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Factory settings

General information

Hundreds of different options and settings are offered through different features of Atlantis. Most of them are saved to the Windows Registry when you close Atlantis, and reloaded from the Registry when you launch Atlantis again. The only purpose of these different options is to allow you to customize Atlantis to your liking. By adjusting them you can make Atlantis work and look in the way you want.

However, at times you might change a few settings accidentally or without anticipating how those changes will affect the behavior of Atlantis on your system. Some features of Atlantis might start working in a wrong way, or you might even be unable to complete your tasks in Atlantis.

In such cases, it is always a good idea to check if the current misbehavior of Atlantis might not be linked to your current Atlantis settings. This can be done by launching a test copy of Atlantis with the default factory settings. If it does work correctly, it might be a good idea to replace the faulty Atlantis settings currently stored in the Windows Registry with the default settings of Atlantis.

The "Factory Settings" dialog

The simplest way to launch a test copy of Atlantis with its default settings is the "Factory Settings" dialog (you can open it by choosing the "Tools | Factory Settings..." menu command):

Factory settings

Just click the topmost button in the dialog:

Factory settings

This would launch a test copy of Atlatis with the default settings. This test copy would not change your current Atlantis settings stored in the Windows Registry.

If this test copy of Atlantis works correctly, the current misbehavior of Atlantis is caused by your current Atlantis settings. To replace the faulty Atlantis settings currently stored in the Windows Registry with the default settings of Atlantis, close the test copy of Atlantis, then click the second button in the "Factory Settings" dialog:

Factory settings

After switching to factory settings, you can still customize Atlantis again to your liking.

The command-line interface

If for some reason, you cannot access the "Tools | Factory Settings..." menu command of Atlantis, you still can launch a test copy of Atlantis with factory settings. Here is how to proceed:

  1. Close all running instances of Atlantis (if any).
  2. Click the "Start" button of the Windows Taskbar, and choose the "Run..." command. Alternatively just press the WinKey+R hot key of Windows. This will open the "Run" dialog of Windows.
  3. Paste the following command-line in the "Open" edit box:
    "C:\Program Files\Atlantis\awp.exe" -dls -dss
    Note that the above command-line assumes that you installed Atlantis to the "C:\Program Files\Atlantis\" default folder. If you actually installed Atlantis in a different folder, you should adjust the above "Run" command-line accordingly.
  4. Click the "OK" button in the "Run" dialog.

Since the command-line contains the "-dls" switch which means "don't load settings from anywhere", this will launch a copy of Atlantis with the default settings.

The "-dss" switch itself means "don't save modified settings on close". This is so that your previous Atlantis settings are not affected in the Windows Registry when you close such a copy of Atlantis.

Now that Atlantis is launched with its default settings, you can check out if it behaves correctly. If it does work correctly, you can replace the faulty Atlantis settings currently stored in the Windows Registry with the default settings of Atlantis. This is done with the following command-line:

"C:\Program Files\Atlantis\awp.exe" -dls

Unlike the previous command-line, the above command-line does not include the "-dss" switch. This means that Atlantis will save its current settings to the Registry on close.

After that, Atlantis can be launched in the standard way through the "Start | Programs" menu of the Windows Taskbar, or by clicking the Atlantis shortcut on the Windows Desktop.

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