IE 9 Favorites file

My OS is windows 7 and I use IE 9.  If I were to upgrade to IE10, would my favorites file from IE 9 be transferred to IE 10.
Else where is the Favorites file, so that I can save it in a different location, and then copy over whenever a new version of IE is installed.
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Favorites are not a single file - each favorite is it's own file and is stored in your profile folder (in Windows 7, typically c:\users\<username>\favorites).

IE10 is not final and is still a beta.  While it SHOULD be fine to upgrade to it, you could have problems and it COULD cause issues with your favorites.  Unless you have a compelling need for IE 10, I would not recommend installing it.
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
in response to leew, I agree.  My IE9 now has problems in that it cannot play some video files, the screen goes blank.  I have nearly disabled all the Add Ons and still no resolution.  Would installing IE8 be a solution?  But how would I get my all favorites into IE8? thank u
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Whenever you upgrade IE versions, you should save favourites to be on the safe side. I make a new folder in a safe place, then select the contents of the real favourites (as noted above), copy them and then paste them in the safe folder. I have had issues trying to copy just the entire folder, so I work with the contents of the folder to be certain.

This way, if anything goes wrong with the beta IE10 you still have your favourites tucked safely away.

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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
>>>>  Would installing IE8 be a solution?  But how would I get my all favorites into IE8?

Assuming you upgraded to IE9 at some point, IE9 live in Windows Updates (not in Programs and Features). Go to Windows Update, Installed Updates, and look down the list (way down). IE9 is near the end (on my system). Just remove the installed update and IE8 should come back. It should retain all your favourites (I have done this and it does), but save them as I noted for safety.

Having done this, check to see if you can now play your videos in IE8. .... Thinkpads_User
your favourites are like most of your other data and settings - stored in your user profile folder - which ideally should be backed up,

however..i have seen many people misquote what they believe is their favourites - they have thought it was the way IE would fill in the website name as they typed it in the address bar - if they had been there before - this is the autocomplete history. If this is what you are referring to then it will typically dissappear with each version install and we will have to explain where this is stored
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
In response to thinkpads user, I like your strategy.  Things are goofy wih my pc, in Programs and Features, IE is not even installed in my pc - both versions IE 8 or IE9.    But under Programs from the start menu, IE is there, and it shows as installeld in "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe".   And since I can get to the web to reply to this post, it means that IE is there installed but not showing up under Programs and Features.  Thus, I am lost and confused.  Please advise what to do next. thank u.
JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You are using Windows 7, and perhaps IE9 came preinstalled. It must be installed since you are using it. As I noted, IE9 does not show up under programs and features.

First see if you can find IE9 under Windows Installed Updates. Go to Windows Update to find this. If so, uninstall IE9 that way and that will take you back to IE8.

If not, go to Microsoft Downloads and download IE8 for 64-bit if you have a 64-bit machine and 32-bit if you have a 32-bit machine. Store the download where you can get at it.

Go to Programs and Features (in spite of what I said above) and thence to Windows Features on the left. Uncheck Internet Explorer, close out and restart.

Now see if you can install IE8 that you just downloaded. .... Thinkpads_User
jegajothyretiredAuthor Commented:
thank u everyone for your responses.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. I was pleased to assist and good luck with IE and your videos. ... Thinkpads_User
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