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Friday, February 24, 2012

How to backup and restore skype chat history in Windows 7

Skype is the most popular instant messaging and free calling application out there. Most companies use skype as the official chat service. Its a great service. But there is one problem.
Skype history is available only in the machine you are using and cannot be accessed from other PC's. This is because skype chat history is NOT stored in the server but in your C: drive.

Using the steps mentioned below you can backup skype history from one machine and restore it to use in another machine.

Step 1 - Browse to C:\Users\<UserNameInTheMachine>

Step 2 - Open the AppData folder. If you don't see it, its hidden. To unhide select
Tools > Folder Options > View Tab > select the option "Show hidden files, folders and Drives" and click Apply

Step 3 - From the AppData folder, open up \Roaming\Skype folder

Step 4 - Copy all the contents in this folder and save it in a safe location or USB drive.

Now you have the Skype Chat History backup. Lets restore it in another machine.

Step 5 - Go to the machine which you need to view your skype history in and browse to the same location - C:\Users\<UserNameInTheMachine>\AppData\Roaming\Skype

Step 6 - Paste all the backup files and folders in the Skype folder. Click ‘yes’ to overwrite files and folders.

Your Skype history has been backed up. Enjoy!

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