Regain access to your Lists after migrating from Windows Live Spaces to WordPress

If you had a Windows Live Spaces blog and you have now successfully migrated to the WordPress platform, have you given a thought to the Lists, which you may have had on your Spaces blog?

As was mentioned in the Spaces to WordPress Migration FAQ, if you had any Lists on your Spaces like your Lists on favorite books, music etc then you have to back up it up manually by copying them and saving them on your PC. FAQ No 8 of the above post says:

“8.  What will happen to my lists, guestbook and notes?
Sorry but we won’t be able to move those since most blogging services do not offer that functionality. We recommend for you to copy and paste it to a local document or email to keep.”

So … maybe you have migrated but forgotten to take the backup of your Lists! Well, there is still a way to access them. Here is  how its done!

Goto http://profile.live.com and sign in to your Windows Live Profile .

Once you are signed in, you can see this kind of URL at top of the browser, a cid-no.profile.live.com  – cid-xxxxxxxxxxx.profile.live.com. I have just posted XXXX instead of what’s shown.

 

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Now just add ‘Lists’  (without quote marks)  at the end of URL  so that it looks like – cid-xxxxxxxxxxx.profile.live.com/lists and press enter.

 

You will now be able to access all your Lists that were earlier available on your Spaces.

Copy and save them on your computer so that it can be later used.

 

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Remember, you can access this till March 2011 only, as per the Timeline set by Windows Live team!

“Starting the end of September, 2010, when you visit your Windows Live Space you’ll be given the opportunity to upgrade your blog by migrating it to WordPress.com and to download your content to save for later.

As of January 4th, 2011, you won’t be able to make changes to your Spaces blog, but you can continue to review past posts, download your content to save for later and upgrade your blog to WordPress.com.

On March 16th, 2011 Windows Live Spaces will close and you will not be able to access or migrate your blog on Spaces.“

So if you haven’t yet migrated , do it now!

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One Comment

  1. Mahesh

    Wonderful tip. Thanks a ton.

    I still cannot stop wondering how come spaces could not provide album migration utility.

    Please tell me if there is a way to migrate albums from spaces.live.com to any website in the world.

    Thanks a ton.

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