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    newbi here


    still strying to get around the setup BS with the setting up accounts for microsoft and email. my question is this: in my old computer, which im on right now, can i transfer my favorites list (this computer is using XP) to
    the new computer with windows 8? and how do i find the favorites list in windows 8?

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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    if you mean IE favorites ,then the answer is yes, in win8 they are found here ,C:\Users\your user name\,you will see a folder called favorites ,just copy the whole favorites folder to a usb drive or such and copy/pater it to win8 when asked if you want to overwrite file say yes
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    I must have succeeded in doing this because all my old IE Favourites are here, and I went from XP to 8!

    I think you can use the option within Internet Explorer (XP) to Export your favourites to a file. Then you can transfer the file to Windows 8 and reimport it. I can't remember exactly where the option is in IE8, but in IE10 the equivalent option is in the "File" menu and is called "Import and Export" (which is also what you'd use when you arrive in Windows 8) so look for something similar in XP.

    But to be on the safe side I'd copy the folder as suggested above too - note that in XP it will be within
    C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>
    and not
    C:\Users\<Username>
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>
    and not
    C:\Users\<Username>
    thanks for fixing that ,Brain fart, its been so long since i used xp ,
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    i still don't get it. i'm going to wait till next month and pay $100.00 to have the geek squad at best buy do it for me. but first i have to find the favorites thing. and i'm still having trouble remembering what my password is for my email is.
    people my age already have short term memory problems and now some nut comes up with this idea that people
    should sigh in every day you start the computer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by commander View Post
    i still don't get it. i'm going to wait till next month and pay $100.00 to have the geek squad at best buy do it for me. but first i have to find the favorites thing. and i'm still having trouble remembering what my password is for my email is.
    people my age already have short term memory problems and now some nut comes up with this idea that people
    should sigh in every day you start the computer?
    You can use this tutorial to log in automatically:Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
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    well i had to stop using the windows 8 computer because i ran into another problem. i'm on SSI and use the calender
    on XP to remind me when to take my meds (X 4 each day) and when my dr. appointment are. but when i tried to use the calender it saidi had to sign in with a password, which i could not remember. that calender is 50% of the reason for my having a computer. without that. the computer goes back in the box. now when i first started this thing i had 2 ways to go and i clicked on microsoft instad of local. should i have done it different? can i change that? can i use the CD that came with the computer to start over again? i cannot remember to sign into a calender everyday, which means i will forget to take my meds, and my health will suffer. i don't do that with XP, i did not do that with windows ME, and i'm not risking my health over a machine.
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    thanks for the info, but is it possible to use the computer without having to log in every morning when i turn this think on? i've gotten to were i can't even reset my password for my email because i can't remember how to log into microsoft. yet i can surf the net?
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    Control panel / User Accounts / Make Changes to Your User Account / Make changes to my account in PC settings / Sign-in-options.
    This will let you in windows without signing in but for the calendar app you will still need to sign in. The other third party non-metro programs will work, just don't set any password on them.
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