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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