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Moving Computers

Moving Computers

Moving Computers

I am about to transition to a new computer and I do not want to lose my CUI settings (to include customizations made to tabs and panels on the ribbon). About 6 months ago when I changed jobs I saved a new .cuix file and though it would be simple to just load it up and be back up in no time. It turned into a disaster. I basically used the transfer tab to copy individual panel elements between my .cuix file and the main file. I figure there has to be a better way than that so I am hoping someone can help me out with some step by step instructions. I am running AutoCAD 2013. Thanks in advance.

RE: Moving Computers

Take a screenshot :)

This blog i found online a while ago worked for me at the time of changing someone elses computer. no promises but a good spot to try & start.

try it out before you remove your settings or remove the old computer if possible

RE: Moving Computers

Thanks for the input everyone. Brandon, that was what I tried the last time and it was the disaster. I could just grab the the tabs and the panels as a whole and get them to transfer. I had to go into each panel and move commands. I did end up finding a migrate settings button in the AutoCAD folder of the start menu. As soon as I get the new (to me) computer up, I plan on trying that.

RE: Moving Computers

Please, please let us know the outcome.

This is a problem that every AutoCAD user will encounter at some point.

I have always had to start from scratch when moving to a new computer. Which is not always a bad thing as you are forced to learn more about AutoCAD, but it always happens when you can least afford the time expended.

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RE: Moving Computers

The key here is how one does sets up CUI customization in the first place. After much research, I found it best to NEVER alter the standard AutoCAD elements.

I create new elements or alternatives to AutoCAD elements in a NEW custom CUI loaded as a "Partial CUI". Restoring this after a program update or changing machines is accomplished simply with the LOADCUI command and restoring a workspace (that is also previously saved in the custom CUI).

Updates can potentially overwrite the standard CUI elements but will not affect my custom CUI.

RE: Moving Computers

I tried using the migrate custom settings "folder" in the start menu under AutoCAD 2014. It has worked great for 2014. I also tried the migrate from a previous release application in AutoCAD 2015. It went pretty smoothly (for some reason a couple of the buttons in a modified ribbon tab changed the size/text configuration). I was able to export my settings to a single zip file (3.5 MB), place it on the network and just pull from the file; no muss no fuss.

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