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Cleanly upgrade Houdini?

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Hey guys, I want to upgrade to H16 but keep all my preferences, shelves, galleries, node defaults, node presets, custom desktops, etc.

I have had some problems in the past with hip files getting corrupted likely due to corrupt preferences, bizarre shader errors from old scenes, etc. from just copying the %HOME% folder into the new version. Maya has the same issues, it just makes me nervous

Does anyone have the cleanest way to upgrade without copying the whole preferences folder over, like specifically what files you need and what files are likely to create conflict?  Same applies to daily builds, seems like a lot of the preferences are stored in the install directory and not the %HOME% directory, I would like to figure out a cleaner way to upgrade without having to redo a lot of saved prefs

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Major upgrades have compatibility breaking changes (e.g. H15.5 to H16.0). This has always been the case. Old shelf scripts, digital assets, scenes, and the like are not going to work 100% of the time in another major version. You'll have to asses the things one at a time and make necessary changes if you want to bring over all of your previous stuff. This is why production facilities will use the same major version of Houdini (or any other software for that matter) for the length of a production even if it's outdated by the end of the production.

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Yea I understand that..obviously hotkeys are gone. The major things I am looking to salvage-

Galleries

Node presets & defaults

Orbolt downloaded OTLs/HDAs

Shelves

 

 

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