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Windows 7: transfer thunderbird profile from XP to 7

13 Oct 2009   #1

transfer thunderbird profile from XP to 7

hi , first post here on this forum but i have been stalking in the corner for a while :)
i have a dual boot with windows XP SP3 , and windows 7.
and i might just say that windows 7 is very nice
i am trying to setup thunderbird and would like to transfer all my profile settings/emails/local emails to the windows 7 thunderbird.
it doesn't seem to be working
does anyone have any tips for me? i have scrolled through the net for an hours or so including this forum and have tried several different options.

there is 2 different locations on windows 7 for the thunderbird profile

but only one on windows xp
c:\documents and settings\*username*Application Data\thunderbird\profile

if i copy the profile folder from xp to both locations on windows 7 it wont work, or just one location on windows 7 same thing

does anyone know of a easy way to do it?

i stupidly had Tbird running on windows 7 but thought i would be smart and try to set it up exactly th esame as XP - and it stopped working - uninstalled it - reinstalled it and now just want to transfer email/profile settings over.

thanks in advance ! :)

My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2009   #2

XP MCE .... XP Pro 64 .... W7 U x64

Have you tried MozBackup ?? ... I assume this'll work on W7
MozBackup - Backup tool for Firefox and Thunderbird
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2009   #3

Win7 x64 Ult

MozBackup works fine with Win7. I have used it on every beta release and now the RTM version. IMO - an excellent program
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13 Oct 2009   #4


awesome :)
worked easy as !
had to boot into xp run the program to backup, re-boot into windows 7 run program to restore profile - and all there like it should be !
quick response and working solution - just how i like it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Even easier and no need for any software to do it. In XP just go to,

C:\Documents and Settings\Your Name\Application Data

locate the Thunderbird folder and copy it to a USB key, cd, whatever. Then in 7 go to,

C:\Users\Your Name\AppData\Roaming

and put the Thunderbird folder there AFTER you have installed Thunderbird.

P.S. The same works for Firefox by copying the Mozilla folder.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Oct 2009   #6


tried that , didnt work, came up with an error saying thunderbird is already running close the window or restart to get it to work *or something similar*
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13 Oct 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Didn't happen to have Thunderbird open at the time did you?

To transfer that folder on a new Windows install you have to install Thunderbird (or Firefox) first, then add the folder before running it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2009   #8


no i checked that, even checked the task manager to see if it was running without showing up.
anyway - all good. now working
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Oct 2009   #9

Windows 7 Pro x64

yea i used that MozBackup tool from vista to windows 7.

works perfect, no issues.
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14 Oct 2009   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
To transfer that folder on a new Windows install you have to install Thunderbird (or Firefox) first, then add the folder before running it.
I can attest to this method as well. I have preserved existing Thunderbird and FF profiles across reinstalls/upgrades of the OS simply by copying their respective profile folders to a location away from the OS partition and back again.

Actually, after doing this a few times I just permanently moved their profile folders to another HD partition and include the folders (minus their cache folder contents) in the list of folders to include in daily backup jobs. Restoring the profiles is as easy as restoring the entire profile folder that was backed up.
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