How to Move a Lightroom Profile to a New PC?


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    How to Move a Lightroom Profile to a New PC?


    I built a new PC and installed Windows 11. However, my user name is different to the old PC (thanks to using local & Microsoft accounts) which means the Lightroom file paths are different - e.g. c:\users\name 1 versus c:\users\name2. How do I transfer my Lightroom profile to the new PC so all works including the file edits in the Catalog?
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    Steve C said:
    I built a new PC and installed Windows 11. However, my user name is different to the old PC (thanks to using local & Microsoft accounts) which means the Lightroom file paths are different - e.g. c:\users\name 1 versus c:\users\name2. How do I transfer my Lightroom profile to the new PC so all works including the file edits in the Catalog?
    Check out the LightroomQueen forums and posts. Lightroom Queen Forums Very highly recommended.
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    x509 said:
    Check out the LightroomQueen forums and posts. Lightroom Queen Forums Very highly recommended.
    Thanks. Oddly when I reinstalled LR on the new PC the photos and edits were picked up using the previous Catalog despite the photos being under a different folder tree - probably helped by haing .xmp files stored with the photos. The only thing I had to do was to copy over the presets from the old installation to C:\Users\myname\AppData\Roaming\Adobe.
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    Steve C said:
    Thanks. Oddly when I reinstalled LR on the new PC the photos and edits were picked up using the previous Catalog despite the photos being under a different folder tree - probably helped by haivng .xmp files stored with the photos. The only thing I had to do was to copy over the presets from the old installation to C:\Users\myname\AppData\Roaming\Adobe.
    Lots of people in that Adobe forum turn off the option to write XMP files because it mostly duplicates the catalog, and it slows down overall LR operation. To me that duplication is valuable, and you have just demonstrated that.

    LR is a beast. Probably need 32 GB for decent operation, fast SSD for the catalog file, a large HDD for image storage, and a mid-range or better GPU, especially with the new AI-based features.
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