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Old 09-30-01, 04:12 PM
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Please help: moving old icq list to new icq list

I am currently using the 2000b Beta v.4.56 version of ICQ.

My old ICQ on my old computer has the contact list of all my old buddies. It's been like 2 years since i turned on the old computer and now that I have it on, I'd like to get all the contact info onto my newer computer.

Can someone please tell me how to copy the contact list info onto my new icq?

The old version is 99aBeta v.2.13

I've tried copying the contents from the old DB to the 2000b folder. When I did that, ICQ wouldn't let me open b/c of errors that pop up and I had to undo the changes. Please help! TIA!
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havent used icq in quite some time, since i use trillian to combine all my instant messaging programs
but if I remember correctly.. dont you have to copy it over.. then run the database converter?
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hmm.. donde esta the database converter? Do i need to d/l it from somewhere?
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Lateral thinking from Usenet:
First, make sure you've installed and registered your ICQ account on the new computer. Then, using your old computer, send a single message to all your contacts at once informing them that you are moving to a new computer and that for them to stay on your contact list they must reply to your message. After that is sent, shut down the old ICQ, and start up the new ICQ. Now, everyone who wishes to stay on your contact list will reply and when they do, simply add them to your new contact list. It may take a day or two for everyone to reply but this has worked for me in the past and it also gets rid of old contacts that aren't used anymore.
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there's an easier way. just migrate all the files with your UIN number in the ICQ directory and subdirectory to your new ICQ directories. oh, you'll need to run the new ICQ at least once to setup the UIN for your account. then, copy all of the old UIN numbers over to ICQ. i do this all the time and it always works -- migrates the message and chat history as well.

if you need the exact directories, you'll have to wait until i'm back at home. i can't remember them off the top of my head. i should be back home later on in the evening so if you can put it off until then...
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Originally posted by twikoff
havent used icq in quite some time, since i use trillian to combine all my instant messaging programs
but if I remember correctly.. dont you have to copy it over.. then run the database converter?
Where can I get this program?
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I've had to do what you are asking many times. It's rather simple, here's what you have to do in order to keep contact lists and history.

-copy the 2000b folder to somewhere safe
-install a fresh copy of icq2000
-when you install, select that you have an existing UIN
-once you have started ICQ once, close the application
-copy your old 2000b folder over the one that you have installed
-restart ICQ and bingo!

g'luck!
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Do these solutions take into account that the original querist said that he has two separate PCs and that the old data is on one whilst the new version of ICQ is on the newer machine that he now uses?
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i want to say yes. i remember going this method when i was upgrading from 99 to 2000a as well as moving to a new computer.

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