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    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

    How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10
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    20 Mar 2017
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    How to Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Sticky Notes allow you to create and save notes to the desktop of your Windows 10 PC and customize them in little ways through size and color.

    In Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier, your Sticky Notes are stored in the StickyNotes.snt database file located in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder.

    Starting in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later, your Sticky Notes are now stored in the plum.sqlite database file located in the %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState folder.

    If you like, you can backup your Sticky Notes, and be able to restore them to any account or Windows 10 PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to backup and restore your Sticky Notes to any account on any Windows 10 PC.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Backup and Restore Sticky Notes Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier
    • Option Two: To Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later
    • Option Three: To Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later
    • Option Four: To Restore Sticky Notes from Old "StickyNotes.snt" Format to Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later


    EXAMPLE: Sticky Notes
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    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10
    To Backup and Restore Sticky Notes Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier





    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10
    To Backup Sticky Notes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later

    1. Sign in to the user account you want to backup Sticky Notes for.

    2. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    3. Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

    4. Copy the plum.sqlite file to where you like as a backup of your Sticky Notes. (see screenshot below)

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    5. You can now close File Explorer if you like.






    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10
    To Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later

    warning   Warning
    Restoring a backup of Sticky Notes will replace any current Sticky Notes.


    1. Sign in to the user account you want to restore Sticky Notes for.

    2. Close (end task) all instances of Sticky Notes (Microsoft.StickyNotes.exe) in Task Manager. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    4. Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

    5. Copy and paste the backed up plum.sqlite file from Option Two above into the LocalState folder. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on Replace the file in the destination. (see screenshot below)

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    7. You can now close File Explorer if you like.

    8. Open the Sticky Notes app to have your restored Sticky Notes appear.






    Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Backup and Restore Sticky Notes in Windows 10
    To Restore Sticky Notes from Old "StickyNotes.snt" Format to Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later

    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to convert your Sticky Notes from Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 version 1511 and earlier using the old StickyNotes.snt database format to the new plum.sqlite database format and restore them in Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later.

    warning   Warning
    Restoring a backup of Sticky Notes will replace any current Sticky Notes.


    1. In Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607 and later, sign in to the user account you want to restore Sticky Notes for.

    2. Close (end task) all instances of Sticky Notes (Microsoft.StickyNotes.exe) in Task Manager. (see screenshot below)

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    3. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    4. Copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

    %LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState

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    5. Create a new folder named Legacy in the LocalState folder, and open the new Legacy folder. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Copy and paste the backed up StickyNotes.snt file from Option One above into the Legacy folder. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Rename the StickyNotes.snt file to ThresholdNotes.snt. (see screenshot below)

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    8. You can now close File Explorer if you like.

    9. Open the Sticky Notes app to have your Sticky Notes converted to the new plum.sqlite format and appear.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    26 Dec 2016 #1

    If are currently using 1511 and have StickyNotes and then update to 1607 through Windows Update, does the update process automatically convert to the 1607 version of StickyNotes?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 22,800
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       26 Dec 2016 #2

    Hello Smiley,

    It should, but I would recommend to backup your Sticky Notes using OPTION ONE first to be safe. This way you could use OPTION FOUR to restore them if needed.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    27 Dec 2016 #3

    Well, I manage about 4000 computers, so that's unrealistic. That's why I was asking whether it happens automatically during the upgrade...
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 22,800
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16257
    Thread Starter
       27 Dec 2016 #4

    It should, but I would recommend to only do one computer to test and verify before doing the others.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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