to open the catalog from Lr or from Windows Explorer?  If Explorer, I'd recommend doing it from Lr.  Open Lr and go to File --> Open Catalog and browse to the location where your .lrcat file is stored.  If I'm completely missing what you're saying, a screenshot might help.