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Default LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7+8+10

LW preferences folder is in same location for both Vista & Windows 7 and Windows 8. For Vista instructions with samples see lower down in this post.


Windows 10

Easiest method is START menu and type or copy-paste in %appdata% and bingo, you can open the appdata folder and find the LimeWire or any other program settings folder. As always make sure the program is closed and not sitting in the Tray before deleting or making changes to the program settings folder.

LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7+8+10-win-10-appdata.gif


Windows 8

First CLOSE the LimeWire program & make sure it is not in the Tray.
Search > type %appdata% into the text field.
Roaming will appear listed below the search box, click on this listing and the Roaming folder will open on Desktop. Find a folder named LimeWire. Delete that LimeWire folder if that is your objective. Click here to see Windows 8 search sample image.

Second technique is: Go to Search, click on programs and type Run into the search box. Open Run and type in %appdata%

More information: Back up your Downloads file before deleting LW's preferences folder about retaining previous incomplete files.


Windows 7

First CLOSE the LimeWire program & make sure it is not in the Tray. In order to find the preference folder in Windows 7 you will first have to enable show hidden files and folders. You can do this by clicking on Start menu -> User Name -> Organize, in the drop down window choose Folder and search Options, in the next drop down window choose View and put a tick mark in the Show hidden files and folders. Then click apply to folders. (Sample image below which uses Administrator as example username)
LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7+8+10-win-7-lw-show-hidden.gif (Click to see larger view)

Once that is done the AppData folder will show up click on it, then choose Roaming. In the window that shows up right click on the LimeWire folder. If you are deleting the LimeWire preferences folder then … First, remove or copy-paste the Downloads (downloads.dat) file inside it & place it somewhere else safe for now.
Then Right-click the LimeWire folder & choose Delete. (Sample image below which uses Administrator as example username)

LimeWire Pref Folder in Vista and Windows 7+8+10-lw-preferences-win-7.gif (Click to see larger view)

* Note: LimeWire MUST be CLOSED if you are deleting the LimeWire preferences folder Or replacing the Gnutella.net file Or returning the downloads.dat file inside it!

More information: Back up your Downloads file before deleting LW's preferences folder about retaining previous incomplete files.

Directory location: C:\Documents and Settings\*yourusername*\AppData\Roaming\Limewire

Quick way for Windows 7 users: Click on the Start button > type %appdata% into the text field > ok. You should now see a lot of folders - find the one named LimeWire ... that is your preferences folder.


VISTA

First CLOSE the LimeWire program & make sure it is not in the Tray. In order to find the preference folder in Vista you will first have to enable show hidden files and folders. You can do this by clicking on Start/User Name (Attachment #1)/Organize/ in the drop down window choose Folder and search Options, in the next drop down window choose View and put a tick mark in the Show hidden files and folders. Then click apply to folders. (Attachment #2)

Once that is done the AppData folder will show up click on it, then choose Roaming. In the window that shows up right click on the LimeWire file and delete it. (Attachment #3)

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C:\Documents and Settings\*yourusername*\AppData\Roaming\Limewire

The AppData folder is a HIDDEN folder so you need to change option to show all hidden files & folders before you use the Vista search for it as described by Grandpa. (GiF animated sample image added below to help show you.) You can also see birdy's link in post #2 below for another tutorial on how to show Hidden files & folders in Vista.
* Note: you may wish to save your Downloads.dat file, see Back up your Downloads file before deleting LW's preferences folder about retaining previous incomplete files.




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Last edited by Lord of the Rings; September 19th, 2010 at 08:01 AM. Reason: Added specific directory location path of the LW Prefs folder for Vista users & Add GiF image. Added Windows 7 equivalent.
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what does this fix?

I can get nothing to work.
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The pref folder can become corrupted and cause LW not to function correctly. Deleting it(while LW is completely shut down) forces LW to create a new one and that should fix any corrupt files in that folder. Kinda like hitting a reset button.

Deleting it changes all the settings in LW back to the default, so if you've made any changes to the options, you should make a note of them before deleting the pref folder. That way you can put them back the way you had them.
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Hi,
I just got Vista and am having some problems with LW. I originally changed my saved folder when I first downloadedd LW and everything was fine. Then today after downloading a few mp3's they are nowhere to be found. They appear in my LW library but when I search for them on my computer they are not there. I just went through these steps and deleted the LW folder in Roaming and when I re-started LW I had to re-set all my preferences, and once again I re-set my save folder. My files still aren't saving to my computer but are downloading. Any ideas??
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When I go to search nothing comes up and I have windows vista
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On top of my limewire I have a little padlock is there should that be there
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that folder doesnt show up for me. it shows a bunch of other folders like the ones in the pictures but no limewire folder
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Yeah, tried all that - the pref folder, the JAVA Reinstall, the uninstall of the firewall and reinstall of LW - you name it.
Having used Limewire successfully for several years under XP and prior, it is unacceptable that a product that I have paid money for does not work under Vista - this is 2007 for GS.
What is LW doing about it - I don't see ANY assistance to registered users with valid licences from them.
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So what exactly is your problem ??
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