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■ All you need to know about transferring xplorer² settings
When xplorer² is installed on your main computer, it saves all settings (bookmarks, fonts, histories and what have you) in the registry
, for both professional and ultimate editions alike. If you buy a new computer and want to transfer your xplorer² license and settings from the old computer, you export your settings from the old and import them in the new as explained here
. In summary:
- Export settings. Before you uninstall xplorer², use Actions > Export settings menu command (if you have the ribbon UI use the command finder to locate this command)
- Transport settings. Copy the newly created settings file X2SETTINGS.REG on a USB stick and then plug it in the new PC.
- Install xplorer² on new PC. Download the best (latest) xplorer² your license will allow and use your unlock key to activate it — if you don't remember your license key, try to locate the email you received when you ordered xplorer².
You can also find your license in the old installation folder, a text file called X2.LIC
- Import settings. Start the freshly installed xplorer², then browse the USB stick folder that holds the exported settings file X2SETTINGS.REG, click on the REG file to select it and use Actions > Import settings menu command. When xplorer² restarts, it will appear just like it did on your old PC!
If xplorer² is not running you can simply double-click on the .REG file to import the settings
Some of your old settings won't be very useful when transferred. For example, unless your new PC folders have the exact same structure, some of your stored bookmarks and user commands won't be usable. If the new PC has much higher screen resolution (DPI), xplorer² will look ugly and you must manually tweak toolbar fonts
etc — something that's normall taken care of automatically.
Apart from the registry data, xplorer² stores some less important details in the system appdata folder (type SHELL:APPDATA\ZABKAT in the addressbar to see them). The table below explains what these data files are for. If you need them, just copy them to the new PC too (in the same appdata location) — make sure xplorer² is not running when you copy these files to the new PC.
||Stores color tag information for files and folders. Probably not worth transferring unless your paths remain exactly the same on your new PC
||Settings related to any WDX/WLX/WCX TC plugins you are using extending xplorer² preview and property system. Probably it's easier to use the TC plugin manager (see the blog post) to recreate this file with the correct new plugin paths.
Contents of your miniscrap pane (see View > Mini scrap menu command), probably not useful either
||Saved searches file(s) that appear in Tools > Recent search submenu in scrap containers. These could be actually useful, so consider porting them to the new PC.
If you run the ultimate edition and opted to save settings in File in user appdata folder, this is the INI settings file. Note: unless used in portable mode (on a USB stick), it is not advisable to store settings in INI files, it is much slower compared to registry!
This catalog file holds the offline database Deskrule uses to search in disconnected media. If you use this Deskrule's feature, you should definitely copy it across so you don't have to recreate the database index. As it is a huge file, better zip/compress it first.
Table 1. Explanation of settings files in APPDATA folder
In the interest of portability you can edit your bookmarks, user commands and other path-related settings to use system environmental variables like %WINDIR% and %X2DIR% — which holds xplorer² installation folder — instead of exact paths like C:\WINDOWS
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