If you got a new computer like me then you probably want to move your Skype history from your old computer to the new one. In my case I needed to move my Skype history from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7 computer. This is fairly easy but you want to make sure to do this as quickly as possible so you don’t loose any new conversations on the new computer when you copy the actual data over to the new computer. Follow the directions below and you will have all of your Skype history on the new computer in no time. The below has the same concept on any Operating System but the guidelines are very similar for all Windows computers and Windows Vista has the same path as Windows 7.

**UPDATE** – **posted by lesaped In Comments Below **

It worked, but only after I copied entire *SKYPEUSER* folder to the new place, not just *chatsync* . Using Skype 5.5. Probably something has changed in Skype settings since this answer was posted.

Move Skype History From Windows XP To Windows 7:

The easiest way to complete the below direction is by using a thumb drive though you can transfer the data over the network via network shares, using an external hard drive, or any other way you can get the old data onto the new computer. Simply replace USERNAME in the paths below to the user for which Skype is installed.

  • Windows XP Skype History Folder Location:
    C:\Documents and Settings\WINDOWSUSERNAME\Application Data\Skype
    
  • Windows Vista Skype History Folder Location:
    C:\Users\WINDOWSUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Skype
    
  • Windows 7 Skype History Folder Location:
    C:\Users\WINDOWSUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Skype
    
  1. Shutdown Skype On Old PC: Make sure that Skype is turned off on the old computer.
  2. Copy Skype History To USB Drive: Copy the entire Skype directory from above to your USB thumb drive.
  3. Shutdown Skype: Make sure that Skype is turned off on the new computer.
  4. Backup Skype History Locally: On the new computer copy the current Skype folder mentioned in the path listing above based on Windows OS(Operating System) to a place like your Desktop or somewhere else where it will be convenient to access if necessary.
  5. Replace Chatsync Folders:Connect the USB drive to the new computer and navigate to the inside of the Skype folder you copied from the old computer. In the Skype directory you should see sub directories that are named the same as your Skype usernames. Drag the chatsync folder from one of the username folders to the new computer into the username folder on the new computer again using the path references above to locate the Skype history folder. This will overwrite any conversations you have had since installing Skype on the new computer but I imagine your history is more important on the old computer if you have just recently installed Skype. Below are examples of specifically what folder should move from the old computer to the new computer.Move This Skype Chat History Folder From Windows XP:
    C:\Documents and Settings\WINDOWSUSERNAME\Application Data\Skype\SKYPEUSER\chatsync
    

    To Overwrite This Skype Chat History Folder On Windows 7:

    C:\Users\WINDOWSUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Skype\SKYPEUSER\chatsync
    
  6. Start Skype & Log On To Skype: Now launch Skype on the new computer. When launching Skype you may get an error complaining about logon credentials but don’t worry about this right now. If you simply type in your username and password and click login then you should not see the credentials error again. You should now be able to browse your chat history that was stored on the old computer on the new computer.

Repeat step five for any other users you want to copy over the history from another computer to the new computer. Just remember that if you waited to do this for any length of time that next time it would be easier to not have a single conversation before you move over your Skype history.


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51 Responses to “Move Skype History From Windows XP To Windows 7”
  1. Rafay says:

    Hi

    I have read it yet i dont have complete hold of the using computers. I have two computers.

    One I had Windows Vista and used skype over there, then i re-installed it and used, then i installed windows 7. It means there are three histories existing in it.

    Second In this laptop i use windows 7 and need to import all three histories of previous lapotop.

    Thanks a lot if you have time and step by step guidance needed.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rafay,

    Step by step instructions are provided in the article above. This article assumes you are moving the history directly after a fresh install as combining histories will become more complex. Good luck.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Rafay Reply:

    Thanks Alex

    But last question i started to use skype on new pc. can i merge the files with the previous one. Means can i still import skype history from previous laptop or windows.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rafay,

    As I said above it is much more complex. I am sure there is a way but its going to be harder to merge the files and the amount of time would probably depend on how many conversations you are attempting to merge. I would suggest looking for a third party application that will do such a task.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  2. Rafay says:

    Thanks a lot alex

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Rafay,

    No problem. I hope you get it worked out.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  3. Russell says:

    Thanks Alex! Very helpful and straight-forward step-by-step instructions. Most appreciative.

