Topic "How to backup all settings (incl. sessions) into a file ?"

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pstein
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Assume I have adjusted a couple of WinSCP settings and defined some sessions. Now I want to backup/save all these settings into a file.

Whenever my OS crashes and I have to re-install it I want to just load all previously saved WinSCP settings from this file.

Furthermore I want to copy this file to another computer (e.g.my notebook) and to load the WinSCP settings into this, second installation.

How do I backup all the settings ?
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martin
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Please read documentation.
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Martin Prikryl
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hey, that's a great feature!

recently i had to re-install my computer and was looking for some winscp config files on the hard-disk, but wasn't able to find any. since the re-install was rather urgent, there was no time to post into the forum and wait for replies.

now i just switched the storage method to ini-file. unfortunately, i realized that the ini-file is stored in winscp's program directory rather than in the user profile directory ("documents and settings").

maybe it would be worth considering to store the settings (i.e. the ini-file) in the user profiles. i guess, windows users tend more likely to backup their "documents and settings" directories than their "program files" directories.

cheers,
christoph
martin
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cober wrote:
maybe it would be worth considering to store the settings (i.e. the ini-file) in the user profiles. i guess, windows users tend more likely to backup their "documents and settings" directories than their "program files" directories.

On the other hand the present approach greatly simplifies portability of the application. You can always change the location of an INI file with /ini file parameter.
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NOTE:
In win 7 and Vista, winscp cannot access .ini file in Program Files. You should run it as Administrator to have access to this file.
Silvano Santos

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As I do. Create sessions in Putty, make backup. In WinSCP - tools - import, will show the settings of putty.

Backup Putty
execute/Prompt
regedit /e C:\putty_backup.reg HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham
eeyler

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I want to export my configuration (PC is about to be rebuilt) so I can restore it in case of system disaster recovery. I see in documentation a feature should exist for it, but it does not.

As a backup, I've exported the registry key for WinSCP, but I'd really like to do as the documentation suggests. Any idea why I dont see the export choice in tools?
martin
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eeyler wrote:
I want to export my configuration (PC is about to be rebuilt) so I can restore it in case of system disaster recovery. I see in documentation a feature should exist for it, but it does not.

As a backup, I've exported the registry key for WinSCP, but I'd really like to do as the documentation suggests. Any idea why I dont see the export choice in tools?

You are probably not using the latest version of WinSCP. Earlier versions had Export button on Properties dialog. Anyway, having exported the registry settings is just ok (You may have problems only when transferring configuration between 32 and 64 bit systems).
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