How do I "remember" passwords from sites accessed in IE8 from my old profile to my new profile?

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I access several websites that require passwords.  When I access a site, I checked the box "remember password".  Now I don't have to type in the password anymore.

On Saturday, my computer will be joining a new domain server at work.  I can copy and paste my favorites from my old profile to my new profile.  But when I go to a website in IE8, it will ask me for the password (which I don't have).  Can I copy and paste something from my old profile to my new profile that will have IE8 remember my password?  
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Nope, they have to be reentered.


I am using the same computer.  The only difference is that it is joining a domain.  If IE8 can remember them under my old profile, why can't IE8 remember them under my new profile?

If it were possible to import/transfer passwords from one profile to another this would constitute a most serious security flaw.
Web passwords are not only those that allow you personalized access to a forum or portal, there are also stored passwords for, say, the administration of a complete webserver or an online community, there are passwords for email accounts and passwords for online banking or money transfers like paypal etc.

It's ultimately in your own best interest that these passwords be protected and cannot be imported into other profiles or other installations of IE. Just think of the consequences if they could.
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You need to export the saved password from your old user profile and import them into your new user profile as follows:-

According to Manasa P, it says:-

"Internet Explorer uses a feature called AutoComplete to store passwords and other information that you type into web form fields when it is enabled. With AutoComplete for user names and passwords, IE will prompt you before saving the account information.

If you select No, Windows will record the site information in the registry, so Internet Explorer will not prompt you again the next time you visit the site. Since IE does not provide any way to easily edit account/password information, the fix involves making an easy registry editing to modify the site that you answered No for saving the password, while keeping all other information the same.

NOTE: Follow the below steps exactly as specified and do not make any changes other than specified while in the Registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly.

Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows:

1. Close Internet Explorer.

2. Click on Start >Run and in the run field type regedit (you will need to have administrator rights to edit the registry)

3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2

4. In the left window pane, select the Storage2 key, then from the menu, select File / Export and save the key to your Desktop with the File Name: oldstorage.reg"


In short, login to your old profile, follow Steps 1 to 4 above and copy the  oldstorage.reg to a folder in local drive, NOT the desktop. Then, log out and log in with the new user profile and locate the folder where you save the oldstorage.reg file. DO NOT run IE8 and double click the  oldstorage.reg and import the .reg file into the registry and you will get back the saved passwords in IE8.

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