How to restore/recreate nicnt files?

Var
Var Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

I recently did a fresh install of Windows 11 to my machine (previously had done only an upgrade to Windows 11).

All my Native Instruments content files are located on a separate/untouched drive, which shows all the folders for everything there. After a tedious locate process (no obvious auto-locate or auto-repair function in Native Access 3.8.1), I'm now left with a non-trivial amount of Expansions which don't give me the option to locate them - only Install (the 3-dot menu only shows 'Release Notes').

It appears that the only difference between the all my other NI instruments & effects is that each of these NI Expansions has no .nicnt file in its subroot directory. From the size of each 'Expansions' folder tree, all the other needed files appear to be there.

Is there a way to force Native Access (or some other NI tool) to rebuild each nicnt file?

I don't want to unnecessarily download 100GB+ of data, if there's a workaround.


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  • Sunborn
    Sunborn Member Posts: 2,185 Expert
    edited January 27 Answer ✓

    .nicnt files are used by Kontakt libraries only.

    Those expansions in your image are Maschine expansions.

    The easy way is (but only if you know how) to change their paths in the Registry.

    To do so, go in your registry at:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Native Instruments\

    then check the subfolders (for example Backyard Jams), find the key named as "ContentDir", double click it and change its value to your new path.

    However those subfolders must exist already (with their old path).

    If they don't exist at all, then you have to reinstall the expansions through Native Access.

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  • Sunborn
    Sunborn Member Posts: 2,185 Expert
    edited January 27 Answer ✓

    .nicnt files are used by Kontakt libraries only.

    Those expansions in your image are Maschine expansions.

    The easy way is (but only if you know how) to change their paths in the Registry.

    To do so, go in your registry at:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Native Instruments\

    then check the subfolders (for example Backyard Jams), find the key named as "ContentDir", double click it and change its value to your new path.

    However those subfolders must exist already (with their old path).

    If they don't exist at all, then you have to reinstall the expansions through Native Access.

  • Var
    Var Member Posts: 2 Newcomer

    @Sunborn Thanks for the clarity of your response!

    Great information concerning what Expansions "are"; something learned, and will soon need to be explored.

    Since this was a new/fresh install of Windows 11, all my pathing is lost - so a new expansions install will be the way to go.

    This was the answer i needed!

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