restore IE7 browser-history & browser-history not being saved

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Tally, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Tally

    Tally Guest

    In attempting to correct a problem of browser addresses not saving, the
    number of days to save history was lowered to the point of loosing some much
    needed URLs.

    I would like to recover the correct history file from my backup program.
    The difficulty is that I do not know which file to restore and its location
    in the maze of folders NOR do I know if this might be a solution to regaining
    the lost URLs.

    So, in order to locate a three-week-old file backup copy, what is the actual
    file path/location to my IE7 browsing-history file OR is there another way to
    retrieve something from my backup that will restore the older browsing

    In anticipation of restoring the URLs, I have increased the number of days
    to keep pages in history.

    FYI, I still haven't figured out why IE7 stopped keeping track of my
    browsing history.

    Thank you so much for any help/suggestions.
    Tally, Jul 15, 2008
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  2. It's not just a file, or set of files, the registry is also involved
    with a new set of files and directories (because of a different date.)
    I wouldn't bother trying.

    Did you have a power failure or otherwise shutdown improperly?

    Robert Aldwinckle, Jul 16, 2008
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  3. Tally

    Don Varnau Guest

    I don't think you will recover the complete history and clearing the History
    folder is one of the first steps usually taken to fix AutoComplete problems.
    It would be better to save URLs/addresses as Favorites than to rely on the
    History folder.
    Corruption in the History folder is not uncommon.

    Which version of Windows?
    Which "backup program" are you using?

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jul 16, 2008
  4. Tally

    Tally Guest

    Robert -
    Assumed to the contrary, but hoped it could be as simple as restoring
    an older file. As to your power failure/improper shutdown query, either
    could have happened but can't say for sure.

    Don -
    I do save things to favorites when I determine that they are, indeed, a
    Favorite but have been leaning on History as a quick-reference road map for
    my visually dependant memory. Sure would be helpful to have the corruption
    problem eradicated!

    As to your program questions, I'm running XP Professional v.2002 with
    Service Pack 2 and my backup program is Norton Ghost 9.0

    Tally, Jul 16, 2008
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    Don Varnau Guest

    In XP your History folder would be at C:\Documents and settings\your account
    name\Local Settings\History. Make sure that Hidden and System files are
    visible (Folder Options> View.)

    I don't think you will be able to copy the backed up History folder to that
    location and have it work, but I guess it's worth a try.

    Again, you won't be restoring the History, but it may be useful to copy the
    backup History folder to another location and examine it with IEHistoryView which allows you to search, sort by
    name, date, etc.

    Also I would recommend keeping no more than 25-30 days of browsing history
    just to reduce the possibility of History folder corruption.

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jul 17, 2008
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