Upgrading or Downgrading Ableton Live or Your OS: Risks & Things to Consider

After my last video tutorial on the issues that can arise when upgrading to Live 12 while still keeping Live 11 installed, I received a lot of questions on social media. Pretty much all of them had to do with not understanding the file structure in Ableton Live, and what to look out for when upgrading or downgrading Ableton Live, or even your operating system. I realised that there was a need for another tutorial on exactly these topics. So here it is. You can find all the relevant links just below the video.


Video Chapters

00:00 Intro
00:23 File Structure: Ableton Live & Core Library
01:01 Factory Packs & User Library
02:25 Library.cfg & Preferences.cfg
03:29 Recap
03:57 Two Live Installations: Potential Issues
04:30 Upgrading Live: Things to Consider
05:02 Where to Find Upgrades or Updates
06:05 Downgrading
08:07 Live Sets: No Backwards Compatibility
08:46 Upgrading Your Operating System
10:48 Outro

Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. You’re also welcome to suggest topics you’d like me to cover in the future.

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