    (Just a small corrective note, however; in the last sentence of step number 6 you say, “You should NOT be able to browse…” I assume you meant to say, “You should NOW be able to browse…” I wouldn’t normally mention a simple, one-letter typo, but in this case it makes all the difference.) :)

    Thanks again.
    -Russell

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Russell,

    No problem at all. I appreciate the positive feedback. You were absolutely correct on the typo which I have now fixed thanks to your feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  4. lola08 says:

    When I moved my history from vista to windows 7, replacing only the chatsync folder didnt work. I replaced the entire skype folder with all of the contents from my old computer and now I can view all of my history.
    Just thought I’d suggest this in case anyone has the same problem :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello lolao8,

    I believe the format has changed through the versions but I am not 100% sure about that. So for sure this would work if you were moving from the same operating system to a new hard drive and the version of Skype is the same on both as well. Beyond that it may work all the time or it may not… People can definitely try for themselves and see though as it would be much more simple just to replace the entire directory. I would suggest backing up the new Skype folder before copying over it though just in case there are any issues.

    Thanks so much for providing feedback and letting us know what worked for you. There is definitely always more than one way to fix a problem so it is appreciated that you spent the time to let us know your experience.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Jorich Reply:

    Thanks lolao8!!

    This small thing made the difference for me, too! I just copied the whole my profile folder with the chatsync and everything else in it.

    The procedure transferred even more settings over! E.g. my window position, groups state, conversations log and maybe more.

    Thank you, too, Alex! Reminding me of the paths for the different OS’s is always helpful. I was even wondering whether to transfer anything else like some other folder in “Skype” that is beside the profile folder or even the “skypePM” folder which is just beside the “Skype” one. I will restrain from doing that for a while. Hopefully all those are just various caches…

    Thank you all guys again!
    Jorich

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Jorich,

    No problem. Glad you read through the comments as well to get the extra tip from lolao8 and appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  5. Mona says:

    It works, thanx alot :)

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Mona,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  6. Venkatesh says:

    replacing the entire skype folder works when migrating from my old Vista laptop to new Windows 7 laptop as per above suggestions. Many thanks for your guidance

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Venkatesh,

    Glad to hear it worked! Thanks for leaving feedback and letting people know what method worked for you.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  7. Javier Vinas says:

    I changed my old lap top Windows XP to Windows 7, what do I have to do so Skype credits my account?

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Javier Vinas,

    Not sure exactly what you mean by credits your account… If you mean how do you keep the Skype Credit you already have then you don’t have to worry about anything. The credit on your Skype account will follow the username and password not the computer itself. Hope that helps… if I am misunderstanding the question please provide more details so we can attempt to assist you.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  8. brian says:

    Very web savvy guy here. Tried to follow your instructions.

    Attempting to move Skype Folder from Windows XP to a new Skype installation on Windows 7 Pro 64-bit

    Cannot find any folders you mention on Windows 7 with my new installation of Skype. There is no folder “ersWINDOWSUSERNAMEAppDataRoamingSkypeSKYPEUSERchatsync” anywhere.

    The only folder I could find was a Skype folder on Windows 7 located under the C drive, under program files (x86) under Skype.

    I copied all the contents of the skype folder into this folder so now I have:

    folder with my username
    folder that says ‘My Skype Received Files’
    folder that says Phone
    folder that says ‘Plugin Manager’
    folder that says ‘shared_dynco
    folder that says ‘shared_httpfe’
    folder that says “Toolbars
    file that says crash.dmp
    file that says shared.lck
    file that says ‘shared’

    Hope this helps and we can get this sorted.

    New skype installation version is 4.2.0.187

    Thanks,

    Brian

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    alex Reply:

    Hello brian,

    Thanks for all of the details. Something was messed up with this article’s cache on the server which removed the “\”. If you look at the article now the path’s should be correct.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  9. Hoa Hippi says:

    Thank you for sharing. I’ve just moved my skype history from window xp to win 7. Cool ^^

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Hoa Hippi,

    Not a problem at all. Glad to hear you got your Skype history rocking on Windows 7! Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  10. zivoradbre says:

    I just try to move my skype history from old Vista to new Windows 7 following your procedure without result. But, on Vista I had previous version of Skype and I install a latest version on Win 7. Is this can be a problem?

    Thank you.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello zivoradbre,

    If you followed the steps exactly it is not going to work since the article is for moving Skype from Windows XP to Windows 7. You can use similar steps by copying data from the same location on Windows Vista as noted for Windows 7.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    zivoradbre Reply:

    I said that I tried to do that, but unfortunately without results. I suppose the reason for this can be differece in previous and current version od Skype. I will try to install previos version and than revert history following your recipe.
    If you have any idea what can be problem please note me…tnx

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    alex Reply:

    Hello zivoradbre,

    Actually you said you tried the procedure in the article which is not the exact steps to move Skype history on Windows Vista to Windows 7. Hope you find a solution.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    zivoradbre Reply:

    I succeed…I just overwrite new Skype folder with old one…very nice. You should overwrite every file (not done earlier).

    Tnx Alex

    Greetings

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    alex Reply:

    Hello zivoradbre,

    Great to hear. Thanks for following up with the details.

