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By clicking on the 3rd icon (cogs) to the right of the main screen, you can edit the application's settings.

The compare application is the application you wish to use in the Backup Explorer to compare files. The default application in an open source application called WinMerge. You must install this yourself - see the WinMerge web site for more information. You may customise this to which ever application you choose. You also need to specify where the 2 file names will be written into the command line. This is written in the format of {0} {1} where {0} is where the first file will be inserted (in replace of this place holder) and {1} then second file. The default text shown in the textbox will be something like: C:\Program Files\WinMerge\WinMergeU.exe "{0}" "{1}"

When opening or viewing files in the Backup Explorer, you can change the default alternate application. Image files will default to the application specified in the Image Viewer box, while all other files will default to the Text Viewer application specified. For Image viewing I recommend FastStone Image Viewer or IrfanView and for text viewing I recommend RJ Edit or Notepad++. These applications are freeware.

The Config Location is where AutoVer will store it's configuration files. If Common is selected (the recommended default) then all settings are common to all Windows users and are stored in the hidden folder C:\ProgramData\AutoVer (or for Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\AutoVer).

If User is selected, then the watcher configuration applies only to the current Windows user and is stored in C:\Users\{user login}\AppData\Roaming\AutoVer (or for Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\{user login}\UserData). The core application settings and logs are still stored in the same folder as the Common config.

If Local/Portable is selected then all of the applications files and logs are stored with the AutoVer executable program. Only use this if running off removable storage or a custom location where you have write permissions.

AutoVer will always try to read a local AutoVer.ini file first (where the config location and other application settings are stored). If that file exists and the folder is writeable then the local .ini file is used. Otherwise (and in most cases) the Common location is used for AutoVer.ini (and logs).

You can directly edit these config files, although there is no need to.

If the Load UI on Windows startup checkbox is ticked, then AutoVer will load when Windows starts and minimise itself to the system tray, (providing it has a folder to watch). If you are running the AutoVer Service, then the UI does not need to be running at all (it can  be run on demand - or on Windows startup).

Auto-Elevate UI without service can be tick if you are not using the AutoVer Service and you are not an Admin user. AutoVer can be made to ask you to elevate it's privileges to Admin on startup (you will be prompted to provide an admin password).

Leave the Enable WMI ticked unless you are having issues with removable drives turning on every 10 seconds. (ie floppy drives with disks inserted - if are unlucky enough to still have one of those). This will detect when drive go offline and come back online again - and thus forcing the backup set to be re-synced. When Enable WMI is not selected then the used paths will be polled every few minutes to check there state.

If the Delete uses Recycle Bin checkbox is ticked, then all deleted files are sent to the recycle bin rather than permanently deleted. This is disabled by default. This will not work on network or FTP drives. It could also be slightly slower than permanent deletion.

The View Log will open the internal log file (AutoVer{Service}Log.txt). To increase the logging level to be more verbose tick the Debug Logging checkbox.

The Config Folder button will open the folder (or both folders if User config location is selected). Stored in this folder is the core applications settings (AutoVer.ini); The watcher configuration (AutoVer.xml); and any logs files (AutoVerLog*.txt).

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