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Hello, I'd like to update wireshark (on windows xp) but without first uninstalling the previous version in order not to lose my configurations. Can someone tell how?

Many thanks in advance.

asked 06 Nov '12, 08:39

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edited 06 Nov '12, 12:55

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You can just deinstall the old version and tell the uninstaller to leave your configuration files where they are. That way you can upgrade without losing anything.

If you do not trust the deinstallation routine to do it right you can also backup your settings manually first. They're at C:\Documents and Settings\YourUserName\Application Data\Wireshark. Just copy the files to a safe location.

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answered 06 Nov '12, 08:44

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edited 06 Nov '12, 08:47

There should be no problem at all if you just install a new version over an older one.

Two reasons:

  1. During installation you will be asked, if the older version shall be uninstalled first. If you answer with NO, the installation routine will just install the new version over the old one. You won't loose your configuration.

  2. If you decide to uninstall the old version, the uninstall routine will ask you if you want to keep your personal data. If you keep them, you won't loose your configuration.

An alternative would be the portable version of Wireshark. You don't have to install that version, just unpack it to a folder. HOWEVER: You must install WinPcap, if you want to capture data from an interface.


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answered 06 Nov '12, 08:53

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