A fresh install of Live 9 is not detecting packs in the Factory Packs folder

I transferred Live to a new computer and moved the Factory Packs folder along with it, hoping it would pick it up. It didn't. I have dozens of GB of packs and I would like to avoid downloading them all and re-installing them if possible. Anyone know if there is a quick scanning option?

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thecampbell 3 years ago | 0 comments

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  • irrelevance
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    Live needs to be told to reindex the Packs. Here is how you do it:

     

    Check the Packs directory in Live's Preferences

    Navigate to that directory to ensure that the Packs are actually placed there.

    Assuming that they are, return to Live's Preferences and change the Packs directory to anything (such as the Desktop)

    When Live asks if you would like to move existing Packs, say "No".

    Restart Live (You may not have to do this)

    In Live's Preferences, change the Packs directory back to the correct folder. Again, when prompted, say "No".

    Restart Live one more time. (Again you may not have to do this, just check if browser has updated)

     

    2 years ago | 5 comments
  • mook
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    This worked for me when I had to switch from my iMac to MacBook Pro. Running Live Suite 9.5 and OS X El Capitan.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • SalvatoreCreme
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    It worked for me after a couple of tries. But this is very inconvenient! Ableton has become very unstable since I last used it back in 2009. Those older versions ran better, even though I was running them in computers at least 10 times less powerful than the ones I run nowadays... I love you Ableton, but... GET IT TOGETHER MAN!

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • tomorrowsman
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    I tried a couple of times, but still not working; neither Live 9.1 nor Live 9.2b4 are seeing the packs any longer.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • nicpetit318
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    Thanks so much irrelevance! That worked for me

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • rprntc
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    Maybe a slightly lazy workaround but in Live 9, which had failed to move my Packs as instructed, I simply added a new place and they rescan and appear and work!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • sam_marsh
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    Running Ableton Live 9.2.1b2 / OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (this worked for me) Thanks!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • NovoLibraz
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    worked for me thank you!

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Beat Czar
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    worked great thanks

     

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Planets
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    Worked like a charm! thx

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • bleblans
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    Thanks! This works.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • a_nascimento
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    Guys, thank you all for posting this - I'm updating my OS's (mac and win) in the near future, which might require formatting and this answered my questions, I was afraid I had to re-download everything!

    Regards,

    A.

     

     

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • d_r_i_x
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    Worked just fine for me. Thanks!

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • ianbeerent
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    Hi, I had this same issue and had to create a new directory (above the Ableton directory) and select it, "moved all packs there". Ableton indexed them at that point.

    FYI, super annoying, now I can't select the old "Factory Packs" directory; same reason I had to create the new directory outside of the Ableton folder, since it throws the same message in both cases: "Packs cannot be installed to ..... System and Project folders as well as the core, legacy and User libraries cannot be used for Pack installation. Please select a different folder."

    I checked my read / write privileges and that's not the issue. Doesn't really matter, but an annoyance nonetheless. 

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • Lost069
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    thanks this just solved a couple hr of banging my head agist the desk. I should always just check the forums 

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • AbleStanEd
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    Preferences.... Library... Installation Folder for Packs..... Browse for the folder with the packs. I like too keep it organized so ableton..factory packs

     

     

     

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • AntoniAbleton
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    Dear AbleStanEd ,
     
    You wrote:

    Preferences.... Library... Installation Folder for Packs..... Browse for the folder with the packs. I like too keep it organized so ableton..factory pack

    I did this , but it didn't work.

    However, I got it to work by dragging the .alp file from the  location and dropping the .alp file into "Places" in the Ableton window. 

    I hope this helps someone.

     

    5 days ago | 0 comments
  • LAMATUK
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    I have the same problem

    3 years ago | 0 comments

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