The information in this article applies to:
I am getting a new computer and want to run Chief Architect on it. How do I move the program and all of the files that I need onto my new computer?
If your Support and Software Assurance (SSA) is current, then you can redownload and install the program following the instructions in your Digital Locker, just as you did on the initial installation on the old computer.
If you are using a discontinued version of the Chief Architect software, please verify that it is supported on your new computer's operating system by first checking the System Requirements.
There are a number of different files that can be migrated from one computer to another to make Chief run on a new computer much like it did on the old one:
You can move some or all of these files, as you desire.
Catalog locations for Windows 10/8/7/Vista:
Catalog locations for Windows XP:
Catalog locations for Mac:
Locate and open the folder with the name of the program version you are using (for example, "Chief Architect Premier X7"). Inside, you will see a number of folders, including Bonus Libraries, Core Libraries, Manufacturer Data, Manufacturer Libraries, Program_Data, and Referenced Files, as well as a file named dont_change.dat
The Program_Data folder and dont_change.dat file both contain encrypted registration information and MUST NOT be copied or backed up.
The other folders contain library content and can be copied and placed in their respective location on a different computer. When placing these files on the new computer, make sure that Chief Architect is not running. For more information about selecting and copying these files, see the related article on backing up library content linked at the bottom of this article.
To ensure that all material textures are included when you copy your User Catalog to a new computer, export the contents of your User Catalog and then import them into the library on your new computer. To learn how export the contents of the User Catalog, see the related article on backing up library content linked at the bottom of this article.
Custom toolbars, hotkeys, template files, and other user-specific data is saved in the program Data folder. The program Data folder is located in your Documents directory and its name will begin with the full name and version of your Chief Architect program followed by the word Data - for example, "Chief Architect Premier X7 Data".
You can copy the entire program Data folder from one computer to another and simply place it in the same location. As with library content, do not make this change while Chief Architect is running.
Although they do not affect the functionality of the program, you will probably also want to copy your drawings onto the new computer, as well. To preserve the links between plan and layout files, it is best to maintain the same file structure as on the old computer. To learn more, see the article on File Management linked at the bottom of this article. If your plan file gets unlinked from your layout you can restore these links using the steps outlined in the related article Message: Files not found in Layout, linked below.
Remember to migrate related support files like images, and custom textures, as well. One way to ensure that all files associated with a particular plan or layout are copied to the new computer is to use the Backup Entire Plan tool. There is an article on using the Backup Entire Plan tool linked at the bottom of this article.