Copy GTX files from another GTX installation

This feature is included as a convenience for clients that have a licensed second copy of WinlineGTX on another computer, to enable them to reliably and correctly copy GTX data files from one computer to another. It can also be used between an original installation and a newer installation of GTX on the same computer prior to the removal of the older GTX.

*Please see Update below

It is also used by those who are installing GTX on a new computer and want the new copy of GTX to be exactly the same as the original installation. In this situation, GTX would be installed and registered, and then relevant files would be copied from the original GTX.

Those of you who want the newer installation of GTX to be identical to the original installation would need to use the ‘Copy’ feature before any configuration of the new GTX, or before any database files were created. Also, you would find it more convenient to select all checkboxes (minus those indicated below) rather than trying to work out which options are related to your installation.

The Copy files from another installation… feature must be activated on the computer which will receive the files from the originating, or source, computer. For example, you would use the ‘Copy’ feature on your laptop to transfer the GTX files from your PC to your laptop.

On the Menu Bar, click on Program>Copy which opens the Copy files from another installation… box. On the first use of this feature, click the Browse button to locate and click on the <GTX.exe> file on the sending, or source, computer*. You will see that path appear in the 'copy from' text box.

Carry out the 'Copy' process in the following order as the (b) process relies on files from the (a) process being in place, and the (c) process relies on files from the (a) and (b) processes being in place:

(a) Starting with no options selected in the three sections (race files, program files, database files) go to the 'program files' section and choose which data you want transferred from the 'old' GTX. (There are explanations of the options on this page below, but you can choose all the options if you prefer - the copy process will copy only those options that are applicable to your situation).

Then click the 'Copy' button.  When the process has finished, click the 'Done' button.

(b) Open the 'Copy' box again. The path to the 'old' GTX should still be selected in the 'copy from' field, so deselect the 'program files' options and this time go to the 'database files' section, make your choices and click 'Copy'. (Please do not select Video Comments, Jockey, Trainer or Sire) When finished, click the 'Done' button.

(c) Open the 'Copy' box again and deselect the 'database files' options.

In the 'race files' section of the box, select 'race files'. (Please do not select 'meeting files' or 'jockey files'. They are not needed after they have been used to create the race files during the original importing process immediately after originally downloading).

Select the date range of the race files you have in your 'old' GTX.

Select the 'overwrite existing files' option.

Then just click the 'Copy' button and 'Done' when finished.

Once the transfer is complete, it would be wise to backup all databases, as the database backups are not copied from the originating computer, although the databases themselves are.

This is easily done. On the Menu Bar, click on Program>Database Backup. In the box that opens, select the relevant databases and click the Backup button.

Explanation of Options

Meeting files
Meeting files that you previously downloaded via the Download function, or imported from the TRB web site.

Race files
Individual race files which are automatically created from meeting files and jockey files during the importing process.

Jockey files
Imported with daily downloads and incorporated into race files during the importing process.

Form Filters
The five standard, and any user-created Form Filters, which are used on the Form View.

Systems and Groups
These are systems, or groups of systems that are used in the GTX System Developer. These can either be user-created systems, or those complimentary systems supplied by TRB.

Traffic Grids
Files created by the optional Traffic Lights module.

Print cfg’s
Print configuration files, which are created by the user defining the way in which they want their printouts formatted, and the information that is required in them. Users can set up as many print configurations as they desire. See the large section on Printouts in the online manual.

Tool Bars
The Tool Bar configuration files are the result of users modifying the various Tool Bars, and selecting the buttons that appear on them. These include the Rank Bar, Speed Bar, Mini-Speed Bar, View Bar and Filter Bar. See Setup Tool Bars in the online manual.

Column setup (including user defaults)
These files contain the information defining the way in which the various columns of information are displayed in all the GTX views, including which columns are displayed, and the order in which they are displayed. The files also contain the saved User Defaults which can be used to restore the saved setup after temporary changes have been made. See Select Columns in the online manual.

Program Configuration (including rating setup)
The current state of all of GTX’s many default and user-modified settings. These include, but are not limited to, individual Rating bonuses and penalties, market percentages, overlay references, Mud/Bog definitions, Default Print Order and the style in which odds are displayed. For a couple of examples, see Ratings Display Options and Local Time in the online manual.

Program colours
The current configuration of the user-changeable background and text colours.
See Setup Colours in the online manual.

Results – all dates
Results files contain results, dividends and morning line prices, and they are used by the Wintune Module, as well as being a data source for the Import>From HD>Dividends program function, for those that may need to reimport dividends.

Wintune – all dates
A database created by the use of the optional Wintune Module.

Video Comments – all dates
A database created by the use of the optional Video Comments feature.

Form comments – all dates
A database related to the use of the optional Form Comments feature.

A database of jockeys, their penalties and allowances.

A database of trainers and information relating to them.

A database of sires and information relating to them.

Black Book
A database of user-created Black Book entries.

User Horse
A database of user-created User Horse Comments.

User Race
A database of user-created User Race Comments.

UHF backup
A database of the User Horse Flags in race files. After the Copy procedure is complete, you will need to restore the flags to your race files.

Horse profile
A database of user-created entries relating to the three elements of the Horse Profile feature: Horse Profile itself, HorsePro Flags and HorsePro Style.

The Race Profile Database is used only by the System Developer and contains parameters relating to races; for example, State, Track, Distance, Class, Going etc. It allows for much faster analysis by the System Developer when the ‘use RPD’ option is selected.

Available meetings
A database containing the meetings that appear in the Download menu when you click the Download button.

Barrier penalty
A database of individual barrier penalties applying to each barrier at each distance at each track. Also contains user-created modifications to barrier penalties carried out via the Dynamic Barrier Penalty Multiplier function.

*Update: If your computers are not networked, now in the days of commonly available high-capacity USB memory sticks, you can use a USB stick as the 'source computer'. Once you have one GTX set up how you like it, you can copy the entire <.\GTX> folder onto the stick, plug the stick into your second computer, and use the 'Copy files from another GTX installation' function to copy whatever you want from the 'source GTX'.

Use the steps at the top of this page to locate the <GTX.exe> file in the <.\GTX> folder on the USB stick and go from there.

A slightly more cumbersome approach is to write the entire <.\GTX> folder on the source computer to a CD, or DVD depending on how much historical data you have - if you intend to copy your historical data. Put the CD/DVD into the receiving computer and start the process by locating the <GTX.exe> file in the <.\GTX> folder on the CD/DVD.

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