Migrate Custom Settings
 
 
 

If you install AutoCAD on a computer where a previous release of the AutoCAD product is installed, you can migrate some custom settings from a previous release to your newer AutoCAD product.

Migrate the user profile. This file contains drawing environment settings such as screen color, cursor size, command line window font, and the dictionary to use for checking spelling. The user profile file also includes the folders in which AutoCAD searches for support, driver, customization, and other files. If you customized files in a location other than the default AutoCAD location, the path to the location is migrated. The files themselves do not get migrated.

Migrate linetypes, hatch patterns, and command aliases that you created. The data from these files is added to a user-defined section of the AutoCAD files, to make it easy for you to find this information and migrate this data to future releases. You cannot use the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box to migrate shell commands or comments that you made to your acad.pgp file.

NoteIf you have made changes to partial plotter configuration (PC3) files that are located in a custom folder, those files are migrated to the AutoCAD PC3 folder, which is located under your custom PC3 folder. PC3 files are migrated to a separate folder to maintain backward compatibility with previous AutoCAD releases.

The following table lists the files that are migrated with the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, a description of each file, and file details to help you decide if you want to migrate a file.

Files Migrated with the Migrate Custom Settings Dialog Box

File Name

File Description

Details

*.atc

Defines a tool palette and its tools.

User-created files and any new or changed tools on a standard tool palette are migrated.

*.arg

Used to back up user profile information from the system registry. The ARG file is not migrated. Registry settings are migrated.

Changes you make to your user profile are stored in the system registry and are migrated.

*.lin

Stores your user-defined linetypes.

User-defined linetype files are migrated.

acad.lin

Contains standard linetype definitions (an AutoCAD library file).

The file itself is not migrated; however, any linetypes that you created in this file are migrated to the AutoCAD acad.lin file, in the User Defined Linetypes section of the file.

acadiso.lin

Contains metric linetype definitions (an AutoCAD library file).

The file itself is not migrated; however, any linetypes that you created in this file are migrated to the AutoCAD acadiso.lin file, in the User Defined Linetypes section of the file.

*.pat

Stores user-defined hatch patterns.

User-defined hatch pattern files are migrated.

acad.pat

Contains standard hatch pattern definitions (an AutoCAD library file).

The file itself is not migrated; however, any hatch patterns that you created in this file are copied to the AutoCAD acad.pat file, in the User Defined Hatch Patterns section of the file.

acadiso.pat

Contains metric hatch pattern definitions (an AutoCAD library file).

The file itself is not migrated; however, any metric hatch patterns that you created in this file are copied to the AutoCAD acadiso.pat file, in the User Defined Hatch Patterns section of the file.

acad.pgp

Stores shell commands and command alias definitions (a program parameters file in ASCII text form).

The file itself is not migrated; however, any command aliases you created in this file are copied to the AutoCAD acad.pgpfile.

*.mnu

Contains menu customization from a release prior to AutoCAD 2006.

The file itself is not migrated; a copy of the file is created and converted into a CUIx file with the same name. The new CUIx file is stored in the same folder as the main CUIx file. An MNU file is converted when an MNS file with the same name is not found.

*.mns

Contains menu customization from a release prior to AutoCAD 2006.

The file itself is not migrated; a copy of the file is created and converted into a CUIx file with the same name. The new CUIx file is stored in the same folder as the main CUIx file. An MNS file is converted whether or not an MNU file with the same name is present.

*.cui

Contains customizations from AutoCAD 2006 through .

The file itself is not migrated; a copy of the file is created and converted into a CUIx file with the same name. The new CUIx file is stored in the same folder as the main CUIx file.

Enterprise CUI files are not automatically migrated. You must do so manually.

*.cuix

Contains customizations from and later.

If the CUIx file is supplied by Autodesk, the custom changes made to the file are migrated to the newer version of the CUIx file.

If the CUIx file is not supplied by Autodesk, the file is migrated and copied to the location of the main CUIx file, unless the CUIx file is in a network location. In that case, the file is migrated but is not copied to the location of the main CUIx file.

Enterprise CUIx files are not automatically migrated. You must do so manually.

Before MNU, MNS, CUI, and CUIx files are migrated, a backup copy of each file is saved in the following directory:

NoteOther custom settings and files can be migrated using Autodesk migration tools. For more information about migration tools, see Use Migration Tools.

To migrate custom settings when you start the AutoCAD

  1. Start AutoCAD.
  2. In the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, Migrate Settings From drop-down list, select the AutoCAD release from which you want to migrate your custom settings.
  3. In the Settings and Files to Migrate box, select the custom files that you want to migrate.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Migrate Custom Settings message, click OK to view the log file, or click No if you do not want to view the log file now.
    NoteYou can view the log file at another time. For information about accessing the log file at another time, see View the Migration Log File.

Each time the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box is used, AutoCAD resets the program’s default CUIx file from the UserDataCache folder and then migrates any customization done in a previous release forward.

To migrate custom settings from the Start menu (Windows)

  1. Do one of the following:
    • (Windows XP) Click Start menu Programs Autodesk <AutoCAD> Migrate Custom Settings Migrate From a Previous Release.
    • (Windows Vista) Click Start menu All Programs Autodesk <AutoCAD> Migrate Custom Settings Migrate From a Previous Release.
  2. In the Migrate Custom Settings dialog box, Migrate Settings From drop-down list, select the AutoCAD release from which you want to migrate your custom settings.
  3. In the Settings and Files to Migrate box, select the custom files that you want to migrate.
  4. Click OK.
  5. In the Migrate Custom Settings message, click OK to view the log file, or click No if you do not want to view the log file.
NoteTo be accessible, pull-down menus that are migrated from a MNU/MNS file to a CUIx file need to be added to a workspace.