I use Q17.0 standard on W7 (I don't use or have any Quartus pro, maybe a 30d trial version a long time ago but now uninstalled).
To share projects, I sometimes copy/paste project folders to another PC (so the top folder containing everything).
Quite often I can open the original folder .qpf but the copied version can't be opened because it as a "pro directory structure".
what are the differences between pro and standard directory structures?
Do I need to delete or edit some files?
If at any point you opened the project in Pro, you'll get this error.
You may have to take your HDL code and create a new project in Standard. You can probably use the same .qsf file in the new Standard project. If your project uses Platform Designer, that's a bit trickier. A Pro .qsys file cannot be used in Standard.
You cannot open/compile design created in Pro edition in Standard edition. You can migrate a design from Standard edition to Pro edition but not the other way around. You may create a new project in the Standard edition and add those required files in the project directory.
To compare both editions, refer to https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/programmable/us/en/pdfs/literature/po/ss-quartus-comparison.pd...
the problem is I don't have or use Quartus Pro.
I have a project in a folder F1:
So, I am wondering how is it possible. Is their a corrupted or missing file somewhere?
Which file or folder triggers this "Pro directory structure"?
Can you try to archive the design by clicking Project > Archive Project > Archive
After this, you can un-archive the project by opening the project in new directory.
Thanks for you answers !
It worked by using "Archive Project" and also "Copy Project".
Still can't explain why a simple Windows copy doesn't work. But at least it worked. And Windows copy seems to work also now.