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Windows 7: Copy an Old WIN 7 Profile over to New Win7


04 Dec 2013   #1

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Copy an Old WIN 7 Profile over to New Win7

I am not sure if this post belongs here but here's my situation.

Hard drive crashed. I DO NOT have any Windows Backup in order to restore the user profiles to the new drive. However, I do have a copy (a manual backup) of a profile that contains all the folders (i.e My Documents, My Pictures, Favorites, Cookies, etc).

My question is how can I best move this over to the new hard drive's profile (new). Can I move all the files over to the new profile manually or are there some files I should not move/copy over?

Again, these files that were backed up is not used for Windows Restore.

I mainly want to get the bookmarks for IE and Firefox, everything related to Outlook and of course all the document files. I know I should not move/copy the Desktop folder but I am not sure if I need to move/copy folders like AppData, Application Data, UserData, etc.

And if I cannot just simply copy the files over then what is the best method to get them moved over?

Thank you for your time.

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04 Dec 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Copy those folders that contain your user data - Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures, Downloads. The IE Favorites you reimport to the IE. Do not copy any of the other system files like AppData, UserData etc. For the cookies I would not bother. They will probably not work.
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05 Dec 2013   #3

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Copy those folders that contain your user data - Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures, Downloads. The IE Favorites you reimport to the IE. Do not copy any of the other system files like AppData, UserData etc. For the cookies I would not bother. They will probably not work.

Thank you for your reply. What about the stuff for Outlook?
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05 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

With that I cannot help you because I never used Outlook. I use AOL for my mail. There all my mail is on the AOL server and I don't have to worry about migration.
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