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Quick Tips: Easy Backup of Your Save Games

Pro Cycling Manager isn't known for its stability, and most people have experienced a corrupted save game - which is a shame when you're 1 day away from winning the Tour de France ;) Luckily, there's an easy way to backup your save game.

First of all, you need to make a new shortcut for Pro Cycling Manager. Go to Computer / My Computer -> Your Hard Drive (C:) -> Program Files -> Cyanide -> Pro Cycling Manager. Inside this folder, find PCM.exe. Drag it to e.g. your desktop and select the Shortcut option.

You now have a shortcut directly to PCM. Right click your newly made shortcut and select "Attributes". In Destination, it should say something along the lines of "C:\Program Files\Cyanide\Pro Cycling Manager - Season 2009\PCM.exe". Now, add "-weeklysave" WITHOUT the " to PCM.exe, so it looks like this: "C:\Program Files\Cyanide\Pro Cycling Manager - Season 2009\PCM.exe" -weeklysave

Click OK and the game will now automatically backup your career after each week (in game). They'll be saved in Program Files/Cyanide/PCM/Database/WeeklySave. If you want to 'recover' a save game, move the backup of your choice to My Documents/PCM/Database/Solo/Name of Your DB.

#1 | Lachi on 12. July 2009 22:10
Cool, thank you. How did you find this?

Short question: What do we have to add "-weekly" or "-weeklysave"?
#2 | CrueTrue on 13. July 2009 17:17
We used it during beta testing Wink

"weeklysave" - corrected the article. Thanks Smile
#3 | FrCastro on 23. July 2009 19:23
It did not work for me.
Sure its works?
#4 | CrueTrue on 27. July 2009 09:14
Yes, I'm sure it works if done correctly.
#5 | RdJ on 15. August 2009 19:51
It worked for me.
The backup goes in ...\Pro Cycling Manager - Season 2009\Database\WeeklySave
#6 | migz on 14. September 2009 03:58
Ive got a custom DB, do i have to originally save the game in this DB loaded? im having trouble loading the games once they're saved. I can see the save game in the file. but dunno where to put it so once i go back in the game i can play it again?
And does it only save once a week in the game? so if i was doing tour de france i would have to do 7 stages before it saved? plzzzzz help!Smile
#7 | sheriff30 on 21. September 2009 02:59
how do i edit the attributes?
#8 | Meatyriding on 25. October 2009 06:57
any difference in windows 7. b/cos this doesnt work in win 7
#9 | CrueTrue on 03. November 2009 17:16
Meatyriding: I have Windows 7, and it works here.
#10 | Eyolfur on 06. November 2009 10:27
Windows 7 might forbid to write on program files, even on admin mode.
The better way to use the weeklysave parameter is installing the game in a custom directory, where the writing rights are ok. Microsoft is always hardening the writing rights in program files.

Initially, weeklysave was not supposed to be used by end users. In PCM2010 the weeklysave will be written on My documents, and i hope it will be automatically added to the game.

Eyolfur from Cyanide Team.
#11 | valverde321 on 19. April 2010 15:24
Could you do "monthlysave" also?
#12 | twizz on 19. May 2010 00:01
ah yea i got screwed i thought yeah gonna play pcm again play it for 4months again started few times all over cause of same stupid shit

everytime i win the giro it seems to crash sometimes i can win it 1 season and then next season it appears even when i not win it makes no difference but its getting really annoying really not feeling like starting all over again lol but we can always see

but thhat weekly save doesnt work here windows 7 i geuss :s
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#14 | True2014 on 25. October 2014 02:35
have followed instructions but no PCM.exe
Only .exe. is cleanup
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