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Windows 7: Favorites problem after win7 reinstall

23 May 2011   #1
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Favorites problem after win7 reinstall

Reinstalled windows 7. I saved my internet bookmarks to dvd to put back in computer once Windows 7 reinstalled. My bookmark files are showing up as shortcuts with none of the individual sites in the folders. When i send 'Favorites" folder to my documents i can see the individual sites going there, but once I move them to say documents or desktop or favorites in IE they are not there - just empty shortcut folders! Shows I have over 1700 sites in IE Favorites - but only emtpy shortcut folders. I saved them to DVD by highliting my entire favorites list just to make sure they would be intact. I know they are still there somehow because when I "send to" documents from the DVD - I can see the names of individual sites/bookmarks transferring quickly. Please advise.


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23 May 2011   #2
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello & welcome to Seven Forums.
Have a read at this tutorial: internet explorer: import & export favorites.
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23 May 2011   #3
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

yes, but that's not my problem. I understand how to transfer favorites. My problem is my file folders in favorites are showing up as empty shortcuts. When I did "send to" documents from the dvd I could see it sending over 1700 websites i have saved in my favorites. When it is in documents it shows up as just shortcut favorite folders. Is it an extension problem? When I send favorites from DVD to harddrive i can see the individual bookmarks flying by - when favorite folders are sent they appear only as empty shortcuts. So, when imported to favorites in IE they are just shortcut files.
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23 May 2011   #4
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

When I right click on favorites saved on dvd and go to properties it shows i have 1732 files in 30 folders, 5.2 mb. When I open favorites it's just empty shortcut files.
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23 May 2011   #5
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

IE favorites are stored in your C:\Users\(user-name)\Favorites folder. You could try to just copy them from the DVD to that location & take ownership.
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23 May 2011   #6
James Colbert

 
 

Hi errolflynn. Welcome. :)

Could you please define 'empty shortcuts'?

James
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23 May 2011   #7
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for responses guys; i'm sorry if i'm not being clear. I had a crash so I had to reinstall win. 7. To save my favorites from IE i highlighted and sent to dvd. Ok, now on the DVD my favorites are just shortcuts with the arrow beside them. They are small 2kb and are empty. But, when you right click favorites it shows that it's 5.2mb with 1732 files stored in there. When you open up it's just my favorite folders with the arrow shortcut beside them and they are emtpy. So i have nothing to import but empty folders that are just shortcuts from when i sent them to dvd.

I do know that my 1732 saved favorites are there because when i right click favorites it says they are. Am i more clear now? thanks
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23 May 2011   #8
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

So, of course, it looks like somehow they were just sent as shortcuts to DVD. Well now my old win. 7 is gone - so i can't access the original favorites folder. Key, is as I stated, when i right click favorites on dvd it says there are 1732 files in there, and when i "send to" anywhere on computer i can see the names of files as it is sending. But when you go into favorites just empty folders that have a dash and shortcut by them.
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23 May 2011   #9
James Colbert

 
 

Have you tried clicking on one of the 'shortcuts' on the DVD (rather than after it has been copied to the HD)? Does it open to the site?

Here is a screenshot of a internet link (Favorites shortcut) properties here, along with a few listed in the folder (all 1kb, as should be). Any help?:

Favorites problem after win7 reinstall-favorites-link-properties.jpg


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23 May 2011   #10
errolflynn

windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, i know what your getting at, but the folders in my favorites on the dvd are just shortcuts. I have 30 folders with names that have all my favorites/bookmarks in them. If you click on your favorites in IE you see they just have a name and maybe a symbol of the site. Mine are just shortcuts - arrow on the left -- name of the folder and says shortcut after it. I have folders remember with the files/favorites/bookmarks (whatever you want to call them) inside these. So, maybe the problem is my favorites were all stored in folders that i named. I.E. when i clicked on my favorites in previous Win7 I had folders with names like "music". I would click on that folder and there were perhaps 100 sites/bookmarks.

I only have shortcuts to my favorite folders but no links inside them. I guess i'm asking is there a way to get them back with just these shortcut folders now. I believe there could be because as i stated, I can see individual names of sites i had saved in favorites fly by when i "send to" my computer from dvd.
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