Can I move the Live Library from Mac OS to Windows?

I know that I can point Live to a custom place for my Library. I'm working on OS X now and I'm planning to move to Windows (from an old MacBook to a brand new Windows workstation). I have a rather big Library with lots of custom sample instruments and racks. Can I just move this Library to the Windows computer and point Live to it without problems?


Sepp Ultura 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • billvb
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    I asked this question a couple of weeks ago and just want others to benefit from my experience.

    After using Live in Windows for years (back to the waning days of version 4) I decided to move to Mac for my audio and music production. I've always just copied my Ableton Library to a new machine when I upgrade or when I have to reinstall the OS (this is what led me to trying out life on the Mac side for a while...) and then running "Repair Library" in the preferences panel. It worked so smoothly on the PC side, much more smoothly than reinstalling *any* other audio software that I use, that I checked to see if anyone had been doing this on a platform transition. 

    After getting some anecdotal reports of trouble-free library migration, I decided to give it a try.

    The result? Awesome. 

    After installing a fresh version of Live on the Mac, I was able to copy over my whole library folder (Live Suite + 8 instruments + Max, plus years of Pure Magnetic, AAS and other Ableton plugins) and then in the preferences, changed the location of the library to the the version I had just copied over and then ran the Repair Library function. This takes a while, but it all worked with no errors. 

    I also installed a fresh Mac version of Max as well just to be safe.

    After I'd installed all of my non-Live oriented (.vst) instruments and plugins, I copied over the folder of all of my Live projects and *everything just worked* with the exception of IK Multimedia plugins which didn't retain their settings.

    So, if you're thinking about switching platforms, it may not be as much of a hassle as you'd imagine.

    Hope this is helpful for someone.

    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • Khazul
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    If both have the same version of Live or the target has a later version, then the answer should be yes.

    I have never tried it on the entire library, however I have recently moved a part of my library from Windows to OSX and that was fine.


    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • disgraceland
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    Thanks for this - going to be doing it tomorrow...

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • billvb
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    Thanks for the question and the answer; I just asked the same question in the forum (well, actually, moving from Win 7 to Mac...) and nobody responded. I'll post how this works for me when I receive the Mac Pro I ordered.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • julienb
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    trying that in a few minutes, from win7 to osx !

    4 years ago | 0 comments

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