How to keep Emule credits
Do you change PCs or install a new version of Emule and do you want to avoid losing credits acquired with so much effort in hours, days, months of sharing? Keep the credits also by updating Emule to a newer version or by switching to a different MOD.
What are Credits, how do they work?
The credit system introduced on Emule for some time has been the most effective mechanism to punish/slow down those who download without sharing (leecher) and at the same time reward those who instead favor the diffusion and availability of files by dedicating time, bandwidth and disk space to sharing. of the same files.
In practice, those who share a lot of material with others with a formula like: “you give something to me and I give you back the favor with interest” are favored.
If a user downloads something from me I acquire credits, the moment I find myself downloading something from him I will be able to enforce this credit by scaling up the download queue faster.
An apparently simple mechanism that, in the long run, can bring many advantages in terms of speed to those who choose to make a reasoned and non-selfish use of Emule. To many Emule, it can appear slow but with a precise configuration and above all thanks to the mechanism of the credits after a certain period of time it is able to offer performances of all respect.
The operation of the Credits is totally automatic, the user can in no way influence it if not sharing as much as possible in order to earn credits.
In any situation, it is necessary to re-install Emule from the point of view of the credits we start again from “zero”, or we do not enjoy any of the benefits deriving from the uploads made (and therefore of the credits acquired).
I am not referring only to the installation of Emule on a new system but also to possible update to a new version or to the transition to one of the numerous MODs (modified versions of Emule).
We can remedy this by saving and using the files in which the information relating to the aforementioned credits is stored. Let’s see how:
- Open the folder containing the Emule program and identify the “config” folder
- Inside this folder, you will find several files including criptkey.dat, preferences.dat, clients.met. These 3 files contain all the information necessary for the correct management of credits from and to the other users of Emule’s KAD and ed2k networks.
- Save the 3 files in a folder of your choice
- Install the new Emule and copy the 3 files above into the “config” folder, replacing the new ones.
In this way, you will not lose the old credits.
Some questions and answers about credits
Can I see my credits? No, each client keeps track of only the credits that the others boast towards him. So our credits are saved only on the PCs of other users and we have no way to view them.
Is there any way to change my credits? No, you can’t cheat because we don’t have access to our credits… luckily!!
The only way to increase your credits is to share many files, leave Emule turned on and running for as long as possible and dedicate more bandwidth to the upload.
After all, sharing is fundamental for the very existence of P2P networks and “generous” use of Emule and other programs in one way or another always leads to benefits.
What advantages can I get from the credit system? The real advantages can vary, even enormously, depending on different factors. An example: if I am passionate and avid downloader of a certain type of file (for example anime, Japanese cartoons) it is logical to expect that people who take files from me are interested in the same type of files.
By downloading from them I will be able to enjoy the benefits of my credits by scaling up the download queues faster.
The moment I go instead to download an application I will probably contact different people to whom I have no credit. In that case, I will be treated as any user and as such I will have to queue without… “recommendations”
In practice this mechanism, while being completely automatic, creates a sort of community of passionate users of a certain type of file, users who will download between them at a higher speed than normal.