Installation / Uninstallation
How do I backup my Accounts and other settings?
Note: A Backup/Restore utility is now available that makes backing up easier. For more information, click this link: POP Peeper Plus Pack
Quick backup information:
There are 2 files/locations that you need to backup:
- Ini file
- Data folder
The location of these can be found under Tools / Options / Storage under POP Peeper's main menu. Note that the Ini file will be located in the folder of the "Data path" in most cases, so it may only be necessary to backup the entire data folder.
You must exit POP Peeper before backing up the data folder.
Detailed backup information
Accounts and all settings are stored in an .ini file, typically a file called poppeeper.ini.
Depending on the configuration, it may be found in one of two locations:
- The Application Data folder:
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\[UserName]\Application Data\POP Peeper\
Vista/Win7/8/10*: C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Roaming\POP Peeper\
- The folder that you installed POP Peeper (typically, C:\Program Files\POP Peeper\)
Other data files (Address Book, inbox, outbox and sent messages) will also be located in these two locations in subfolders. If you are using the AppData folder, then you can backup the entire folder to save all data.
Note: Locations of the ini file and data files can be changed; the above suggestions are the default locations. You can find where data files are stored for a particular configuration by selecting (from the main menu): Tools / Options / Storage
To restore settings, make sure that POP Peeper is not currently running and copy all the backed-up files to the equivalent location that they were previously (note that changing between XP to Vista/7/8/10 may have different folder names). If message data was stored in the Application Data folder, the [username] folder does not matter -- POP Peeper will look in the current user's folder. This means that you can transfer your settings and messages to another computer\user without having to adjust the settings. After you restore the files, start POP Peeper.
* Windows Vista and 7/8/10 Users - If you have UAC enabled (default setting) and POP Peeper is installed
in the Program Files folder and you have opted to use the portable setting, then POP Peeper's data files will be found in the
VirtualStore folder, typically:
C:\Users\[UserName]\AppData\Local\VirtualStore\Program Files\POP Peeper\
If you plan on using the portable setting, it is recommended that you install POP Peeper in a non-protected folder (ie. not "Program Files")