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Transfer Internet Explorer Saved Passwords

valley_girl1919 asked on
 I have a user that has many passwords set to automatically save in IE 8 for many websites on Windows XP SP3. I have imaged another PC for her with WinXP SP3 (we have not deployed Win7 yet). She asked me if there is a way to transfer her saved passwords in IE to the new PC I just set up. I know there is a way to export the favorites/cookies,  but what about passwords? Is there a way to back up the saved IE passwords on her current pc and then restore that into IE on her new workstation?
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Abdul Raqeeb Kola replied on

Hi,
Internet Explorer uses a feature called AutoComplete to store passwords and other information that you type into web form fields when it is enabled. With AutoComplete for user names and passwords, IE will prompt you before saving the account information.
If you select No, Windows will record the site information in the registry, so Internet Explorer will not prompt you again the next time you visit the site. Since IE does not provide any way to easily edit account/password information, the fix involves making an easy registry editing to modify the site that you answered No for saving the password, while keeping all other information the same.
NOTE: Follow the below steps exactly as specified and do not make any changes other than specified while in the Registry. Important this section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:322756 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756 / ) How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
1. Close Internet Explorer.
2. Click on Start >Run and in the run field type regedit (you will need to have administrator rights to edit the registry)
3. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2
4. In the left window pane, select the Storage2 key, then from the menu, select File / Export and save the key to your Desktop with the File Name: oldstorage.reg
Now all your previously saved passwords will be preserved.
Follow the below steps below to know on how to import them back if needed:
a. Select the Storage2 key again, then from the menu, select File / Import and select the oldstorage.reg file (from the Desktop), and click Open to merge the data back into the registry. Click OK to acknowledge merge was successful.
b. Select the Storage2 key again, then from the menu, select File / Import and select the newstorage.reg file (from the Desktop), and click Open to merge the data back into the registry. Click OK to acknowledge merge was successful.

Also refer: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/forum/ie8-windows_other/backuping-internet-explorer-8/7860d833-41d2-44b1-a29d-da8afbeed3b7


I hope the above information helps you.

Abdul Raqeeb Kola
Former Microsoft Senior Support Engineer
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