Sunday, September 8, 2013

IDM (Internet Download Manager) information backup while operating system upgrade or change


Sometimes we plan to reinstall Operating System of our PC or laptop or plan to change

computer and want to transfer the current IDM settings and download list to the new

PC or laptop.


To transfer the old/current IDM settings and sownload list you have to do the


A. Setup the temp directory for IDM

1. Open IDM, Open "Options -> Save To" dialog ("Options -> Downloads" for old versions)

and look what folder is set in "Temporary directory" field (red arrow on the image).

Save this folder somewhere in order to use it later.


2. Do the same for each category download folder ( eg: General, Compressed,

Documents, Music, Programs, Video) to save the completed downloads. To see path for

each category folder select them in "Category" list box (red arrows on the image).


(Please note that by default "Application Data" folder ("AppData" for Windows 7) is

hidden. Show hidden files to show these folders.)

B. Export the registry file

1. Go to "Start ->run" and type "regedit".
2. Find "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\DownloadManager" registry key
3. Right click & click "Export" to save it.

IDM Registry

C. Restore the registry file & directories on new PC/laptop or operating system.

1. After Operating System reinstall or on a new computer, import registry key that

you have saved.

2. Then copy IDM temporary folder and all category download folders under same paths

that they had on initial system.

3. Then run IDM. If you done everything correct, IDM will use your old settings. You

should see a list of your downloads and be able to resume unfinished downloads.

Happy Downloading........:)

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