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  • mrW
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Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
This is a quick guide to backup (and restore) all the game configuration (UI, bank and hotkey bindings). This is useful if you plan to reinstall your OS or just want to move your configuration in between different computers or characters (accounts).

Backing up

  • Open folder where Darkfall: New Dawn application data is stored:
    Start > Run (Win+R) %appdata%\DarkfallNewDawn\Character\0 and hit Enter.
  • The folder will only contain configuration for all the characters (accounts) that you ever logged in on that computer only. Copy these folders to a safe location. If you only ever logged in one character you will only see one folder. (see Basic Information section below for more info).

Restoring
Restoring procedure relies on the game being installed and Darkfall New Dawn folders being setup. It's good idea to launch and login to the game at least once with the default settings before restoring old configuration. If you restored Darkfall: New Dawn setup from a backup (i.e. after you reinstalled Windows) and you cannot start the launcher or it's failing to patch - check this thread.

  • Open folder where Darkfall: New Dawn application data is stored:
    Start > Run (Win+R) %appdata%\DarkfallNewDawn\Character\0 and hit Enter.
  • Copy the files from your backup drive to the folder you opened in step 1.
  • Login to the game. Your settings should be restored.

Moving configuration between accounts / characters
Please read Basic Information section below.

Basic Information
Configuration files for UI settings, hotkey bindings and bank persistance are stored in a per-character folders. The folder is named according to a numeric ID of your character that does not change until character is removed. This means that same character will always have same numeric ID named folder on all computers. The configuration is split among 3 files:
- input_persistence.xml - contains your hotkey bindings
- gui_persistence.xml - contains your UI persistance (UI window placement and item locations in banks)
- gui_manager_persistence.xml - contains your hotbar and UI/game settings.

For people using multiple accounts - there will be multiple folders. The settings in these folders are inter-changeable and not tied to a specific account (meaning you are free to copy only specific file from one account to another to only backup / move specific settings). If you want to figure out which folde belongs to which account:

  • Make sure all the accounts are logged off.
  • Login with the account, that you want to find the configuration folder for. Once the game is initialized, logout (it is important to have a clean logout).
  • Open the game data folder - Start > Run (Win+R) > %appdata%\DarkfallNewDawn\Character\0
  • Check the modified date of the XML files. The folder, which contains the XML files with the latest (current) modified date will be the one that you just logged off.

Note! While having gui_persistence.xml file backed up is nice as it saves the location of the items in your banks, always check the size of the file. If the file reaches the size of 1mb, it is likely it got corrupt and it is slowing your game down. Be careful when (or avoid) copying this file in between characters (it is only useful for keeping the "clan vault" sorting). If the file is reaching 1mb, consider removing it instead.
  • Last Edit: April 20, 2017, 12:53:04 am by mrW

  • mrW
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
Reply #1
p.s. for anyone wondering there was a guide for this already, but it disappeared due to forum account removal so I decided to add an improved version of it. Original credit to nature for the guide, old (now broken) link: https://forums.darkfallnewdawn.com/index.php/topic,4120.0.html

  • Morad
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
Reply #2
Great right up with details.

Thanks for sharing.

  • Guy
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
Reply #3
Nice guide, thanks.

  • Raap
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
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If the file is reaching 1mb, consider removing it instead.
I guess I'm fucked then?!?

Raap - Uprising

  • mrW
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
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If the file is reaching 1mb, consider removing it instead.
I guess I'm fucked then?!?

Well it's likely fucked. I had similar problems after going through different clan vaults and months of keeping same configs. Then one day I wanted to reorganize my bank anyway so I backed up the file and spent an hour or so resorting my bank. I made sure to open all of the bags so the settings are written in the file. I did the same for the clan vault. After logging out, I checked and the file was still only ~250kb. Meaning the rest of it is just history / trash that you will never use. Mine was at around 1.8mb.

  • Raap
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
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Yeah, to my understanding, the way it works is that the game saves positions of any items ever loaded. Items removed by other players than yourself in clan banks will never send a delete command to your client, so it will just try to load these non-existing items forever.

But the game was always plagued with GUI issues. ND in particular more so than DF1 in my experience, as frequently random bags (typically ready bags) will get scrambled at random client reboots. A few times I also got the double bank bag bug where opening a bag will open it on the screen twice (and no, duping doesn't work - I tried).

The problem is, I can't be arsed redoing my bank setups, there is too many items involved and it would literally take me three hours to fix it while offering zero guarantee of fixing such issues.

Raap - Uprising

Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
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Yeah, to my understanding, the way it works is that the game saves positions of any items ever loaded. Items removed by other players than yourself in clan banks will never send a delete command to your client, so it will just try to load these non-existing items forever.

But the game was always plagued with GUI issues. ND in particular more so than DF1 in my experience, as frequently random bags (typically ready bags) will get scrambled at random client reboots. A few times I also got the double bank bag bug where opening a bag will open it on the screen twice (and no, duping doesn't work - I tried).

The problem is, I can't be arsed redoing my bank setups, there is too many items involved and it would literally take me three hours to fix it while offering zero guarantee of fixing such issues.

You have to manually leave the game before a reboot, otherwise all the changes made to bag (gui and shit) will be fucked up.

  • mrW
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Re: Backup and restore your game config - hotkey bindings, UI settings and banks
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Yeah, to my understanding, the way it works is that the game saves positions of any items ever loaded. Items removed by other players than yourself in clan banks will never send a delete command to your client, so it will just try to load these non-existing items forever.

But the game was always plagued with GUI issues. ND in particular more so than DF1 in my experience, as frequently random bags (typically ready bags) will get scrambled at random client reboots. A few times I also got the double bank bag bug where opening a bag will open it on the screen twice (and no, duping doesn't work - I tried).

The problem is, I can't be arsed redoing my bank setups, there is too many items involved and it would literally take me three hours to fix it while offering zero guarantee of fixing such issues.
Well it's easy now with the added auto-sort feature. You just need items stacked in specific ways in the bag to properly be able to rely on it though.