Tips and tricks if you're switching from manual ZIP installation to the installer version
Although the installer provides a much easier and convenient way to install and update the application than the ZIP file, there are a few things worth mentioning, specially if you're migrating from one installation method to the other:
- It's normal that the installer doesn't detect your manually ZIP-installed application as it has no way to know where the files are located in your system. You have 2 options, the first way (and recommended) is to install into a new folder, usually "C:\Program Files (x86)\GXEdit4\" and after installation copy the banks, patches etc... subfolders from the old application folder to this new one, or you can, with more complexity, follow the steps described in the following text.
- You will notice, that in the installer, at the stage of path selection for installation, if you select a folder in your system, the directory "GXEdit4" is appended to the path ALWAYS. If you have a regular (Zip file extracted) installation for the application and want the installer to overwrite your current files and preserve your files like banks, presets etc... just rename the folder where the executable is, to "GXEdit4" and select its path parent in the "Browse for folder" window. For example if you have Sound Station installed manually into "C:\Programs\GX-700 Sound Station\" rename the folder named "GX-700 Sound Station" to "GXEdit4" and select "C:\Programs" in the installer. This will result in "C:\Programs\GXEdit4\" displayed in the installer and that's what you're looking for. Your own banks, patches etc... will be ready to use from the newly installed application. Don't forget to remove the "GXEdit.INI" file if you choose to follow this process of installation.
- Do NOT copy the "GXEdit.INI" file from one folder to another one, it's preferable to configure the software from scratch than doing this (there isn't much to configure anyway). The reason is the way the configuration of presets, current bank and current visual scheme are stored in the INI file, it doesn't use relative paths, it uses absolute paths instead.
- It's ok though, to copy the banks, patches, schemes and any other subfolders from your old directory where you had the application installed to the newly created "GXEdit4" installer target folder. It's just the INI file you shouldn't copy as it would generate inconsistencies for the mentioned reason.
- Don't forget to register the file extensions once (with the menu command "Options->Register extensions") when all is settled down in the new installation and remember administrator level is required to perform this action.
- Once installed with the installer, if you want to remove the software or wish to change the installation folder you should uninstall it properly. Use the standard method to uninstall software from your Windows operating system, the "Remove programs" Windows feature. Sound Station should be listed there as "GX-700 Sound Station (Uninstall)".
- BE CAREFUL if you decide to uninstall as the uninstaller will remove any files in the application folders, like banks, patches, presets, schemes etc.. even those that weren't added/installed by the installer itself. So always make a backup of any relevant files before, if you really need to uninstall.
- After a successful uninstallation the only file remaining in your system related to the application will be the uninstaller, named "Uninstaller.exe" and the folder "GXEdit4" in which the uninstaller file resides, if you want to completely remove any trace of the application you will need to remove that folder and file manually. The registry entries associated with the program will be 100% removed, and the shortcuts created by the installer will be eliminated from your start menu and desktop.
Keeping all these things in mind when upgrading to the installer version is important, even if it causes you this first migration headache, it completely worths switching to the installer version as it provides an easier way to update, mainly. And eventually the ZIP file download will probably not be available for future updates. Upgrade to the installer now!
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