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#1 abx

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:50 PM

I have about 300 Favorites on my Windows XP computer. I am planning to purchase a brand new Windows XP computer. Without my having to buy one of those special file-transfer machines what is the best way to transfer my Favorites to my new Windows XP. Can I put my Favorites on a floppy disk or CD-RW (and how would I do that) and if so, how would I install the disks on the new computer so that I could get them all in the same position with the same headings? Thank you very much. Mike Brown

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 12:56 PM

It's a simple copy transaction, to CD, floppy, etc.

To restore them on the new install, just drop the folder (Favorites) into the Docs & Settings for yourself. They will replace the empty folder.

While you are backing up Favorites, you may also want to back up Cookies and email files.

Implementing a backup strategy - http://www.pcug.org.au/boesen/Backups/backups.htm

Backup Options - http://www.onecomputerguy.com/install/backup.htm

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 01:44 AM

To hamlus: Thank you for your message. Could you please tell me specifically how to drop the Favorites folder into the Docs & Settings (whatever that is)? Thank you. abx

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 05:10 AM

1. Open this folder:
C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME where USERNAME is the your username. For example, if you logon with username John then the folder would be C:\Documents and Settings\John

2. Copy folder named Favorites to a USB drive or cd wherever you want to back it up. The folder would be having a yellow star icon. Check by opening it that it contains all your bookmarks.

3. Now in the destination Windows XP system, open the folder C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME where USERNAME is the your username.

4. Overwrite the folder Favorites at the same location, with the one you backed up.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:52 PM

I don't have a username on any of my computers. Please advise. Thank you. abx

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 02:57 PM

Open Start Menu > Run.
Type Favorites and press Enter
It will open (hopefully) your Favorites folder. Go up one level in folders hierachy and copy Favorites to backup drive.
DO same on destination when overwriting Favorites.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:16 PM

Couldn't you also just use the import\export feature under file in the IE toolbar?

That creates a much smaller file to copy from one computer and paste into the other.

You just choose export from file on the IE toolbar to create the backup file, it creates a small file called bookmark. Copy that file onto the backup disk and then paste it into the new computer. Then you just choose import from file on the toolbar and select that file to put them into the new computer. You can also use that feature for cookies.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:18 PM

I don't have a username on any of my computers. Please advise. Thank you. abx

Username is just for whatever name you gave the account you use on your computer. I believe there has to be an account name on every computer

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:26 PM

Couldn't you also just use the import\export feature under file in the IE toolbar?

That creates a much smaller file to copy from one computer and paste into the other.

You just choose export from file on the IE toolbar to create the backup file, it creates a small file called bookmark. Copy that file onto the backup disk and then paste it into the new computer. Then you just choose import from file on the toolbar and select that file to put them into the new computer. You can also use that feature for cookies.



Thanks I didnt know that :thumbsup: Possibly because I seldom use IE these days. BTW this feature is available in IE7 and 8

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:28 PM

You are welcome and thanks for letting me know that it is available in 7 and 8. I use 6 and had wondered if it was still there in the newer versions.




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