Migrating Windows profiles

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Introduction

If you saved your Windows profiles for cross-platform applications such as Firefox, Thunderbird and Opera, it is possible to import part or all of the Windows profile with your preferences, bookmarks, skins, add-ons, etc. for use in MEPIS.

Firefox

  • Shut down Firefox completely if it is running.
  • Locate the Windows Profiles folder you backed up (or the /home/YourUserName/.mozilla/firefox folder if coming from another Linux version)
  • Open that Profiles folder, and locate a folder named xxxxxxxx.default, where xxxxxxxx is a random combination of letters and numbers
  • Copy and paste that default folder into the hidden folder /home/YourUserName/.mozilla/firefox To see hidden folders and files in Konqueror, click View --> Show Hidden Files.
  • Open up /home/YourUserName/.mozilla/firefox/profiles.ini in a text editor by double-clicking it.
  • Change the folder name at the end of the Path ine
Path=xxxxxxxx.default

to the name of the new default folder you just pasted in. Save and exit.

  • Restart Firefox. If needed, you can always restore your former Profiles folder by changing the profiles.ini final line back to the former default folder.

Thunderbird

  • Shut down Thunderbird completely if it is running.
  • Locate the Windows Profiles folder (or the /home/YourUserName/.mozilla-thunderbird if coming from another Linux version) that you backed up
  • Open the hidden folder /home/YourUserName/.mozilla-thunderbird To see hidden folders and files in Konqueror, click View --> Show Hidden Files. Rename the Profiles folder in there to Profiles_old.
  • Copy and paste the Windows Profiles folder to the folder /home/jb/.thunderbird
  • Open the new Profiles folder, then the folder named default, and note the name of the folder name of this form: xxxxxxxx.sit, where xxxxxxxx is a random combination of letters and numbers
  • Open up /home/YourUserName/.thunderbird/profiles.ini in a text editor by double-clicking it.
  • Change the folder name at the end of the line
Path=Profiles/default/xxxxxxxx.slt

to the new name. Save and exit.

  • Restart Thunderbird. If needed, you can always restore your former Profiles folder.

Opera

You can also cut and paste certain portions of your Windows Opera profile into the hidden directory /home/YourUserName/.Opera. Here are some examples of items that you might want to migrate:

  • Skins (in skin subfolder)
  • Bookmarks (opera6.adr, in main .Opera folder)
  • speeddial.ini (in main .Opera folder)
  • cookies4.dat (in main .Opera folder)
  • wand.dat (in main .Opera folder)
  • standard_toolbar (1).ini (in toolbar subfolder)
  • any widgets in the /widgets subfolder



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