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Backup and Transfer Foobar2000 to a New Computer

If you are a fan of Foobar2000 you undoubtedly have tweaked it to the point where you don’t want to set it all up again on a new machine. Here we look at how to transfer Foobar2000 settings to a new Windows 7 machine.

Note: For this article we are transferring Foobar2000 settings from on Windows 7 machine to another over a network running Windows Home Server. 

Foobar2000

Foobar2000 is an awesome music player which is highly customizable and we’ve previously covered. Here we take a look at how it’s set up on the current machine. It’s a nothing flashy, but is set up for our needs and includes a lot of components and playlists.

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Backup Files

Rather than wasting time setting everything up again on a new machine, we can backup the important files and replace them on the new machine. First type or copy the following into the Explorer address bar.

%appdata%\foobar2000

Now copy all of the files in the folder and store them on a network drive or some type removable media or device.

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New Machine

Now you can install the latest version of Foobar2000 on your new machine. You can go with a Standard install as we will be replacing our backed up configuration files anyway.

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When it launches, it will be set with all the defaults…and we want what we had back.

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Browse to the following on the new machine…

%appdata%\foobar2000

Delete all of the files in this directory…

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Then replace them with the ones we backed up from the other machine.

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You’ll also want to navigate to C:\Program Files\Foobar2000 and replace the existing Components folder with the backed up one.

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When you get the screen telling you there is already files of the same name, select Move and Replace, and check the box Do this for the next 6 conflicts.

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Now we’re back in business! Everything is exactly as it was on the old machine.

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In this example, we were moving the Foobar2000 files from a computer on the same home network. All the music is coming from a directory on our Windows Home Server so they hadn’t changed. If you’re moving these files to a computer on another machine… say your work computer, you’ll need to adjust where the music folders point to.

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Windows XP

If you’re setting up Foobar2000 on an XP machine, you can enter the following into the Run line.

%appdata%\foobar2000

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Then copy your backed up files into the Foobar2000 folder, and remember to swap out the Components folder in C:\Program Files\Foobar2000.

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Confirm to replace the files and folders by clicking Yes to All

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Conclusion

This method worked perfectly for us on our home network setup. There might be some other things that will need a bit of tweaking, but overall the process is quick and easy. There is a lot of cool things you can do with Foobar2000 like rip an audio CD to FlAC. If you’re a fan of Foobar2000 or considering switching to it, we will be covering more awesome features in future articles.

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  • Published 06/9/10

Comments (6)

  1. tommy belk

    I’ve been reluctant to replace my 2008 version of foobar2000 v 0.9.5.3 because I’m afraid the newer version will not perform the same with my components. It’s been so long since I set it up, I don’t know if I could do it again. Know of any issues?

  2. tommy belk

    Whoops!! Found my own answer in release notes on download page.

  3. Starterz

    This is apsolutely too complicated. You can install Foobar2000 as “portable installation”, the installer gives you the option. Then, ALL config is in Foobar2000′s folder, nothing is written to registry. Whatever the configuration, you can anytime just copy the whole folder, or zip/rar the whole folder for backup purposes. One thing to lookout is that if you have a Biography component installed, it saves all artist data (pics mostly) by default, and the folder can get quite big as time goes. When upgrading to a new version, just install in the same (portable) folder and everything is OK. I have been using this for a year, and also made 2-3 upgrades since 1.0 came out, works like a charm. You get _the same_ Foobar2000 config whenever and wherever you like – you may just have to change the path to the music collection. My config at http://starterz.deviantart.com/art/New-MyFoobar2000-160269464 Stay well.

  4. Nikhil Vijayan

    Exactly what I was looking for, I’ve had my Foobar crash and burn (literally become FUBAR) and open up a default version without the global shortcuts (which is half the reason I use it). Thanks for this post!

  5. Steve

    Best
    Playlists
    Ever

  6. Matt

    Thank you. That was easy as pie.

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