16 January 2017

Quick Tip - How to migrate your Windows 7 Sticky Notes to Windows 10

With versions of Windows prior to version 10, the little Sticky Notes app that a lot of people depend on for quick notes (we really should use OneNote instead!) was easily transferred from an old computer to a new computer by simply copying the file located here:

%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes\StickyNotes.snt

to the same location on the new computer.  With Windows 10, the Sticky Notes app has graduated to the Microsoft App Store so it changed quite a bit.  Notes are no longer stored in that single .snt file and on top of that, there isn't a %AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes folder anywhere to be found.
Fear not.  The solution, courtesy of Donovan Lange, an Engineering Manager for Sticky Notes, is pretty simple, though not well documented.  The following assumes a NEW computer with Windows 10.  If you simply upgrade to Windows 10, Sticky Notes will auto upgrade to the new version.
Simply follow these steps to migrate your old notes from Windows versions prior to 10, to Windows 10:
  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. In the address bar, paste the following without the quotes:  "%AppData%\Microsoft\Sticky Notes".
  3. Make a copy of the StickyNotes.snt file you find in this folder to transferable media such as a flash drive.
  4. On the new computer, insert the flash drive and open File Explorer.
  5. In the address bar, paste the following without the quotes: "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbw\LocalState"
  6. You will most likely NOT see a "Legacy" folder in this location.
  7. Right click > New > Folder and name the folder "Legacy" without the quotes.
  8. Double click to drill down to the Legacy folder.
  9. Now navigate to your flash drive and copy the "StickyNotes.snt" file.
  10. Navigate back to the %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbw\LocalState\Legacy folder and paste the StickyNotes.snt file here.
  11. Once copied, right click on StickyNotes.snt and rename the file to "ThresholdNotes.snt" without the quotes.
  12. Close File Explorer.
  13. Close the Sticky Notes app.
  14. Restart the Sticky Notes app.
  15. You'll be presented with your old notes AND any notes you've taken in the new app.  You'll also be asked to upgrade the old notes to the new version at this point.
That's it!



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