I upgraded a laptop from Windows Vista to 8, doing a format & re-install first. Before the format, I used both Windows Backup and Easy Transfer (7) first. I imported the user accounts into Windows 8 using Windows Easy Transfer. I installed Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, and neither have my old bookmarks!
It seems that Windows Easy Transfer is too selective to include those other bookmarks. My only hope is if those browser data files were include in Windows Backup. The Vista version of Backup implements the backup as a bunch of ZIP files.
- Do you think the bookmark files are in the Windows Backup files, or did Microsoft decide that a backup doesn't "need" to be comprehensive?
- There are several hundred ZIP files in the backup. Is there a way to search the backup for my bookmarks besides several months of manual inspection?