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MSN Explorer favorites location?

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This is probably a silly question... but I would like to know where the favorites are stored for MSN explorer?  I am trying to convert them to Netscrape bookmarks (if possible).

Thanks,

Matt
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by:bruno
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MSN Explorer?  Not sure...

for IE, win 98, they are:

C:\WINDOWS\Favorites




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by:Voltec
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Yep... I know about that one (or in the case of Windows XP, C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Favorites)...

But when you start MSN Explorer, it imports your IE bookmarks and stores them somewhere else.  My Wife is using MSN Explorer and I am looking to export them to Netscrape.

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by:bruno
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Not sure then, if they are still called favorites, do a search for "favorites" on your C drive...
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by:Voltec
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I tried that and it didn't surprise me that I didn't find anything other than the one for IE (and MSN includes bookmarks that were created after she stopped using IE that aren't there...)  The reason it didn't surprise me is that I searched for part of the filenames (assuming that URLs are saved as seperate files like in IE) for some of the MSN bookmarks and didn't find anything.
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by:bruno
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unless it is using just a flat file like netscape 4.x....not sure how netscape 6 handles them.  
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huh...according to this article....

http://www.pcworld.com/resource/printable/article/0,aid,18297,00.asp

"Each user's bookmarks, e-mail, and other settings are maintained on an MSN server, so you can access them from any PC with MSN Explorer"


Looks like you are out of luck finding them on your machine, sorry.



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by:Voltec
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Hmmm...  Ok... thanks anyway.  I have emailed their 'contact' info to see if I get a response on how to Export their favorites.

Matt
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by:bruno
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huh, lemme know what they say, would be interesting to know if they allow downloading or exporting of them off their server.


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by:Asta Cu
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I also don't use MSN Explorer, but did find (back when) that MSN Explorer also had MSN Companion, which was the favorites spot.  Perhaps this will be helpful.

How to add, rename, or delete Favorites in MSN Companion (Q272919)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q272919

Adding A Web Page To Favorites (Q302553)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q302553

MSN Companion Keyboards (Q278635) (includes favorites)
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q278635

Good luck, hope this helps you some.
":0) Asta

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by:Asta Cu
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When you are online, connected to the web on that system, select HELP from the browser in use, and search for Import and/or Bookmarks and/or favorites, that should also help.
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Hi, any news here?
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waiting also...
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by:Voltec
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No response from MSN... no surprise there.

Nothing in Help on the site or software concerning importing bookmarks/favorites or under bookmarks or favorites that have any info on importing or exporting them.

I used a workaround to solve the situation.  We had IE that my Wife used a few months ago.  I converted them (that is easy via a utility) and then manually added the ones that my Wife created since that time.  She is now using Netscrape...  (=

I had left the question up to see if anyone came up with something or to at least give you what MSN responds with.

Anyone think they deserve points for this, or should I just delete the question?

Matt
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by:bruno
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well the question was


>>I would like to know where the favorites are stored for MSN explorer?


Which I think I answered for you.

You also said

>>I am trying to convert them to Netscrape bookmarks


Which wasn't really part of the question, but at least you were open and up front about what you were trying to do, and I didn't seem to be able to help you there.  

I would say I perhaps deserve half the points for answering the original question.  If you feel Asta helped with that second part, perhaps she is entitled to the other half of the points?  If not, feel free to ask Community Support to simply refund half your points, I would have no problem with that.  

Let's wait and see what Asta says as well.  I DO feel this should go into the PAQ, as it has information worth saving.


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by:Voltec
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I would say the info you answered was worth an "A".  It isn't your fault that we couldn't get them exported - I am not sure it is even possible for us 'mere mortals'.  (=

Thanks!

Matt
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by:Voltec
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PS. I am not worried about the points... I have over 4000 lefts... lol

Matt
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by:bruno
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lol...are you implying the people at MS are above "mortal" status?  

:-)

Thanks for the A.  



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by:Voltec
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Actually, it is more that I think they believe they are above 'mortal' status...  

No prob... take care.
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by:jwofford
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The "Favorites.xml" file is located in "C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\MSNx\UserData\{xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxx}"--the X's represent numbers that will be unique to your computer configuration.
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