I've installed qgis on one workstation using OSGeo4w. I've launched the installer from a local folder and I have downloaded source files on a remote mapped drive. Frequently I relaunch OSGeo4w to update installation. All works fine!

Now I need to have the same installation (same executable version, same plugin etc) on a laptop. How can I do that?

Obviously I use the remote folder where I had downloaded source files to install software on the laptop but...: what are the folders that I have to sync from each machine? Where OSGeo4w save it's config? And where are applications config and plug-in? I don't know if the question is clear but "basically" I need to have two identical installations on two different machine.

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Just copy/overwrite the c:\users\youruser.qgis folder in the new installation.

  • The standalone version writes a lot in the registry. The osgeo does not?
    – AndreJ
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 17:41
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    afaik, custom CRSs, installed python plugins, lists of WMS/WFS/etc servers are all stored in that folder.
    – gioman
    Commented Sep 1, 2012 at 18:38
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    The osgeo4w has the same registry information as the standalone one.
    – Nathan W
    Commented Sep 2, 2012 at 7:53

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