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23 Aug, 2011

Transfer/move/copy messenger custom emoticons from one PC to another

Posted by: mynag In: Solutions & Tips|Windows

The following instructions to migrate your custom emoticons between computers only work on Windows. In another words, both the source and the target computers are running on Windows. It does not work from a Windows to a Mac computer.

In Windows XP, the custom emoticons are located in this folder (C:\Documents and Settings\<Window Logon name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Messenger\<Messenger Logon name>\ObjectStore\CustomEmoticons.)

In Windows Vista/7, the custom emoticons in this folder (C:\Users\<Window Logon name>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Messenger\<Messenger Logon name>\ObjectStore\CustomEmoticons).

Just copied the CustomEmoticons folder and paste it to the similar location of the target PC and restart the Windows Live Messenger. If you need step by step instructions, here it is:

Copying the MSN Custom Emoticons

On the PC running Window XP which contain the custom emoticons,

  1. Open Window Explorer
  2. Be sure that Show Hidden files is enabled.
  3. Click and expand <Documents and Settings> folder
  4. Click and select your folder that is named after your user name/login name
  5. Click and expand the folder <Local Settings>.
  6. Click and expand the folder <Application Data>.
  7. Click and expand the folder <Microsoft>.
  8. Click and expand the folder <Messenger>.
  9. Click and expand the folder that is named after your Windows Messenger user name/login name.
  10. Click and expand the folder <ObjectStore>.
  11. Select the folder called <CustomEmoticons> and copied it.

 

On the PC running Windows 7 which contain the custom emoticons

  1. Open Window Explorer
  2. Be sure that Show Hidden files is enabled.
  3. Click and expand <Users> folder
  4. Click and select your folder that is named after your user name/login name
  5. Click and expand the folder <AppData>.
  6. Click and expand the Folder <Local>.
  7. Click and expand the folder <Microsoft>.
  8. Click and expand the folder <Messenger>.
  9. Click and expand the folder that is named after your Windows Messenger user name/login name.
  10. Click and expand the folder <ObjectStore>.
  11. Select the folder called <CustomEmoticons> and copied it.

 

Transfering the MSN Custom Emoticons onto the new PC

On the PC  that is running Window XP,

  1. Open Window Explorer
  2. Be sure that Show Hidden files is enabled.
  3. Click and expand <Documents and Settings> folder
  4. Click and select your folder that is named after your user name/login name
  5. Click and expand the folder <Local Settings>.
  6. Click and expand the folder <Application Data>.
  7. Click and expand the folder <Microsoft>.
  8. Click and expand the folder <Messenger>.
  9. Click and expand the folder that is named after your Windows Messenger user name/login name.
  10. Click and expand the folder <ObjectStore>.
  11. Paste the copied <CustomEmoticons>.
  12. Restart Windows Live Messenger and you should have your custom emoticons back.

 

On the PC running Windows 7

  1. Open Window Explorer
  2. Be sure that Show Hidden files is enabled.
  3. Click and expand <Users> folder
  4. Click and select your folder that is named after your user name/login name
  5. Click and expand the folder <AppData>.
  6. Click and expand the Folder <Local>.
  7. Click and expand the folder <Microsoft>.
  8. Click and expand the folder <Messenger>.
  9. Click and expand the folder that is named after your Windows Messenger user name/login name.
  10. Click and expand the folder <ObjectStore>.
  11. Paste the copied <CustomEmoticons>.
  12. Restart Windows Live Messenger and you should have your custom emoticons back.

4 Responses to "Transfer/move/copy messenger custom emoticons from one PC to another"

1 | Stephanie

September 13th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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Thanks for these steps. They were easy to understand and very helpful too.

2 | Stephanie

September 13th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

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For further information, it only helped me extract the emoticons from my Windows XP but I could not get Windows Live Messenger to recognize the added emoticons on my Windows 7 pc.

3 | mynag

March 2nd, 2012 at 10:40 am

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It should work because I have personally tested them myself. Be aware of the diffrerence of location as stated in this post where it should be copied from and pasted to in respect to the operating system.

4 | Martin

March 25th, 2012 at 3:04 am

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It works from windows to windows, but not from windows to Mac.

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