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How to import backup jobs?

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Jul 30, 2019

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The Import window can be opened from the File menu. Depending on your previous Backup4all version, you can select one of these two options: Import from version 7..., Import from version 6... or Import from version 5... The Import window also appear when you run for the first time a newly installed Backup4all major version on a computer where a previous major version of Backup4all is installed. If you select this option and no previous major versions were installed, you'll be informed that there are no backup jobs to import.
import backup job
If you had previous major versions installed, you'll have the option to import the backup jobs and backup tags from a previous major version of Backup4all.
import backup job

Select ini files to import

When the Import window is opened, a list with all the .ini files found from a previous version is displayed and you can check the ones that you want to import in the backup list of the new version. For your convenience, you can use the Uncheck all or Check all options if you have lots of .ini files and want to deselect/select them all at once.
Note that the backup jobs will be actually moved into the latest version, thus you will not be able to use them in the previous version.
import backup job
There are three main columns in the display list:
  • Import - if the checkbox is marked, the backup job will be imported
  • Name - it displays the name of the backup job as it was defined in the previous version
  • Scheduled - it shows if the respective backup job was a scheduled backup or not
  • Tags - shows the tag name(s) the backup job belonged to


If the backup jobs were scheduled to run in the previous version, when importing the scheduled tasks, you will be asked to type the password for your current Windows login account in order to have them correctly set up.
Tip: if you want to open an .ini file of a current version instead, you can use the File -> Open (Ctrl+O) option - this will recreate the backup job opened (if is not in the backup list already)