Thank you so much for the very detailed answer! Sorry for the delay, I hadn’t had the chance to try this.
The information you gave has been VERY helpful!
Your detailed answer inspired me to write a detailed one of my own!
What I did
Turns out I had extracted the old one to
Also turns out I (or processing, unsure) had made a folder with the path
C:\Users\myname\Documents\Processing\Sketchbook. From what I could tell it had all my projects (all of them untouched for years it seems haha. latest one was sept 2018!) I temporarily made a copy of this to my desktop incase something went wrong. I also believe all this is backed up on some external drive somewhere if I indeed hadn’t changed anything in 3 years
I did not delete the
.../Sketchbook folder after making a back up copy
Thanks to you, I took a look at the
%appdata% (for those reading in the future, you can get to this by doing windowsbutton+R and type in
%appdata%). I didn’t find anything too important there. Mostly old debug logs and stuff. But I did find some preferences type stuff so I temporarily copied that to my desktop as well. The files I found useful are:
.../Roaming/Processing/contribs.txt - seems like some library stuff
.../Roaming/Processing/language.txt - just has the word “en”. guessing its sets my default language to english
.../Roaming/Processing/preferences.txt- has stuff like font size, color, etc
.../Roaming/Processing/recent.txt - just a file with the paths of recently opened files. really I could remove this but I kept it. Im guessing this is what “open recent” is using!
After backing up files I thought deemed important, I deleted the
.../Roaming/Processing/ directory. I assumed the new processing executable will fill in what ever it needs
I extracted the new processing zip file I download to
C:\Program Files\processing-3.5.4 like the other one.
I made a shortcut to the new processing executable and ran it. it opened up with no obvious issues. I tried to open the sketchbook from the new one and I saw my old projects which is cool
I copied over the
%appdata% stuff to the newly created folder (same path) and overwrote the newly generated files
I then deleted
C:\Program Files\processing-3.4 as I don’t expect to ever use it again. I (maybe unsafely) assumed any old projects will still run - id never done anything very fancy with processing. But either way, I haven’t touch it in years so it’s no big loss if those projects dont work
All this seems to have worked! I haven’t tried to run any old projects just yet. Will try that tomorrow perhaps (edit: old projects run fine!)
I found your disclaimer very amusing