Uninstalling/Reinstalling or Upgrading MapInfo Discover Standalone or Bundle - Settings and Licensing


If I uninstall or upgrade the MapInfo Discover Standalone or Bundle, will I lose my licen
se or my drillhole project and other configuration files?

Or I am transferring to a new computer - what folders should I backup and transfer to maintain my settings and customisations?


MapInfo Discover


When MapInfo Discover is uninstalled the license is preserved on that computer (i.e. the license is unaffected by a MapInfo Discover uninstall).  Upon reinstalling MapInfo Discover a new activation code is not required.

Note if you have uninstalled already, you can still transfer or return the license, as the License Manager will still be installed under the Program Files (x86)>Encom as the CLSECURE32.exe.

Drillholes, Projections, Legends and other Configuration information

MapInfo Discover Drillhole project metadata and other user configuration information is saved sub-folders in the default locations (these can be checked under Discover>Configuration) -

Windows XP

  C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Encom\Discover\  AND
  C:\Document and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Encom\Common\

Windows 7 / Windows 8

  C:\ProgramData\Encom\Discover\                AND

Which are preserved preserved on uninstall or upgrades, but can be backed up or transferred to a different computer.

MapInfo Pro


When uninstalling Mapinfo Pro, you will be automatically prompted to return the license and it will be removed from the computer.

Custom Projections

If you are installing the MapInfo
Discover Bundle and have custom projections:

  1/. Make a copy of your MapInfow.PRJ file (located in C:\Program Files (x86)\MapInfo\Professional on Windows 7/8 OS) if you have any custom projections in this file. MapInfo Pro will overwrite this file with its latest PRJ file (including any new projections added for that version).

  2/. After installation of the bundle, manually copy and paste your custom projections from your backup file to the new
MapInfow.PRJ .

In the Discover MapInfo Professional Bundle patch version 2012.0.2, a fix has been implemented to prevent the deletion of the previous MapInfow.prj. See the linked article at the bottom of this page.

Custom Thematic templates and symbols

To do this, navigate to –

(XP)                 C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Application Data\MapInfo\MapInfo\Professional\1100
(Win7 / Win 8) C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\MapInfo\MapInfo\Professional\1100

And copy all of this files to the newer version folder –

(XP)                 C:\Documents and Settings\YOURUSERNAME\Application Data\MapInfo\MapInfo\Professional\1150
(Win7 / Win 8) C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\MapInfo\MapInfo\Professional\1150

Where 1100 is the old version, e.g. 11.0, and 1150 is the new version, e.g. 11.5

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18th August 2015 02:43:18 pm