Is there a way to recover my incorrectly copied favorites folder?

by on February 2, 2009

Q: I copied my favorites folder before restoring my PC. Now when I copy the links back to Favorites on the restored PC, the links don’t work. Is there a way to make these work even though I did not do the Export properly (I’ve since realized)?

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    It sounds like you are using Internet Explorer in Microsoft Windows. Generally speaking, there are two ways to restore favorites in Internet Explorer.

    1. If you used File => Import and Export to backup your favorites, use the same command to restore your favorites. All of your favorites would have been saved as a single .htm file.

    2. If you manually copied your Favorites folder, turn off Internet Explorer. Now open a window with your old favorites folder and another with your computer’s current Favorites folder. In Windows XP, your current Favorites folder will probably be located in C:\Documents and Settings\Your_Username\Favorites. In Windows Vista, your current Favorites folder should be located in your main user folder. Lastly, drag your favorites from the old folder to the current folder, and accept any requests to “overwrite” files/folders. Restart your computer and turn Internet Explorer on. Your favorites should now be restored to Internet Explorer.

    Did either of these solutions work for you?

    PS: It helps geeks like me to better assist you when you mention as many details as possible in your questions. Important details in this question include which version of Windows is running on your computer, which internet browser you use, and how you created backups of your favorites. Thanks!


    Thank you! This did work, but only after uninstalling/re-installing IE7. Originally, the links were in the Favorites folder, but the links did not work. I mistakenly thought there was a problem with the way I copied them over, but finally tried the uninstall procedure and it was successful.