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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 11:18:59 AM   
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But even on the same PC the reg entries would only point to installed game and not to a copy from it, you needed to edit the registry then too (better do this not LOL). But I will try it later, thanks...

eg, the reg entry would point to folder c:matrix/witp (etc), another copy most have another name too so the registry would only point to the orig install (but maybe this registry knowledge I have is outdated, I worked in XP with the registry for a while, not in 7 there is no need anymore, except some cleaning of entries)


you don't need to edit the registry - it just works

if its not working for you then maybe there is some other problem, maybe bad install???




I have not tried on the same PC, so far I only run different scens but not diff versions of exe, I only know on another PC it does not work :) And I better stay away from even more diff scens and versions LOL I am working on another scen27 updated stock scen2 scen btw. :)

For me I do not need 2 installs on the SAME PC, I need another one or two at other PCs, I if PC1 HD crashed I only need some minutes to connect PC2 and am fine again. I have still 10 or so 250GB Seagate HDs so I could have 10 different PCs in theory (I only have 5-6 mainboards left however), so it would be 5-6 PCs.

If you want a low cost 2nd PC and need parts you can PM me btw (Europe), WITP runs fine on the older setups. You do not need a PC for 1000€ or brandnew (might even be too fast)

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 1:12:23 PM   
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Yep, copying folders from an install works. I think I have 7 or 8 of them. 3 sandbox, 1 game (waiting for time to play ), 3 or 4 mod development of differeing aspects of the mod.

I don't feel so dirty now. I only have 6 copied directories...

I have 10 right now, does that make me 'dirty?'

Dirty, dirty, dirty.

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 2:37:40 PM   
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Only if you have ten Trackers installed as well.

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 6:16:56 PM   
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I am not sure how everyone else handles this, but I have a single folder on my desktop named WitP.
In that folder I have a folder for all of the installs I want to access( I thin 7 now ). Inside each
of those folders I have shortcuts to the proper files I need( .exe, tracker, combat reporter, intel monkey, etc.

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 6:49:30 PM   
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I have a shortcut on my desktop to a folder called WiTP:AEs.

There I have five different WITP:AE folders, one for each game install. Each folder contains all info pertaining to the particular campaign, dedicated Trackers, AAR, screenshots and shortcuts to the installation folders. I always use one game install for one specific campaign so I can use all the save slots for the campaign. I think I am set.

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/20/2017 7:42:33 PM   
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I am not sure how everyone else handles this, but I have a single folder on my desktop named WitP.
In that folder I have a folder for all of the installs I want to access( I thin 7 now ). Inside each
of those folders I have shortcuts to the proper files I need( .exe, tracker, combat reporter, intel monkey, etc.

Ditto.

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RE: Can you have two installs of AE at the same time - 4/21/2017 10:14:19 AM   
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Most of the not working copied folders are caused by missing the hidden file "maga.mg" that needs to be in the game directory. Unfortunately the copy behaviour of hidden files in windows varies by copy method:

a) You select the game directory from one level up and copy the folder: Copies all files (including hidden ones) -> Should work
b) You go into the game directory and select all files (manually or with 'ctrl+a'): Copies only displayed files -> Works if and only if you have set your windows to display hidden files (which is off by default, and will then not work).
c) Other copy methods (like the 'xcopy' proposed on page 1) have their individual way of dealing with hidden files.

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ORIGINAL: sanderz

you don't need to edit the registry - it just works



Agreed. When you install the game, it writes the installation path in the registry, but interestingly the game itself does not seem to access this particular entry AT ALL. I found this out when I ran some analysis programs over the game .exe to create a portable version of WITPAE. My portable version doesn't even simulate this entry and it works all the same. I assume this entry only exists, so that patches can find the game.

Other registry entries (most importantly the serial number) are accessed but work for all folders on the same computer. Hence you need to install the game only once and can then copy the game folder to create multiple versions as long as you take care that the copied folder contains the hidden "maga.mg".



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