How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10  

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10

    Published by Category: Backup & Restore
    14 Mar 2021
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    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10


    The Quick access page in File Explorer is the shortest route to files you've been working on and folders you often use. These are your frequent folders and recent files.

    You can Pin to Quick access and Unpin from Quick access folders in Windows 10. These folder locations can include local and network folders, drives, libraries, Recycle Bin, etc..., but files and apps cannot be pinned to Quick access.

    Folders pinned to Quick access will display under Frequent folders in Quick access in File Explorer, and under Quick access in the navigation pane of File Explorer.

    Folders you pin or unpin for Quick access will also be pinned or unpinned in the jump list of File Explorer on the taskbar and Start menu.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore Quick access pinned folders for your account in Windows 10.

    Backups of Quick access pinned folders can only be restored to the specific user account name they were backed up from.



    Contents




    EXAMPLE: Folders pinned to Quick access in File Explorer
    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-folders_pinned_to_quick_access.png






    OPTION ONE

    Backup Quick Access Pinned Folders


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the icon to the left in the address bar, copy and paste %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-backup_pin_to_quick_access-1.png

    3 Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) the f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms file to where you want to keep it saved at as your back up. (see screenshot below)

    It is recommend to save a copy of the f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms file in a folder named after the account the backup is from to help know which account to restore the backup for in the future.

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-backup_pin_to_quick_access-2.png

    4 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Restore Backup of Quick Access Pinned Folders


    1 Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2 Click/tap on the icon to the left in the address bar, copy and paste %AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Recent\AutomaticDestinations into the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-backup_pin_to_quick_access-1.png

    3 Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) the f01b4d95cf55d32a.automaticDestinations-ms file backed up from Option One into the AutomaticDestinations folder. (see screenshot below)

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-restore_pin_to_quick_access-2.png

    4 If prompted, click/tap on Replace the file in the destination. (see screenshot below)

    How to Backup and Restore Quick Access Pinned Folders in Windows 10-restore_pin_to_quick_access-3.png

    5 When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn Brink





  1. Posts : 873
    11 Home
       #1

    To export/import Quick Access Pinned Folders to a simple textfile in Windows 10, here's a pair of VBScripts that I wrote myself.
    The exported textfile can also be imported after logging into a different account name.
    Place the scripts in a C:\tools\QuickAccess folder or edit the scripts to match your own personal folder location preference.
    Download zipfile:
    QuickAccess2.zip
      My Computers


  2. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    hdmi said:
    To export/import Quick Access Pinned Folders to a simple textfile in Windows 10, here's a pair of VBScripts that I wrote myself.
    The exported textfile can also be imported after logging into a different account name.
    Place the scripts in a C:\tools\QuickAccess folder or edit the scripts to match your own personal folder location preference.
    Download zipfile:
    QuickAccess2.zip
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 1
    20H2
       #3

    hdmi said:
    To export/import Quick Access Pinned Folders to a simple textfile in Windows 10, here's a pair of VBScripts that I wrote myself.
    The exported textfile can also be imported after logging into a different account name.
    Place the scripts in a C:\tools\QuickAccess folder or edit the scripts to match your own personal folder location preference.
    Download zipfile:
    QuickAccess2.zip
    I'm getting a script error at line 50, char 1.
    (Code: 80004005)

    The script is pulling the F01~ file into the folder correctly, but then doesn't convert it.
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 873
    11 Home
       #4

    CharcoaI said:
    I'm getting a script error at line 50, char 1.
    (Code: 80004005)

    The script is pulling the F01~ file into the folder correctly, but then doesn't convert it.
    Weird. I was still running on Windows 10 Home version 20H2 back when I tested my code on 2 different laptops with no issues found so today I tested again on version 21H1 (build 1052), it threw an "Object required" error at line 46. Next, I just ran the script again, this time it worked without issues. Maybe Mickeysoft futzed with the permissions in one Windows update or another. You know you gotta love 'em for that...
      My Computers


  5. Posts : 11,400
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1706
       #5

    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can only be restored to the specific user account name they were backed up from."

    I restore Quick access to other users & other computers without any bother.
    I don't normally have any folders within C:\Users pinned to Quick access. But I've tested them and, if the destination folders & access permissions exist, they work.
    Even non-existent folders on the target user/computer do not hinder Quick access from displaying & operating normally.
    Naturally, if a destination folder does not exist or does not permit access then an error will be caused if that Quick access item is used.

    Perhaps
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can be restored to the same or different users or even computers but the absence of particular folders or access permissions for them would cause errors if they were used. So restoring pinned folders within C:\Users can be expected to cause problems."
    or
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders that include pinned folders within C:\Users can generally only be restored in a fully operational state to the specific user account [UserName] they were backed up from."


    All the best,
    Denis
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Try3 said:
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can only be restored to the specific user account name they were backed up from."

    I restore Quick access to other users & other computers without any bother.
    I don't normally have any folders within C:\Users pinned to Quick access. But I've tested them and, if the destination folders & access permissions exist, they work.
    Even non-existent folders on the target user/computer do not hinder Quick access from displaying & operating normally.
    Naturally, if a destination folder does not exist or does not permit access then an error will be caused if that Quick access item is used.

    Perhaps
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can be restored to the same or different users or even computers but the absence of particular folders or access permissions for them would cause errors if they were used. So restoring pinned folders within C:\Users can be expected to cause problems."
    or
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders that include pinned folders within C:\Users can generally only be restored in a fully operational state to the specific user account [UserName] they were backed up from."


    All the best,
    Denis
    Hello Denis,

    Correct. It's pinned folders inside the "C:\Users\<username>" folder that would cause issues.
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 873
    11 Home
       #7

    Try3 said:
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can only be restored to the specific user account name they were backed up from."

    I restore Quick access to other users & other computers without any bother.
    I don't normally have any folders within C:\Users pinned to Quick access. But I've tested them and, if the destination folders & access permissions exist, they work.
    Even non-existent folders on the target user/computer do not hinder Quick access from displaying & operating normally.
    Naturally, if a destination folder does not exist or does not permit access then an error will be caused if that Quick access item is used.

    Perhaps
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders can be restored to the same or different users or even computers but the absence of particular folders or access permissions for them would cause errors if they were used. So restoring pinned folders within C:\Users can be expected to cause problems."
    or
    "Backups of Quick access pinned folders that include pinned folders within C:\Users can generally only be restored in a fully operational state to the specific user account [UserName] they were backed up from."


    All the best,
    Denis
    Unless of course you use my script that will export the list of pinned folders to a textfile in such a way that it will automatically substitute the left part of the path string with %USERPROFILE% if it matches the string that %USERPROFILE% evaluates to. So, next, when you use my other script to import from this textfile while logged in to the other user account, %USERPROFILE% gets evaluated to whatever it is that it evaluates to for that account. So, it is a workaround, and, for me, it works...
      My Computers


  8. Posts : 61,587
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

      My Computers


 

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