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Where does skype store instant messages in windows xp?

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Although in this page:
https://support.skype.com/en-us/category/INSTANT_MESSAGING_WITH_SKYPE/1 
you can read:

How do I back up my configuration and instant message history?

To back up your Skype for Windows configuration and history files, please go to C:\Documents and Settings\your_windows_username\Application Data\Skype\ or on Win7/Vista C:\Users\your_windows_username\ ...


in my C:\Documents and Settings\your_windows_username\Application Data\ directory there is not a Skype subdirectory.

Where, then, are skype instant messages stored? I can read this history for everyone of my contacts.
My skype version is 5.8.0.156
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Hi BemboX

You didn't say what your operating system is.  It seems that you chose the Windows XP path rather than the Windows Vista/7 one, but just in case it isn't XP you might want to have a look at the folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\[ProfileName]\AppData\Roaming\Skype\[SkypeUserName]

If that doesn't exist, then copy the following command and paste it into the "Run" field on your Start Menu to see what happens:

"%appdata%\skype"

If that doesn't work, then just try this:

"%userprofile%\Application Data\Skype"

You are then looking in that for a sub-folder named the same as your Skype Name, in which there are a few files that store your settings and chat history.  For example, if my Windows logon user name is Bill and my Skype Name is billy.bazonka, then the folder with my chat log database should be:
"C:\Documents and Settings\Bill\Application Data\Skype\billy.bazonka"

Either of the following paths entered into the Start Menu's Run field should open Windows Explorer to the correct folder:

"%appdata%\Skype\billy.bazonka"
"%userprofile%\Application Data\Skype\billy.bazonka"

It sounds as though you are not navigating to the correct profile name where you should be replacing "\your_windows_username\" in the suggested path:
"C:\Documents and Settings\your_windows_username\Application Data"

If that still cannot find the folder you are looking for, then try doing a file search for the file named "griffin.db".  That's about the most unique file name used by Skype that should be in the folder you are looking for, although the bulk of the content is stored in "main.db".  You could also search for "config.lck".  I think that is the database "lock" file and I don't think too many other applications will have a file of that name.

Bill
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Thanks!!!
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Thank you BemboX
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