How to restore Favorites in Edge?

August 22, 2019 at 10:13:15
Specs: several
I just re-installed Windows 10 Home from the recovery partition of
my 2015 HP laptop. Before doing that I saved all the files in Edge's
Favorites folder, located at the end of this extraordinarily long path:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\
User\Default\Favorites\

There are 83 items in this folder. However....

When I moved them back into the folder, and started Edge, Edge
didn't see them, even after restarting Windows. And I just noticed
that they are all icon files, and rather small: 1 to 3 kB. I don't know
but wonder that Edge stored all of the favorites data in icon files,
not just the icons for those favorites that had icons. About half of
the favorites had icons, and those are intact. The other favorites
are apparently represented by icon files that don't actually contain
icons. Those that do contain icons are not necessarily larger than
those that do not. The vBulletin icons, for example, are all 2 kB.
I can't read anything inside the files so can't tell if they contain the
links, but they appear to contain enough data for that info.

So the two questions are:

- Did I preserve my links by saving those files?

- How do I convince Edge to recognize them?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#1
August 22, 2019 at 13:01:58
Google almost always has the answers.
https://www.intowindows.com/how-to-...

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#2
August 22, 2019 at 13:54:32
One of the comments on that page has a link to the same or
similar info that I used to locate and save the favorites from Edge.
Reading it made me realize that I somehow lost four levels of the
path I called "extraordinarily long". Here's the full path:

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\
Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\
User\Default\DataStore\Data\nouser1\120712-0049\Favorites

I hope and expect that moving the "Favorites" folder will fix it
once I re-start Edge.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#3
August 22, 2019 at 14:24:06
No, didn't work.

I don't see where Edge is saving new Favorites.
I'll have to create more, then try to find them.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
August 22, 2019 at 16:09:34
I think the answer to your favorites problem is that you didn't have the "EdgeManage" app to export your favorites, or didn't update Win10 to a version that added the export feature, or you had a newer version but weren't aware of the export feature. Of course, had you been using Firefox or any other browser other than Edge, exporting your favorites or bookmarks would have been easy-peasy. I could be wrong, but I don't think you'll be able to get your favorites back, at least not easily.

"Modern versions of Edge no longer store their favorites as files and folders like you've become accustomed to. Instead, they are now stored in a database. So, that means that you can't use the File Explorer to copy (or otherwise manage) your favorites anymore. Copying the entire database structure from one PC to another is possible, but has issues when copying between different versions of Windows."
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us...



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#5
August 22, 2019 at 16:34:53
Before I saved the favorites files, I looked online for info about it,
and found the info saying where they were located and that all I
had to do was copy those files and then copy them back into the
same folder after re-installing Windows. Putting the favorites in
the wrong folder (there was another Favorites folder higher in the
same path) explains why the first try failed, but it sure looks like
it should work now, if the info I read was correct and complete.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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