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sally4

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I copied the Thunderbird profile with all of its collected folders and messages from XP and imported it to Win7, but when I try to open Thunderbird, I discover that there is a second profile and a second "ini" file, and that is the one that loads. I've tried deleting the wrong profile and corresponding "ini" file, but a new profile and new "ini" file quickly appear, and that is the one that loads when I open Thunderbird. As far as I can tell, the imported file contains all the folders from the original Thunderbird on the XP drive. How do I get that one to be the one that loads? 

 

Each of the profiles has a number (shown by ........ below). Each new profile that pops has a new number.   

 

I suspect it may be the settings in the profiles.ini . I tried altering them but so far that hasn't helped. 

I'd appreciate any advice on this. I have several years of filed and saved emails from projects that I'm involved with - trying to get anything done without being able to pull up past history is driving me nuts!

 

The wrong ini file is titled "profiles.ini" and has the following settings. 

[General]

StartWithLastProfile=1
 
[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/..........default
Default=1
 
The file name for the imported profile  is "profiles(1).ini" and the settings in the file read:
[General]
StartWithLastProfile=0
 
[Profile0]
Name=default
IsRelative=0
Path=Profiles/............default
 
 
 

 


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I took one last stab at it and finally solved this myself. Rather than deleting the extra "ini" file, I changed the ID number in it to the ID number of the imported profile. I still have two profiles and two "ini" files, but now both "ini" files direct thunderbird to the correct profile and all my old folders and emails are displayed. 


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