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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
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    16 Dec 2018
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    How to Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10


    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.

    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.

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

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


     CONTENTS:






    OPTION ONE

    To Import or Export Microsoft Edge Favorites as HTML File


    This is the most reliable option.






    OPTION TWO

    To Backup Favorites from Microsoft Edge


    Option 2 and 3 may not work unless you restore to the same build or version of Windows 10.

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

    %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)

    The name of this DataStore folder must remain the same name.

    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10-backup_microsoft_edge_datastore.png






    OPTION THREE

    To Restore Favorites in Microsoft Edge


    Option 2 and 3 may not work unless you restore to the same build or version of Windows 10.

    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.

    %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)

    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10-backup_microsoft_edge_datastore.png

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

    Backup and Restore Microsoft Edge Favorites in Windows 10-restore_microsoft_edge_datastore.png


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 1,167
    Windows 10 2004 (19631.1)
       #1

    Thanks Shawn, very useful
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  2. acmanten's Avatar
    Posts : 2,832
    MS Windows 10 Home
       #2

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


    brummyfan said:
    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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  3. Posts : 147
    Windows 10 x64
       #3

    It's stored in Local...so I guess Edge doesn't support roaming profiles, right?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,686
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #4

    It supports syncing with your Microsoft account if that helps. :)
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  5. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,686
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #5

    This tutorial has been updated to work again. :)
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  6. Posts : 1,806
    W10 pro x64 Skip Ahead + Edge Dev
       #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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  7. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,686
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19631
    Thread Starter
       #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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  8. Posts : 1,806
    W10 pro x64 Skip Ahead + Edge Dev
       #8

    Brink said:
    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. Posts : 2
    Win 10
       #9

    Many favorites are gone after an automatic & lengthy Win10 update


    Brink said:
    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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