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How do I back up my EVE settings and move them to another computer?

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I am going to be getting a new computer. I'd like to know how I can back up my EVE settings (bookmarks, overview settings, etc.) and move them to the new computer. Which directories and files will I need to copy?


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Voting to close dupe question or merge with….other questions Rash listed due to be merged. :)

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rashmika [ Editor ]

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king of veld [ Editor ]

In Windows 7 and Vista, assuming default user profile location, EVE settings are saved in "C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\CCP\EVE".

In Windows XP, it's "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\CCP\EVE".

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In Windows 7 and Vista, you could use “%userprofile%\AppData\Local\CCP\EVE”. I can’t remember if XP has the %userprofile% variable, and I am not sure about Mac or Linux either.

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hylax ciai [ Editor ]

Hi there, it is relatively easy to backup all your settings, including bookmark folders, window positions and so on. Firstly you have to make sure that you can see all hidden files and folders.

EVE stores its cache and setting-files in one specific location which is:

Windows 7/Vista: (drive):\users\%username%\AppData\Local\CCP\EVE

Windows XP: (drive):\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\CCP\EVE

You will probably see multiple directories in that location, depending on how many EVE copies you have installed. The folders are labeled with the path to the corresponding EVE installation.

For example, if you have one EVE installation at C:\Program Files\CCP\EVE, this EVE installation will save it's settings in the folder which is labeled c_program_files_ccp_eve_tranquility

If you want to backup the settings of your main eve installation, you should backup the folder which ends with „ccp_eve_tranquility“.

So, after you have your new computer fully setup, follow these steps:

  1. Run EVE once, login and close it again.
  2. Navigate to the location, where EVE stores its settings (see above) and keep it open. (To make sure that it's the right folder, check the creation date)
  3. Open your backup, navigate into the backuped eve-settings folder.
  4. There should be two directories: settings and cache. Copy the settings directory.
  5. Paste the copied settings folder into the newly created EVE settings folder (most likely c_program_files_ccp_eve_tranquility)

While this might seem a bit technical, this is the only straight-forward way of getting a complete backup of the EVE settings. Someone should probably do a video tutorial on this :)

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Would this also capture the fittings and overview settings?

hylax ciai

I’m not sure about the fittings, but the overview settings can definitely be backuped this way.

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rashmika [ Editor ]

Hi, firstly I’ve never done this myself, so all I am offering is a theory! If you're using Win7 this may help. Your EVE settings should default to the EVE folder under your "My Documents". The two main folders to check are:

(drive):\users\ (user_id)\Documents\EVE\fittings

(drive):\users\ (user_id)\Documents\EVE\overview

Firstly, in EVE export all your fittings to a relevant file. The newly created backup should appear in the fittings folder. Then export all your overview fittings; they'll appear in the overview folder.

You may notice that you already have the .xml files in there, but I'd make the backups anyway for a "best practises" approach.

After you reinstall EVE, make sure you pop the above two .xml files into their respective locations. Go into EVE and then import the .xml files.

The Import/Export options can be found:

Right click on the white triangle on your overview and you'll get the import/export option at the bottom.

Open the fitting Window, click on browse and you'll get the two button options for import/export at the bottom left.

Your bookmarks are held server side, so you cannot back them up! I do not know how (or even if it is possible) to retain the bookmark folder structure without playing with your cache... so expect all your bookmarks to be mashed together!

I had a quick look in my install folder and I could not see any .ini files which may contain any unique to you and would be of use in terms of settings either. You may also want to consider looking at backing up your ingame browser favourites too. I believe they're held under your profile's appdata folder. However this is the cache data area and I would be wary of copying anything from here. Personally I'd let the cache recrate itself.

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This should also apply to Vista. I cannot verify where it would store the files in XP, but I would expect to find them under similar locations within your My Documents folder structure.

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