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Moving favorites from one account to another.

by joescheufler / May 27, 2004 10:49 AM PDT

I am running Windows XP (home) and MSN 9.
I have established a second account and I would like to transfer all (about 500) of the favorites from the existing account to the new account or to Internet Explorer where they can easily be exported to the new account. The 500 favorites are not currently in IE. I can't find a way to export favorites in MSN. I would appreciate any help. JOE

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Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 27, 2004 12:16 PM PDT
THIS DISCUSSION seems to note a .XML file you need to copy over.

Best of luck,

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Re:Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by joescheufler / May 28, 2004 1:15 PM PDT

Thanks - this is really interesting. JOE

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Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by Cursorcowboy / May 27, 2004 11:08 PM PDT

1. To import MSN Explorer favorites for Internet Explorer, the "MSN Favorites Export Toolkit" ( - 2k) can be downloaded from this link.

2. Occasionally, the XSL tranformation of the MSN document may fail. This is due to special characters not handled correctly by MSXML. We are currently investigating this problem. If you encounter such difficulties, please e-mail us your favorites.xml file. The process may also fail if you have an older version of MSXML, in which case you can update. "Download" and install either Microsoft XML Parser 3.0 SP 4 or Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 Service Pack 2 (preferred choice).

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Re:Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by joescheufler / June 3, 2004 8:13 AM PDT

Hi Cowboy- I can't locate my favorites.xml file. I tried searching my 'C' drive checking all the appropriate boxes but I get no matches. Perhaps the problem is that I have a really large Favorites file - in excess of 500 (?) URLs. I also downloaded the "Toolkit" and the "Microsoft XML Core Service Pack 2". However, I am not sure how to handle them. Sorry to be such a dufuss. Can you help? JOE

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Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by EJWolf / May 28, 2004 1:14 AM PDT

For Windows XP, you can also copy & paste Favorites links from your old user account to a new user account:

1. Go to My Computer, C:\ drive, open Documents and Settings
2. Open your old user account folder and open "Favorites" folder
3. Press CTRL-A to select all IE Favorites Links in the "Favorites" folder, and press CTRL-C to copy
4. Now back down to "Documents and Settings" folder and open to your new user account.
5. Open "Favorites" folder, then press CTRL-V to paste your Favorites links, if prompted to overwrite existing links; just click "Yes To All".

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Re:Re:Moving favorites from one account to another.
by joescheufler / May 28, 2004 12:39 PM PDT

Thanks - this looks very promising. JOE

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by RLemmon / March 11, 2008 11:29 PM PDT

Thanks for the share mate and it works well...

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msn explorer favorites plus address book
by kyle2555 / November 21, 2009 12:57 AM PST
In reply to: Ausome

My aunt and I are having issues with the msn favorites she claims that she is getting all my favorites and my address book I do not know how to fix this please someone help me.

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