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Moving HORTICOPIA Professional Version V Refresh to a new computer



  • The new computer is running under Windows 7, 8, or 10
  • Your HORTICOPIA® Professional is a standalone (not a network server) version
  • Your HORTICOPIA® Professional is the Refresh version and the software as well as the picture libraries are contained on a single USB flash drive (thumb drive).

The Horticopia Data folder

If you have added any of the following data to HORTICOPIA® Professional on your old computer:

  • Authored plants
  • Pictures added to existing HORTICOPIA® Professional plants
  • User notes added to the My Information tab for any plants
  • Garden Studio® templates that you have created or modified
  • Garden Studio® plant specific data that you have added to any plants under the Garden Studio® tab

and wish to use that data on the new computer, you will need to transfer the Horticopia Data folder.

  • Save the existing Horticopia Data folder on your old computer by following the instructions in:
  • You can also manually copy the Horticopia Data folder; to locate the folder, see
  • If the HORTICOPIA® Professional is no longer running on the old computer or you just have a disk backup of the data on the old computer, you should search the system disk or backup of your system disk data for Horticopia Data. Be sure to include hidden folders and files in the search. The Horticopia Data folder is typically in the Program Data folder or in the Public Documents folder.

If you do not have any of the data described above that needs to be transferred, keep it simple by not attempting to transfer the Horticopia Data folder.

Install and update HORTICOPIA® Professional

First, install HORTICOPIA® Professional from your flash drive as described in your User Guide. Run the Setup located in the root folder of the flash drive or, if the Windows Autoplay options appear, select the software installation option.

Once the software is installed, but before running the program, check for updates by going to Start, All Programs, Horticopia Pro V, Check for Updates

Run the Program

  • The first time your run the program, you must Run as Administrator by right-clicking on the HORTICOPIA® Professional icon.
  • Even if you will be transferring the Horticopia Data folder from the old computer, you need to run the program in order for initialization to be completed.

Import Horticopia Data Folder

This step is performed only if you are transferring Horticopia Data from your old computer. 

1.    On Computer NEW: 

  • If you are already in HORTICOPIA® Professional, from the Tools menu select Launch Control Panel and click on Yes when prompted to quit HORTICOPIA® Professional.
  • If you haven't started HORTICOPIA® Professional, go to Start, All Programs, Horticopia Pro V, Horticopia Control Panel.

2.    Click on the Setup tab, then click on Import HORTICOPIA Data from a different location.

3.    Locate the Horticopia Data folder from Computer OLD and let the data import complete. All of your data will be successfully transferred and usable on computer NEW.

4.    Make sure the program runs OK at this point.

5.    From the Tools menu, select Launch Control Panel and click on Yes when prompted to quit HORTICOPIA® Professional.

6.    In the Control Panel's General tab, select Refresh database and click on OK. This may take several minutes, so be patient and wait until you get the message that the refresh has been completed.

All Done

It's a good idea to periodically back up your Horticopia Data. This is easily accomplished using the Setup tab in the Horticopia Control Panel. 

Your HORTICOPIA® Professional documents, such as lists and layouts, are simply Windows files and can be located anywhere on your system. They are stored by default in the folder My Documents\Horticopia\Local Documents, but you may store them elsewhere. The Horticopia Data folder backup does not back up these files.

See for more information.


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