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Windows 7: Sticky Notes - Backup and Restore


29 May 2011   #9
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Sticky Notes - Backup and Restore

How to Back Up and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 7 and Windows 8

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24 Feb 2013   #10
Michael33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Guess I didn't know that Appdata was a temp file that doesn't save the snt file when I backed up my system folder, which it was in; therefore I lost my sticky notes when I restored my system folder after re-installing my OS. Or did I miss something....?

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24 Feb 2013   #11
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Michael, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Appdata is not a temp folder.

If you closed the sticky notes before backing them up, then that would have removed them though.
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24 Feb 2013   #12
Michael33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

No, I did not close them. This is not the first time it deleted them; it did it last time as well; however the time before that it did not. Not sure why.
If Appdata is not a temp folder then why wouldn't backing up my system folder be sufficient?
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24 Feb 2013   #13
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

What system folder did you back up, and what did you restore from it?

If the whole thing, then that may be the problem.

What happens when you only back up and restore the StickyNotes.snt file?
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25 Feb 2013   #14
Michael33

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
What system folder did you back up, and what did you restore from it?
The main system folder that is automatically set up when the OS is installed (the one with My Docs, My Music, etc.).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If the whole thing, then that may be the problem.
Yes, the whole thing; but it hasn't been a problem before (in general). I checked some of the other backup files and they were fine, just the snt wasn't there. In fact, the whole 'Sticky Notes' folder wasn't there either - not until I clicked on the Sticky Notes app in the start menu after reinstalling the OS. Then I noticed the folder suddenly appeared with a new snt file - apparently connected to the first sticky note that popped up when I started the app.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
What happens when you only back up and restore the StickyNotes.snt file?
I suppose isolating the file is the most sensible work-around, but it just should save along with everything else in Appdata (it saved my Libraries just fine, for example).
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25 Feb 2013   #15
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

The complete User profile folder ("C:\Users\(user-name)") and it's subfolders can't just be copied and pasted into new installations like that and work properly. Doing that is going to break all sorts of links, and could cause a number of unknown issues.

You could only copy over specific files, say your picture files, back into the new My Pictures folder if you like without issue though.

The above could be part of the issue. If you didn't delete the Sticky Note on the desktop from when you first opened it before copying the backup .snt file over, then that would be why the backup was not restored.
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02 Apr 2013   #16
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Sticky Notes - Unable to BackUp & ReStore

Sticky Notes - Unable to BackUp & ReStore
- Have no "%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes"

1st time attempting to BackUp & ReStore Sticky Notes. When I copy/paste "%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes" in the Search Bow I get a window on my DeskTop stating:
"Windows cannot find 'C:Users\Richard\AppData\Roaming Microsoft\Sticky'".

My OS isa Windows 7 Ultimate. Attempted to install the "SystemInfo.exe file", but it could not be verified, so i did not continue w/ it's install.
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02 Apr 2013   #17
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Alpha,

See if pasting %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes in the address bar of Windows Explorer and pressing Enter works instead.

If not, then please verify if you have Tablet PC Components turned on (checked) in Windows Features. Sticky Notes is a part of Tablet PC Components. If turned off, you will not have Sticky Notes available.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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02 Apr 2013   #18
AlphaX

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Thank you ~ Address bar Worked. Is the Save Automatic?

Thank you.
Address bar worked.
Next question: Is it being Saved automatically? If not How do I save it? Pardon but, having a tough time following this.
For me this computer is intended to be just a "tool" to get the "job" done. Again, I find myself having to deal with idiosyncrasies concerning areas best left to people more attuned to what makes it work.
Since my 1st day in front of the CRT I have spent more time learning how to make it work, than having it work for me.
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02 Apr 2013   #19
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. No worries. Please feel free to post any questions you may have here at Seven Forums. We'll be happy to help.

The sticky notes are saved automatically to the StickyNotes.snt file, but if you delete the sticky note on your desktop, it's gone for good.

The backup from this tutorial is basically just making a copy of the StickyNotes.snt file for your current sticky notes, and saving it where you like.
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