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Windows 7: How Do I Move Internet Explorer Favorites

21 Sep 2013   #11
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
I just copy the Favorites folder on my desktop to a thumb drive and copy the contents from there to the Favorites folder on my note. Easy-peasy.
Good idea I have that folder included in a nightly specific-item backup along with some of my "must-saves", *.PST Outlook, things like that.

I had a little of the old-day jitters when I deleted that Favorites folder even though I knew it was going to the Recycle Bin

I'm not brave though. I just cloned my HDD earlier today, my monthly backup practice. There's nothing like having that complete spare HDD to remove any doubts when doing something in Windows that's new for me.

BTW, I like reading your posts at this forum

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
@Scoop,
It is very wise of you to test your backup scheme before you actually need it someday. I wish more people would do that.

I added a video to the post - in case you want to see this registry key being changed. I did not think to test deleting the favorites folder to the recycle bin :-)

My favorites folder is automatically backed up every few hours to a cloud based backup system... except I don't actually have any favorites within IE :-)
Thanks. I guess it's sort of like test-driving a car. After I clone every 4 weeks, I boot up on my Target HDD and give it a workout, launch IE, Outlook, a couple of apps, to insure that it's a working spare HDD before returning it to the shelf.

I'm surprised at the # of PC users that don't have a backup routine. I read some of that at the Norton forum and I feel bummed out for other members there that routinely post about intrusion headaches, malware, virus, etc.

I learned a few years ago that it's hard to beat having a complete bootable spare HDD when that happens. It's bailed me out a couple of times during the last couple of years.

The bummer to me is seeing others going through that hassle, downloading cleanup tools, paying online techs to help them recover their systems.

Once one learns some of the basics about cloning or imaging, it's a great way to be prepared and to have that peace of mind on the shelf.

I'm not in the class of you guys here at this forum. I'm still a rookie when it comes to a lot of this PC world, but I've learned a lot from the members here

I can't see your video in the post. That may be due to my IE settings or something similar.


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21 Sep 2013   #12
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

How odd that the video will not play, perhaps a direct link will play for you:
user shell folders - YouTube
or try another browser.
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21 Sep 2013   #13
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
How odd that the video will not play, perhaps a direct link will play for you:
user shell folders - YouTube
or try another browser.
I'd guess that it's IE10. I don't have another browser at present. I've thought about loading another one, Chrome, etc, but I guess I've been an IE guy for too long. I've used Firefox at a friend's house but I'm too hooked on IE's shortcut keys . I don't use a mouse that much on my PC.

The YT link worked great. That's pretty cool, Windows keeps track of the Favorites folder so the user can move it where they want it to reside.
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21 Sep 2013   #14
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

You don't have to use your second browser - just keep one installed in case IE gets so barfed that it will not go online.

You can use Firefox (or Pale Moon 64bit), Chrome, Opera, Safari or pick another flavor.

It would be your backup browser :-)

If you install one, just watch the options so that it does not become the default browser. Also, the first time the browser starts, it might ask again to become your default browser.
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22 Sep 2013   #15
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
You don't have to use your second browser - just keep one installed in case IE gets so barfed that it will not go online.

You can use Firefox (or Pale Moon 64bit), Chrome, Opera, Safari or pick another flavor.

It would be your backup browser :-)

If you install one, just watch the options so that it does not become the default browser. Also, the first time the browser starts, it might ask again to become your default browser.
Thanks for the tip. I've been in the IE cocoon for a long time . It's probably time to try another browser, mainly to have an alternative ready to use as you mentioned.

Over the years, I've had fairly good experiences with IE, particularly after IE8 became available. I see occasional bugs but when they occur, which has been rare for me since IE9, I close the browser and re-launch.

Since I use the keyboard most of the time, it's fast for me to close the browser with <ctrl> w . My IE launch hotkey is <ctrl> i .

I recall the old saying on the 'net was mostly that the IE browsers were less secure than Firefox. I wonder if that's true in the present environment or if that (supposed) gap has closed in recent years.

Chrome sounds like it may be the one that I load as an alternate since I've used Firefox and would like to try a different choice. I wonder how many shortcut keys were ported over in Chrome, ie, <ctrl> t = open a new tab, <ctrl> k = open duplicate tab, etc.

I use shortcuts all the time in IE which saves me time vs the mouse. I think my Kensington Trackball gets lonely
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22 Sep 2013   #16
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
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I recall the old saying on the 'net was mostly that the IE browsers were less secure than Firefox. I wonder if that's true in the present environment or if that (supposed) gap has closed in recent years.
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You might want to read this:
Internet Explorer 10 Provides Safer Browsing
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22 Sep 2013   #17
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
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I recall the old saying on the 'net was mostly that the IE browsers were less secure than Firefox. I wonder if that's true in the present environment or if that (supposed) gap has closed in recent years.
~~~
You might want to read this:
Internet Explorer 10 Provides Safer Browsing
Thanks for that link. Talk about brain-fade , I posted in that thread a while back after reading Shawn's posted article.

IE has come a long way back from those days when its reputation wasn't as good with security issues vs Firefox.

When 'net security is the subject, it seems to me to be challenging since 'net users' experiences are so diverse.

Over the years, I have averaged about 1 intrusion (where my previous AV's detected the parent threat but weren't able to block all effects) per year. I have friends that surf as much as me, and one has always used IE browsers. To date, he's yet to experience a virus/malware intrusion that got past his AV (MacAfee).

We're both careful surfers but I was running another AV product.

It's like shopping for AV's; there's so much diversity among opinions and customer experiences when it comes to that subject.

That's why I settled on backup protection as the solution a few years ago so that I can enjoy my surfing without being concerned about intrusions getting past the frontline AV protection.
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