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When to backup

If you are installing Total Commander over an existing installation you usually do not need to backup anything (for exceptions, see "Additionally" below). If you, however, want to install Total Commander on another computer or are planning to reformat your hard drive, these are the files you need to backup:

What to backup

  • wincmd.ini 
    This file stores all of your Total Commander related settings except those concerning FTP connections
  • wcx_ftp.ini 
    Here are all FTP related settings, most importantly your FTP connections (which you see when you press Ctrl-F)
The location of these files is stored in the registry and can be modified, so it can be different on every computer. To see where these INI files are located, just click on Help - About Total Commander...
  • wincmd.key 
    Either of these is your keyfile if you are using a registered version of Total Commander. contains wincmd.key and the compression level of the zip file must be set to 0 (zero).
  • *.bar files 
    These files store your button bar(s). is an exception, as this is an automatically generated empty button bar.
  • usercmd.ini 
    This file store user defined commands (em_commands).
  • tcignore.txt 
    This file store by default the ignore list. The file name is user configurable though.
  • Language\wcmd_*.ini 
    Files of this type stores user defined commands that are available when using the corresponding wcmd_*.mnu file.


Some files get overwritten when you install Total Commander on top of itself. You either need to back them up or change their attributes to read-only.

  • wcmzip32.dll 
    In case you replaced the default wcmzip32.dll with the encryption-enabled alternative. Note: If you are using Total Commander v7.x or higher, there is no need to worry about backing up and restoring this file any longer. Current T.C. versions come with an encryption-enabled file wcmzip32.dll.
  • wciconex.dll 
    this file can be downloaded at and is an extended version of wcmicons.dll including 48x48 pixel icons for internal commands. Comes together with
  • Language\wcmd_*.mnu
    If you are using modified menu or language files (wcmd_*.ini does not get overwritten).
    If you've made changes to the file especially when you added lines to define more cm_usermenu11 commands or those to access the drives cm_GotoDriveG or Tabs cm_SrcActivateTab11, cm_TrgActivateTab11, cm_LeftActivateTab11, cm_RihgtActivateTab11 directly a backup of this file is a must. The provided with TC installer contains only few of the mentioned commands and it will overwrite the file to make the new internal commands accessible to the user.
    If you have made changes to these files that stores the correlation between icons and internal commands in Total Commander.
  • descript.ion 
    if you have added or downloaded extra descriptions for Total Commanders files.


Do not forget to backup plugin configurations. Usually, each plugin uses its own settings file, however, some use the proposed common ini files:

  • pkplugin.ini<br\>lsplugin.ini<br\>fsplugin.ini
    usually located in the same directory as wincmd.ini. See each plugin's documentation for details about where it stores its settings.

Where to find those files?

The location of the files wincmd.ini, and wcx_ftp.ini and pkplugin.ini, lsplugin.ini, fsplugin.ini, and contplug.ini you can ascertain by opening from menu: Help -> About Total Commander...


The files, wcmzip32.dll, and Sfxhead.sfx, are located in the program folder of Total Commanders.

The menu and language files you can find in the folder LANGUAGE\ within the program dir of TC.

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