How to import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Most of us are familiar with the classic Sticky Notes which are present in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and up to Windows 10 v1511. However, In Windows 10 v1607 and later, Microsoft decided to convert the legacy Sticky Notes program to a UWP app, and this is what we are using currently on Windows 10.

Import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10

If you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user and planning to move to Windows 10, you may want to migrate or import your classic Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 10. The classic Sticky Notes store the data in a .snt file whereas the current Sticky Notes app stores the data in a .sqlite file. This post will show you how to convert old Sticky Notes StickyNotes.snt data file to the new Sticky Notes plum.sqlite data file so that you can continue to use the Windows 7 legacy Sticky Notes on Windows 10 Sticky Notes UWP app as well.

Convert StickyNotes.snt to plum.sqlite

To convert old Sticky Notes StickyNotes.snt data file to the new Sticky Notes plum.sqlite format do the following:

On your Windows 10 machine, close Sticky Notes.

Now open Settings > Apps > Sticky Notes > Advanced Options. Press the Reset button. The app will be reset to default, and all app data will be deleted as well.

Do not open Sticky Notes app now. Instead, open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder:

%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\Legacy

Here you will see StickyNotes.snt file. Rename it to ThresholdNotes.snt.

NOTE: If the Legacy folder does not exist, you will need to create this folder here in the LocalState folder and then place the StickyNotes.snt file from your older Windows system here in the Legacy folder. Hopefully, you will have copied or backed up this StickyNotes.snt file from your earlier system.

Now start the Sticky Notes app. The data in the .snt file will be automatically transferred to a new .sqlite data file.

This post has been made on the basis of some suggestions posted on TechNet.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.