How to load presets and/or IRs into your Axe-Fx without using Axe-Edit (Windows):
Download and install MIDI-OX from our support page.
If the preset or bank is compressed, decompress it.
Select Options->MIDI Devices
Highlight the Axe-Fx II MIDI in the MIDI Inputs and Outputs windows. Press OK.
Select View->Port Routings. Make sure there is only a single route between MIDI-OX Event Port and Axe-Fx II MIDI In. If a route exists between Axe-Fx II MIDI In and Axe-Fx II MIDI Out, right click on the route and disconnect it.
Double-click the preset/bank/IR that you wish to load. This will open in a MIDI-OX Sysex window. If the file is large it may take a while.
For faster operation select Sysex->Configure and set things as follows:
Delay between buffers: 35
Delay after F7: 35
Right-click in the top pane of the Sysex window and select Send Sysex. This will send the data to the Axe-Fx II.