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Moving Thunderbird Mail From Windows 7 to Windows 8

I want to move my Thunderbird mail, address book, reminders, etc.... from a Windows 7 computer to a new Windows 8 computer.
I have set up Thunderbird on the Windows 8 computer and logged in to my e-mail so that Thunderbird can great my profile on the Windows 8 computer.
The problem I have now is that I do not see the profile on the Windows 8 computer where I can place the mail, address book, reminders, etc....
Where does Thunderbird store that user profile information and data on Windows 8?
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  • I’m happy
    Okay, found it! Finally!
    Windows 8 sets the AppData directory under Users to be hidden.
    Unhide the directory and then you can see and have access to it.
    Sorry for the bother ... and thank you :-)
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  • Move to a new pc info:
    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Move_to_a_n...
    Download MozBackup onto the Win7 machine and use it to create a backup of your profile.

    copy the backup file onto the Win8 machine and install MozBackup to use to import the profile.

    or
    manually copy paste files into the correct location in the new Profile.
    How to access profile folders in win8:
    1. Make hidden files visible:
    From the Control Panel, type “folder” in the search box and select 'Folder Options'.

    Click the 'View' tab
    under Advanced Settings box, under 'hidden files and folders',
    select: 'show hidden files, folders and drives' and then click OK.

    2. In Thunderbird: access Profile Folders:
    Help > Troubleshooting Information
    click on 'Show folder' button.
    Close Thunderbird.

    You can now manually copy and paste files into the correct location
    http://kb.mozillazine.org/Profile_fol...
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  • I’m thankful
    Excellent information ... thank you!

    What I ended up doing was uninstalling Thunderbird on the Windows 8 computer and wiping out the Thunderbird directories under Users/[myname]/AppData Local and Roaming.

    Then I copied the Local and Roaming Thunderbird directories from the Users/[myname]/AppData directory on the Windows 7 computer over to the new Windows 8 computer Users/[myname/AppData Local and Roaming directories.

    Then re-installed Thunderbird.

    NOTE: If I had not installed Thunderbird in the first place all I would have had to do was copy/paste the directories from one computer to the other and the install Thunderbird and start it up ... lesson learned ;-)

    Started up Thunderbird and everything appears to there and working.

    Bottom line ... similar approaches. Thank you again. I am sure this informaiton will be helpful to someone else :-)
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  • The recommendation to copy the profile files over first, *before* installing Thunderbird, is absolutely, positively, the best advice I have seen in a long time. I have gone through many computer or O/S software updates, where I have had to go in and change the default profile name to match whatever the new Thunderbird has come up with. This just plain works! And even better, it works for Firefox, too! Sweet!
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  • The advantage in doing it the other way round is that Thunderbird creates the profile folder where it knows to look, so shows you where to put it. Many issues arising with profile transfer come from users not knowing where to put the transplanted files.

    Users moving from XP to 7/8 often struggle with the changes in the user folder systems.
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