2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 8, 2017 4:37 PM by Anthony_Jones40

    Lightroom  move to a new laptop


      I recently bought a new laptop and need to move lightroom from my old laptop with a broken  screen to  my new laptop . Can  someone please tell me how to go about doing this? I have not found  any information online. Thanks.

        • 1. Re: Lightroom  move to a new laptop
          WobertC Adobe Community Professional

          A summary-  but read the link below before attempting the 'move'.

          You need three essential things on the new laptop-

          1. Your original image files.

          2. Your Catalog file  (xxxxxx.LRCAT) from the 'old' laptop.

          3. Lightroom installed.  (If a CC subscriber- first install the Creative Cloud Desktop App, and install Lr from the App tab.)


          Re: 1. Can you copy your images from the old laptop to the new laptop? Or copy them to an external drive? It is essential that the 'Copy' maintains and preserves the exact same folder hierarchy of sub-folders with photos. So if you can select a top-level folder to copy then it makes it easier to re-link the photos to the catalog when in the 'new' laptop.

          Re: 2. The Catalog file is the database that has all your editing and library information stored. Do you have this?

          You do NOT import anything!  The catalog already contains data about your photos- they will just be in a 'new' location that you will need to re-direct Lightroom to the new folder, or external drive, address.

          Re: 3. You are allowed two working installations of Lightroom, so you should have no trouble downloading and installing the same version as you had been using on the old laptop. Do you have your Registration Serial Number? (if not a CC subscriber)


          A good Link to read-


          • 2. Re: Lightroom  move to a new laptop
            Anthony_Jones40 Level 1

            Migrating Lightroom to a new computer:

            Once you have installed Lightroom on a new machine, the next step is to bring the Lightroom files and folders from your old machine to the new one.

            While Migrating Lightroom to a new computer there are few important points you have to keep in mind,

            • Migrating your photographs:  You might be having your photographs on Local drive or on an external source (external hard drive or a network drive). While migrating them to the new computer if you have them on the local hard drive make sure you do not disrupt the folder hierarchy as they are mapped in the same order in Lightroom that might break the link between the photos and the application.


            • Copying the Lightroom files i.e. lightroom catalog, backups and supporting files.


            • You can also bring the Lightroom preferences and presets to the new computer.


            Please click on the link below for the step by step instruction,




            Hope you find the information useful.



            Anthony Jones.

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