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Topic Title: Help! KnowBrainer somehow imported ALL of my past deleted commands & duplicate commands!
Topic Summary: Any way to mass delete all KnowBrainer commands, or reload to a previous saved command backup?
Created On: 12/22/2021 02:28 AM
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 12/22/2021 02:28 AM
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Title sums it up. Never had this happen before.


Is there a way to revert to a previous KnowBrainer backup, without keeping any of the current commands? Right now there are far too many duplicate commands to reasonably delete.  


Thankfully I made a backup hours before this occured, so I won't lose anything. 


Any help is appreciated!





 12/23/2021 12:03 PM
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Since Lunis has not yet jumped in…

KnowBrainer stores its commands in this folder:

where "edgar" is my username and will need to be replaced with your username. (I have not yet updated to the newest KnowBrainer 2020 but I suspect all of this will be the same there.)

Within this folder you will see a number of other folders; there are two which you will need to work with:


"AutomaticBackups", on my system currently contains about 670 entries which look like:


(I occasionally prune out this folder keeping only the first few entries [date-of-creation-wise] and the last couple hundred.)

You will want to use one of the last couple [date-of-creation-wise] in your attempt to restore a recent version. There are two steps to this process (KnowBrainer must not be running)…

1) (copying - this is the easy one) COPY one of the numbered versions from the "AutomaticBackups" folder and paste that copy into BOTH the "StatusChanges" folder AND the "KnowBrainerCommands" folder (in C:\Users\edgar\AppData\Roaming\KnowBrainer\).

2) (renaming - a bit more tricky) you will need to rename both of the copied files (overwriting existing files in the process; to be entirely safe, you could change the names of the existing files so that they are not overwritten).
          a) in the "KnowBrainerCommands" folder you now have these two files (among other files and folders - depending on your Window settings the file extensions may or may not be visible):
(the numeric extension, in my case 3350, will be different depending on which backup you chose to restore). Edit the name of the file with the numeric extension removing the "_3350" part saying "Yes" when it asks if you want to overwrite. If you want to be able to get back to where you are right now, you may rename the existing command file:
could become:
and you will not be asked to overwrite.

          b) in the "StatusChanges" folder you will see two files:
following the same steps that you just accomplished in section "a" above you are going to rename "MyKBCommands_3350.xml" as "MyKBCommands_withAmendedCommands.xml".

Reboot your system allowing KnowBrainer to launch automatically (if that's the way you have it set up or launch it manually when your system is completely rebooted). You are now using the automatically backed up KnowBrainer command file. You might need to follow this procedure a couple of times stepping through older and older automatic backups to find one which best suits your needs.

A word of warning - KnowBrainer only automatically backs up every fifth version of the commands file. There is one other copy of a recent commands file: "MyKBCommands_backup.xml" which (I think) is the immediate most recent command file - you could try this one first.


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 12/23/2021 01:21 PM
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1.      Copy or type %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\ into Windows Search field or File Explorer and press {Enter}.  


2.      Delete the KnowBrainer folder


3.      Reinstall KnowBrainer 2020. 




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