    Thanks.
    alex

  11. Barcelonisimo... says:

    Thanks. It was Helpfull

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Barcelonisimo,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  12. Laszlo says:

    I tried to copy both the chatsync content and total skype folder, but didn’t find my old messages. From XP to Windows 7, Skype version is 5.0.
    However this method was working earlier (maybe not with 5.0)
    As I can see, it is using main.db, dc.db, griffin.db now, not the same file structure as my XP version.
    I tried it with Skype 4.x, but the same result, the chat history doesn’t appear.

    Laszlo

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Laszlo,

    It is possible something has changed with the newer versions of Skype since this article was written in Jan. 2010. I would suggest trying older versions of Skype to see if this works. Look for whatever version of Skype was new around Jan. 2010. Hope that helps.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  13. Laszlo says:

    Yes,

    After upgrading old Skype to 5.x, it created the *.db files, and main.db is increased to 9MB, so it stores maybe the index of chat information stored in chatsync directory.
    So after upgrading the old skype, and copy the user directory to the new computer, the chat history is working.

    Br,
    Laszlo

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Laszlo,

    Thanks for posting feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  14. Vladimir says:

    Thank you! Alex! This lesson is wery good!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Vladimir,

    No problem. Thanks for taking the time to leave feedback.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Vladimir Reply:

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    If you need my help, write my e-mail, becoze you helped me.

    I’d like meet you, beckoze you’re good human.

    Thanks!
    Vladimir!

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    alex Reply:

    Hello Vladimir,

    Thanks for the offer. We will keep that in mind!

    Thanks.
    alex

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  15. mihoy says:

    when i copy and paste the C:\Users\WINDOWSUSERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Skype
    my computer said “no match found” where should i find it?please help i really need it

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    alex Reply:

    Hello mihoy,

    I assume you are changing WINDOWSUSERNAME with your username? If you need further assistance you will need to provide more details.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  16. mihoy says:

    i turned off my skype call and chat history . now i need all those call history and conversations for legal purposes . i want to recover all of it . can you please help me T_T

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    alex Reply:

    Hello mihoy,

    I doubt that is possible if you turned it all off.

    Thanks.
    alex

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  17. lesaped says:

    It worked, but only after I copied entire *SKYPEUSER* folder to the new place, not just *chatsync* . Using Skype 5.5. Probably something has changed in Skype settings since this answer was posted.

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    alex Reply:

    Hello lesaped,

    That is definitely possible so thanks for leaving feedback with this information. Now if people end up at this article and it doesn’t accomplish their goal they will be able to see the information you posted. I am going to update the article with a side not with this information.

    Thanks.
    alex

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    Kat Reply:

    That was really helpful. Works perfectly after copying the whole user folder over!

    Thanks for posting!

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  18. Nicolette says:

    I REALLY need your help… I turned on permanent deletion on my skype and so many of my messages were deleted from months ago. Is there ANY way that I can get them back? Please, I really need this answered more than anything :( I’m in such a bad situation right now

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    Raven Reply:

    Hey Nicolette.
    I was hoping to help. There are a few questions I’d have to ask you to give you a proper answer based on what I’ve figured out about getting Chat Logs back thus far.

    Number 1. Upon doing this “Permanent Deletion” did you uninstall Skype completely from the computer you were doing it from?
    Or did you just remove the tabs from your computer, and try to forget about it or something?

    I think “Permanent Deletion” simply means you deactivated the account from use by Skype via their website or something? But that most certainly doesn’t mean that all the conversations you had with Skype aren’t lingering somewhere on your Computer, inside of your AppData file (which is usually a hidden folder), under “Roaming”, and then under “Skype”.

    Your account’s username and file of chats, may still be on there ESPECIALLY if you didn’t fully uninstall it =].

    But it depends on what you mean by turned on Permanent Deletion. I think I’m understanding you correctly

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  19. Raven says:

    Hi, What exactly is the Griffin.db? I attempted to make this transfer with out any assistance whatsoever. Downloaded a new version of Skype. Transfered just the Chat sync over, and it didn’t work. Then Copied the chat sync, plus all the setting files that weren’t contained in any named folder (outside of being held in a folder labeled with my Skype Username.

    I compared the files that were already on my newest Skype download, against the ones that were held on my old computer & saw that the ones on my older computer were bigger in file size, but the same — ALL EXCEPT…. for one.
    Griffin.db.

    Griffin.db wasn’t on the blank downloaded Skype copy, and it has the most unusual file name I’ve ever seen… having a man’s name very obviously plastered across this database file…

    So what exactly is it? And why is it on my computer, because I’m ready to delete that thing so damn fast, if I can’t get any kind of answer about it lol. Looks way too much like something meant for somebody else other than me, and I can see its on other people’s computers too based on the comments left above — so at least I know its not one of my friends creating a back up of all my chats or anything like that.

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