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How do I transfer my mail and contacts to a new computer?

  • Hi there. I am using Opera Mail standalone e-mail client for windows, and am changing from one computer to another. I need to know how to back up my e-mail and contacts so I can put them into my new computer. I don't know where any of these are kept. I am moving from a computer running Windows XP to one that has Windows 8. I can't seem to find any helpful information on the Opera sites. Please help.

  • Backup contacts.adr and, for email, backup the whole mail folder.

    You can find its location on help > about opera mail.

  • Those files/folders that leocg mentioned maybe hidden, so you would need to go to (via an opened windows explorer window) 'Tools / Folder options... / View (tab) / Show hidden files and folders' and select that option, so that there is a dot in the circle, then click 'OK'. You should now be able to navigate to the location of where the files and folders you require that are listed in 'About Opera'.

  • Before you install Opera Mail on the new computer:

    Put "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Opera Mail" in "C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming".

    Put "C:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Opera Mail" in "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local".

    Inside "C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Opera Mail" and "C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Opera Mail", there should be folders named "Opera Mail" to match the name of the "Opera Mail" program files folder. If they're not named "Opera Mail", rename them. (Don't rename the parent "Opera Mail" folders though).

    Also, edit "C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Opera Mail\Opera Mail\operaprefs.ini" with a text editor. Remove any line that has a path in it so that Opera Mail uses the default location for that setting.

    Then, launch the Opera Mail installer, click "options" and set the "install path" to the program files folder. For 64-bit Windows 8, set it to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Opera Mail". For 32-bit Windows 8, set the "install path" to "C:\Program Files\Opera Mail".

    Then, set "install for" to "All Users", set your icon options and install.

    Done properly, when you first launch Opera Mail, it'll be just like Opera Mail was always on windows 8.

    To make Opera Mail the default client, see this zip file for a reg file that you can import.