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How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 7:15 am
by lahatte
I have a need to get a faster computer. The problem is I have a LOT of plugins and virtual instruments, presets, etc.

What are you thoughts on how to make the transition without having to try and re-install what has taken a couple of years to get to this point?

I do know where all my plugins are stored, but some things require 'installation', it seems. For example, I wouldn't know what to do to get the Native Instrument stuff working (except Kontakt) without re-installing.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:51 pm
by Prock
Most likely you will have to reinstall your plugins. When I upgraded my computer I knew all of my 3rd party VSTs need to be reauthorized so I just bit the bullet and tidied up where years of stuff was installed to. No fun but, it was well worth it. Good luck. ;)

Regards 8-)

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:56 pm
by MattiasNYC
In my experience a clean install gives you the smoothest experience once you're done. I agree though, it's no fun.

Of course, for things like sample libraries we're really only dealing with samples so in those cases you should be able to just copy/past folders and then rescan libraries within the plugins, same as I would with sound effects in Nuendo.

The one thing to do throughout a workstation's lifetime is to store installers somewhere, as well as store serial numbers somewhere (nowadays I have that in original emails/accounts). And in my case the software I care about lives on my eLicenser and iLok keys. So while it's annoying I can grab my installers, run them, plug in my dongles and then I'm done. Takes time, but manageable. Better than hunting conflicts and errors after doing differently.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:35 am
by lahatte
Indeed. I have my licences (those that go there) on iLok. I have a lot of Kontakt instruments, but those should be easy as far as locating, then just need to re-authorise some with Native Access.

I don't know... maybe even with a couple thousand plugins it would be manageable to install the ones that require it, and re-apply the licences. I can imagine starting Cubase, then spending a day or two just providing requested licence numbers for the plugins being scanned.

And yes, I have all the installers and purchase info saved for each product I have bought/downloaded.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:36 am
by lahatte
What about saved presets in Cubase? Like, saved plugin chains, VST settings and presets saved via Cubase, etc.? Where are those Cubase presets stored? And of course, the VST Manager list... I do NOT want to have to recreate/re-organize that!

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:39 am
by lahatte
Of course, one option 'might' be to take the drives from the old computer and put them in the new system, and see if Windows will install the drivers needed for the new hardware.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:12 pm
by MattiasNYC
lahatte wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:36 am
What about saved presets in Cubase? Like, saved plugin chains, VST settings and presets saved via Cubase, etc.? Where are those Cubase presets stored? And of course, the VST Manager list... I do NOT want to have to recreate/re-organize that!
Good question for sure.

If I were you I'd just search the knowledgebase or official site or forum and you should be able to find that information. I would expect you would be able to find presets and copy-paste them. Even if you can't though you should (I hope) be able to open older projects on the new system and re-save as preset as you go along. Annoying and time consuming but doable.

But again, I think you can do a search in the appropriate section...

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 3:13 pm
by MattiasNYC

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2019 11:38 pm
by lahatte
...ten hours later;

Thanks! :)

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:37 am
by Patanjali
lahatte wrote:
Sun Aug 04, 2019 1:39 am
Of course, one option 'might' be to take the drives from the old computer and put them in the new system, and see if Windows will install the drivers needed for the new hardware.
That's exactly what I've done for several upgrades of motherboard+cpu+ram.

Windows seems to sort it all out alright. Then cleanup the registry with CCleaner.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:49 am
by lahatte
Nice.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:48 am
by carlos123
when you update your systems, maybe you must to reinstall the drivers needed for the new hardware.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Mon Aug 26, 2019 5:50 pm
by Patanjali
carlos123 wrote:
Sun Aug 25, 2019 10:48 am
when you update your systems, maybe you must to reinstall the drivers needed for the new hardware.
That has happened automatically on recent versions of Windows.

You put in the new hardware, and Windows tries to get it to work, which is what happens when installing Windows from scratch on a system, but the former process is just more selective about what it has to update.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:54 am
by Vital Few
I cloned my harddrive, made a litle hack in the registry, and moved it to another system. The only thing I needed to do was to reactivate windows. Works every time.
It is described as method 2 in the link below. Just remember to do the hack before you move the drive.

https://www.minitool.com/backup-tips/up ... ndows.html

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:10 pm
by Patanjali
Vital Few wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:54 am
..made a litle hack in the registry,...
Must have been a Windows 7 issue, because 8 and 10 didn't need it. Perhaps one of the many changes MS made for 8 under the hood.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Mon Sep 02, 2019 3:07 pm
by Vital Few
Patanjali wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 2:10 pm
Vital Few wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:54 am
..made a litle hack in the registry,...
Must have been a Windows 7 issue, because 8 and 10 didn't need it. Perhaps one of the many changes MS made for 8 under the hood.
That is correct. It was windows 7. Haven't seen the point of changing to 10 yet.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:03 am
by cherry2020
It is best way to use usb to restore your system, at first you must install the mini system into you usbm then put the ghost file to usb, finnally, you can use the usb drive to reinstall your system.

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:15 pm
by Basil79
i have windows 7 and need to update how can i do it

Re: How do you update your computer system?

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:01 am
by Patanjali
Basil79 wrote:
Sun Mar 08, 2020 1:15 pm
i have windows 7 and need to update how can i do it
This might help to do an update: https://www.zdnet.com/article/heres-how ... 0-upgrade/