Most of us are familiar with the classic Sticky Notes which are present in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 11, 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 11 and Windows 10.
Import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10
If you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8 user and planning to move to Windows 11/10, you may want to migrate or import your classic Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10. 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 11/10 Sticky Notes UWP app as well.
To import Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10, follow these steps:
- Close the Sticky Notes if it is opened.
- Go to Settings > Apps > Sticky Notes > Advanced Options.
- Click the Reset button.
- Go to Legacy in in your User profie.
- Rename StickyNotes.snt to ThresholdNotes.snt.
- Open the Sticky Notes app.
- Open elevated PowerShell window.
- Enter this command: Remove-AppxPackage Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_188.8.131.52_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe
- Restart your computer.
- Open Microsoft Store and install the Sticky Notes app.
- Go to the LocalState folder in your user profile.
- Create a folder and name it as Legacy.
- Paste the Stickynotes.snt file.
To learn more about these steps, continue reading.
First, you need to convert old Sticky Notes StickyNotes.snt data file to the new Sticky Notes plum.sqlite format. For that, 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 the Sticky Notes app now. Instead, open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder:
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.
Open an elevated PowerShell prompt:
Get-AppxPackage -Allusers | Select "PackageFullName"
Note down the Sticky note package fullname
Make sure that you include your Sticky Note package fullname.
Reboot the PC
Visit Microsoft Store, search for, and install Sticky Notes.
Do not open the app, but first go to:
Here create a folder Legacy if it does not exist.
Now copy your Stickynotes.snt file into the new Legacy folder and rename it to ThresholdNotes.snt.
Now open Sticky Notes app and see.
Can you transfer Sticky Notes Windows 7 to Windows 11/10?
Yes, you can transfer Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10 by following the aforementioned guide. At first, you need to copy the data file from your old computer, convert it to the suitable format for Windows 11/10, and paste it into the new computer. In between, you might have to clear some files to get the job done.
How do I recover my Sticky Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10?
To revert Stick Notes from Windows 7 to Windows 11/10, you can follow the steps mentioned above. In simple terms, you can locate and copy the data file from your Windows 7 computer, rename the source folder, install the app from Microsoft Store in Windows 11/10 PC, and past the file you copied earlier.