Windows 10 is available for PC’s and Tablets since a while now, Microsoft has even released the first big update for the public version of the operating system and the Insider Program has a good progress in case of new builds and features. On Tuesday, March 8th, Microsoft had release another build of Windows 10 for PC’s and mobile devices. While the Insider Program is a great way to experience new features and ideas for Windows 10 there are also some negative points about it. Especially if you are on the Fast Ring, but also on the other two subscriptions for new builds there is a little risk left that you can lose some data or that the operating system is just not working the way you want.
One of the two points happened to me lately. According to the Windows Insider App on my PC I am an Insider since the 1st of October 2014 so from the first hour on I am downloading, installing, testing etc. new builds on my main desktop PC, my Surface tablet and my main phone. While my experience was always pretty good also with builds from the fast ring, there occurred a very annoying problem yesterday.
A couple of weeks ago all my favorites in Internet Explorer, must have been about 100 or so, disappeared. At this point I still had all my favorites in Microsoft Edge and I though, fine then I’ll just completely switch to Edge now. However, yesterday all my favorites disappeared in Microsoft Edge. Finishing this up, I had two browsers on my PC and none of these had my favorites anymore.
In order to prevent such a disaster for you I decided to do a quick how to tutorial in order to back up your favorites from the Microsoft Edge browser. This is actually pretty easy, though you have to know where to search for favorites since Microsoft isn’t storing them in the Favorites folder anymore with Edge. If you agree on me that this is pretty annoying, head over to the Windows Feedback App and let them know. Now, let’s get started.
- Locate Favorites folder:
In order to locate the folder where Edge is saving your favourites, follow this path:
- Back up ‘DBStore’ folder:
Once you have been following this path, you will see three folders, DBStore, Favorites and ReadingList. As strange it may sound, the folder we are interested in is not the Favorites folder but the DBStore folder. If you backup the Favorites folder, all you have are the ico files, little small icons on open tabs and in your favorite list, of your favorites but no links. In the DBStore folder, however, are saved all the favorites including links.
- Copy & Paste:
Copy the DBStore folder anywhere you like to for backup. A good idea might be to save it to OneDrive or any other cloud so that you will not lose them if you refresh your PC or anything. I’d recommend you to save you a txt file along with your favorites with the file path. This way you can just paste the saved DBStore folder there once Microsoft Edge forgets your favorites.
So that’s it, once you have saved the DBStore folder somewhere you are save. The backup is made in a few seconds but it can be very important once you have lost your favorites. So let me know what you think and if you have experience any problems like this one with Windows 10 already. Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.