How to Move Cookies and Autocomplete Passwords to a New Computer

By Chris Hoffman

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Web browser stores your cookies and autocomplete passwords on your new computer. If you want to move your cookies to a new computer, you can use the Import and Export wizard to create a cookies file that you can import on your new computer. Unfortunately, as of September 2011, the Import and Export wizard doesn’t contain an option that exports autocomplete passwords. Internet Explorer stores your autocomplete passwords in the Windows registry, so you can transfer the passwords by exporting them from the registry.

Step 1

Press “Alt” in Internet Explorer on your old computer, click the “File” menu that appears and select “Import and Export.” Select “Export to a File” in the Import and Export wizard window and click “Next.”

Step 2

Click the “Cookies” check box, click “Next,” provide a location for the Cookies.txt file and click the “Export” button and click “Finish” to export your cookies.

Step 3

Open the registry editor by clicking “Start,” typing “Regedit” into the search box in the Start menu and pressing “Enter.” Click “Yes” to the User Account Control prompt that appears.

Step 4

Browse to each of the following registry keys in the left pane of the registry editor window. Right-click each key in the left pane, select “Export” and save each key to a separate .reg file.HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\IntelliForms\Storage2HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider\

Step 5

Transfer the Cookies.txt file and the three .reg files to your new computer using a USB flash drive or other removable media device.

Step 6

Open Internet Explorer on the new computer, press “Alt,” click the “File” menu at the top of the window and click “Import and Export.” Click “Import From a File” and click “Next.”

Step 7

Click the “Cookies” check box and click “Next.” Click the “Browse” button, browse to your “Cookies.txt” file and double-click it; then click the “Import” button and click “Finish.”

Step 8

Double-click each of the three .reg files. Click “Yes” for each .reg file to import the autocomplete information into your computer’s registry.

Step 9

Restart your new computer.