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.

16 Comments

  1. Aleeza Hassan

    this is exactly what I was looking for! Thanks a lot!

  2. AntiCoyote

    No longer works

  3. Wonjin Kim

    it still works… you probably did wrong.

  4. Ann

    did not work for me either

  5. Steven McDolly

    Did not work for me, on Windows 10 – 1803 Insider Preview 🙁

  6. Steven McDolly

    I found that I rename the file by typing and it works, I don’t know why!

  7. Natacha Jelinic

    Didn’t work for me either… i even tried to restart the PC but nope…

  8. Stargate Max

    Nope, doesn’t work. Just opens a blank note. I did everything described here, twice.

  9. Jose

    On W10 Pro 1803 the procedure is a little bit different, this is the right one :

    After pasting on Legacy folder StickyNotes.snt backed up from W7 you must rename it as ThresholdNotes.snt and then start Sticky Notes. There might be a short delay to start in case you had many notes but that will work. It’s the only difference I found searching other sites and that one worked for me.

  10. Ishwar

    Worked, Thanks

  11. Marek Holová?

    Windows 10 Enterprise 1803, does not work. Tried both ThresholdNotes.snt and StickyNotes.snt in the Legacy folder. Always opens an empty note.

  12. Alonso

    Did you reset the application? Cause it did not work with me before.

  13. Jeroen

    Thanks a bloody million! The link didn’t work but manually going to the Local Appdata folder and creating the Legacy folder as indicated worked smoothly.

  14. Preston

    Didnt work

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