both machines at the same time, its even more important to make sure that you dont miss anything. Dont be tempted to remove the missing photos and re-import, or try to synchronize a folder, and dont try to relocate individual files by clicking on a thumbnail icon, as youll create a bigger job. The main things to remember are to transfer all of the applicable files onto the new computer, dont try importing anything, and dont wipe the old machine until youve checked that everythings up and running. For LR5 and earlier, you can just download the latest update for your Lightroom version (e.g. If youre constantly moving between Mac and Windows, consider formatting transfer drives as FAT32, or using additional software such. Go to File menu Plug-in Manager and check whether all of the plug-ins have green circles. Transfer the files, using Windows Explorer (Windows) / Finder (Mac transfer the files the catalog, the photos, preferences and so forth and place them in the same locations as they were on the old computer.
For extra security, you may choose to write most of your settings to the files, in addition to your catalog backups. Those warnings appear if the original photos can no longer be found at the previous known location. Its especially important if youre moving to a different operating system. 5.7 if you own LR5 and then enter your serial number(s whereas LR6 and later requires installing CC 2015.0.0 and then the last update patch. Its a good idea to make sure that Lightrooms Folders panel shows a tidy hierarchy before you back up the catalog. The process of moving your catalog cross-platform is exactly the same as moving to a new machine of the same platform.
Check your backups, next, you need to make sure that all of the essentials are backed upthe catalogs, photos, preferences, presets, profiles, defaults, plug-ins and any other related files. LR Classic lRCC/6 lR5 lR4 ). Relocate any other top level folders (you should have one for each drive until all of the photos are online. I would, however, suggest that you do the upgrade and transfer as separate processes to minimize the risk of mistakes. Then its time to open the catalog, which youve already transferred.