I received a question recently from a subscriber who was upgrading to a new computer. Of course, they wanted to lose as little information as they had to lose.
In this case, they wanted to how to move their Internet Explorer Favorites from their old computer to their new computer.
Fortunately, that’s a very easy task to complete. Internet Explorer stores its Favorites as Windows Shortcuts. Shortcuts are actuallyh stored in Windows as individual files.
So, the task is simply copying a number of files from the old computer to the corresponding location on the new computer.
One thing that I always recommend with Windows is that you change the setting to make Windows display the "hidden files and folders. Not sure how? See my article Showing Hidden Files and Folders.
That step really isnt’t required to copy the IE Favorites, though. The Internet Explorer Favorites folder is visible without changing the setting. On the other hand, competing programs like Firefox store their data, including their Bookmarks/Favorites, in a subdirectory under the C:\Users\[username]\AppData directory, which is normally a hidden directory.
Then, if you’re using Windows 7, using Windows Explorer (right-click on the Start orb and then select "Open Windows Explorer" — if you’re using Windows XP, right click on the Start Button and select Explore).
In Windows 7, navigate to the Favorites folder in your user settings, which are by default at C:\Users\[username]\Favorites. In Windows XP, that’s C:\Documents and Settings\Users\[username]\Favorites.
Copy the Favorites folder to a CD or a flash drive. Then, move the CD / flash drive (whichever you used) to the new computer.
Copy the items in the Favorites folder into the Favorites folder on your new computer.
That’s all there is to the process. Pretty easy, wasn’t it?