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    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10

    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10
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    06 Mar 2017
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    How to Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that will be available across the Windows 10 device family. It is fast, compatible, and built for the modern Web.

    You can keep track of the websites you visit frequently by storing them as favorites in Microsoft Edge. The favorites bar is a toolbar in Microsoft Edge that you can also add your favorite websites you visit frequently on to make opening them faster and more convenient.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore favorites and favorites bar in Microsoft Edge in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10565 and Windows 10 TH2 version 10511 build 10568, your favorites and favorites bar in Microsoft Edge are now stored in an ESE database file in the DataStore folder at the location below.

    Code:
    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default\DataStore

    CONTENTS:





    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10
    To Import or Export Microsoft Edge Favorites as HTML File






    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10
    To Backup Favorites from Microsoft Edge

    1. Open File Explorer, copy and paste the folder location below in the address bar, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    Code:
    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default

    2. Copy the DataStore folder below to where you like as your backup. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    The name of this DataStore folder must remain the same name.


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    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10
    To Restore Favorites in Microsoft Edge

    Note   Note
    This option has you copy the backup from OPTION TWO above to the "Favorites" and "Favorites Bar" folder of Internet Explorer, then import them into Microsoft Edge to restore.

    You can restore the backed up favorites to any user account or Windows 10 (build 10586) PC.


    1. Close Microsoft Edge if open.

    2. Open File Explorer, copy and paste the folder location below in the address bar, and press Enter.

    Code:
    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default

    3. Copy the backed up DataStore folder from Option Two into the Default folder below. (see screenshot above)

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    4. If prompted, click/tap on Replace the files in the destination.

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    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Posts : 901
    Windows IP 16199 Windows 14393.1198
       23 Aug 2015 #1

    Thanks Shawn, very useful
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  2. Posts : 2,017
    MS Windows 10 Pro - Perm Activation of 10585
       23 Aug 2015 #2

    I wonder how many Windows Ten user are using EDGE now?


    brummyfan said: View Post
    Thanks Shawn, very useful
    So far I have only been using Google CHROME for my Browser and for email here, but wish to start using EDGE soon, as I used it MS IE most of the time when I was using Win 8, and win 8.1.

    I and you have seen lots of comments about EDGE, and I am sure that several of the personnel at MS are working on it all the time, and it will get better and be solid within a short time.

    I appreciate any of your comments. thanks.. cliff M.
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    Windows 10 x64
       23 Aug 2015 #3

    It's stored in Local...so I guess Edge doesn't support roaming profiles, right?
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       23 Aug 2015 #4

    It supports syncing with your Microsoft account if that helps.
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  5. Posts : 20,808
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       22 Nov 2015 #5

    This tutorial has been updated to work again.
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    W10 pro x86 and Vista x86
       13 Dec 2015 #6

    Would saving and restoring this folder also save log in and site preferences that have previously been set up (like a cookie file in IE) ?

    If not is there any way to do that ?
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       13 Dec 2015 #7

    Hello Mooly,

    I'm afraid that this doesn't affect cookies for those items. I haven't found a way for that yet.
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       13 Dec 2015 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    I haven't found a way for that yet.
    Ooh, a challenge then (lol, I mean for you not me) They must be in there somewhere.

    I wonder if its considered a security risk in some way, and that is why there is no option to do this. I think users should be given the option to save these details simply because when you have many sites set up in favourites (I have around 36, not just forums like this but parts suppliers, technical sites and so on) and sometimes you just need to do a full browser clean... and re-inputting all the passwords and setting site preferences and so on, even with copy and paste takes a long time.
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  9.    25 Dec 2015 #9

    Many favorites are gone after an automatic & lengthy Win10 update


    Brink said: View Post
    This tutorial has been updated to work again.
    More than 1/2 of my favorites saved disappeared after an unexpected Win 10 update.

    That is why I am in your tutorial. I can see that the missing ones are still in the "Default" folder, in both "DataStore" and "Favorites" folders. But how to restore them back into the "FAVORATES" list on the up-right corner of the Edge browser?
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