This article describes how to move Microsoft Internet Explorer favorites from an earlier version of Microsoft Windows to the Internet Explorer Favorites folder in Windows Vista.
When you perform a custom installation of Windows Vista, Internet Explorer favorites that you used in the earlier version of Windows are stored in the Favorites folder. The Favorites folder is located in the Windows.old folder in Windows Vista. The Windows.old folder is generated when you perform a custom installation of Windows Vista.
To move Internet Explorer favorites from the earlier version of Windows to the Internet Explorer Favorites folder in Windows Vista, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then click Internet Explorer.
Press ALT+C to display the Favorites Center, click Favorites, and then click the left arrow icon to pin the Favorites Center.
Click Start, type %systemdrive%\Windows.old in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
Note In this step, %systemdrive% is a placeholder for the drive where you installed Windows Vista. Typically, Windows Vista is installed on drive C.
Double-click Documents and Settings, double-click the User_Name folder, and then double-click Favorites.
Note In this step, User_Name is a placeholder for the user account name that you used to log on to the computer.
Use a drag-and-drop operation to move all files from the Favorites folder to the Internet Explorer Favorites area that you pinned in step 2.
After you finish moving all files, click the x button in the Favorites Center in Internet Explorer to close the Favorites Center.
For more information, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
933209 How to retrieve files from an earlier version of Windows in Windows Vista
933212 How to delete the Windows.old folder that is no longer needed in Windows Vista