which OPERA to replace OPERA 12 on new PC?

  • I'm thinking of replacing my old computer which has WindowsXP and OPERA 12 with a new one with Windows 8.1. I like my current Opera version 12, it serves all my needs. I have no smart phone or other gadgets. I essentially just use the computer for e-mail, googling and photo editing. I am not computer-savvy and like things to be as simple as possible.

    I suppose I may have to download a newer version of Opera - but am concerned that some of my current features may disappear - specifically using key stroke shortcuts, arranging it in the traditional format of bookmarks, etc. in a left panel, etc.

    Or is there a way for me to transfer my current Opera version onto the new computer?

    I would appreciate any comments and/or suggestions.

  • Opera 12, you could - though I'd recommend downloading it fresh from the FTP site and then copying your full profile. Install Opera on your new machine, see where it put your profile, and copy the old one over it. (Opera 25 does not allow you to copy passwords from one computer to another, but in 12 you could as long as you also copied the encryption key in the certificates file.)

  • I'd personally be very cautious about copying in a "full profile" from an old-system install onto a new-system Opera 12 installation. There are some path-specific entries contained in operaprefs.ini (in the "file types" and "user prefs" sections) that will likely not transfer directly into a new system's file mapping. Likewise, any other Opera file path references that might involve custom toolbar files, sessions, and such may not track properly onto the new system's file-naming.

    Over the years, I've found a less troublesome method is to perform a full, new Opera install onto the new system, then (with Opera turned off), copy in to the appropriate, corresponding new folders/subfolders only those specific old profile files needed to 'customize' the new install like the old one (things like bookmarks, notes, toolbars, override, search, and wand files). I'd much rather manually re-establish a handful of custom user settings than try debugging a failure of the new install to respond to some particular operation because some pathname in an obscure copied-in profile file was now broken by referring to the old system's file terminology. I find it safer to use this method, and then open Opera in both the old system and the new and manually walk through all the Preference subpanel settings side-by-side to make sure they are the same where appropriate and refer to the correct paths for each system where/if that applies. It only takes a little while, but it avoids a lot of possible debugging grief later. In fact, I've walked the "same" Opera 10.53 version install across 7 different computer systems without problem, using this approach, and just two weeks ago, repeated it for an Opera 12.14 version across two different laptop systems.

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