Software: Backup TWS Settings
I have been doing this for several years without any negative incidences. However, caveat emptor. As a trader you have your hard drives all backed as an image file for restoration, right? You should because you never know when something funky is going to happen. You can sure bet that eventually, it will.
1 - Use Window's Explorer to navigate to the Interactive Broker directory: C:\Jts\dwjefdwhe\
(Editor's Note: Your installation may have used a different sub-folder name in the C:\Jts folder.)
2 - Copy the sub-folder named dwjefdwhe (copy the entire folder...you want ALL the files within that folder)
3 - Save it in a separate folder where you won't lose it (perhaps to a folder named "IB Configuration Files" on your Desktop)
4 - After the reinstallation of the Trader Workstation (TWS), copy the dwjefdwhe folder back to the C:\Jts\ folder.
When prompted (warned about overwriting the existing dwjefdwhe folder with the new one) select "YES To ALL"
5 - Restart TWS. All your original settings should be there.
If you have your global folder properties set to "Hide Hidden Files" you may need to change this setting before copying the dwjefdwhe folder. To change those settings go to Control Panel>Folder Options, select the "View" tab and then check the "Show Hidden Files and Folders" option. You can change the option back after you have finished copying the dwjefdwhe folder.
If you use IB charts, they are located in another directory. You'll need to copy them separately.
Even if you do not make disk image file backups you should at least regularly backup this folder. It will save you a lot of work should you need to reinstall TWS.
Article by al_gorithm
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