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Old 03-01-2023, 10:44 AM   #1
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Default Updating GCA5 to the Newest Version

GCA can update a lot of the files it uses through the Package Manager in the Check for Updates system. It can even tell you that a new update for itself is available. Unfortunately, GCA can not update its primary program files through this system. To update GCA itself, you have to reinstall it from the setup program available on Warehouse23--the same way you originally installed GCA.

Here's how you do that.

New Way - Using the new Warehouse 23 on Shopify
  1. Go to the new
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Click on the View Downloads button on the left side.
  4. Search for GURPS Character Assistant.
    (There is no search box for your downloads--the search box here searches the whole store. Use CTRL+F to use your browser's search or search manually.)
  5. Click on the GURPS Character Assistant (SJG31-4001) link.
    (Clicking this link does not yet download GCA, it takes you to another page for all the downloads available for that order.)
  6. Find GURPS Character Assistant again on this new page, and click the Download File button to download the ZIP.
  7. The downloaded file will be called
    (If your browser lets you rename the download, you may want to do that before you save it. You may also want to open it immediately once the download ends, because you're unlikely to remember what this file is called later.)
Tips for the new store:
  • If you have NOT created an account there yet, use the same email address at the new store as you had at the old store, and your account information should be there waiting for you.
  • When logging into the new store, you must use your email address. The old store required you to use an account 'name' instead of your email address. This absolutely can trip you up.
  • If you use a password manager to auto-fill login information, you may have problems as it tries to fill in the login info for the OLD store. Be aware that this may be an issue so you can work around it. The OLD store is now at and you may need to manually update your saved data for each store to get your password manager to work correctly.
  • If you're having trouble with the new store you can get help from Warehouse 23 staff. I can not help you! At the top of the store page, click Contact Us. That'll open a new page with some options, such as opening a support ticket. There is also an email address ( and a phone number you can use.

Old Way - Using the old Warehouse 23

For the time being, if you originally purchased GCA from the OLD store, you may get the current version of the installer from the OLD store.
  1. Go to
  2. Log into your account.
  3. Click the Downloads item on your My Account menu.
  4. Search for GURPS Character Assistant.
    (The search box here will search your downloads, it just takes a second.)
  5. Click on the entry in the Download Links column for GURPS Character Assistant to download the ZIP.
  6. The downloaded file will be called

Tip for the old store: Remember that the old store login is a username, not an email address. (Hopefully you still have your password for the old store as well.)

Once You've Downloaded the ZIP File

Extract the EXE and run it. You'll probably have to tell Windows that yes, you really want to run it, same as you did when you first installed it.

Do the Setup thing. It should be a truncated install, because you already have a copy. After that, you should be updated to the newest release version.

I hope this helps to keep your GCA up to date!
Armin D. Sykes | Visit my GCA5 blog for updates and previews. | Get GURPS Character Assistant 5 now at Warehouse 23.

Last edited by Armin; 04-07-2023 at 09:35 AM. Reason: updated info again
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