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thunderbird downloads mails from (a) server(s)

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in setup in account i expect to be able to tell thunderbird whether to leave the mail on a particular server or not i can't find the place to tick please help

in setup in account i expect to be able to tell thunderbird whether to leave the mail on a particular server or not i can't find the place to tick please help

Isisombululo esikhethiwe

If windows did a restore/update and removed Thunderbird program, then you should see a 'windows.old' folder on the desktop and it will contain your old profile. It will get auto deleted by Windows Os after about a month, so you need to access it and rescue data.

Locate that 'windows.old' folder. Look in it for this 'Thunderbird' folder: C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\ Copy the 'Thunderbird' folder

Make sure Thunderbird program is not running.

Access the 'Roaming' folder: C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Roaming folder on computer Delete the 'Thunderbird' folder that was newly auto created when you installed and ran Thunderbird. Paste the 'Thunderbird' folder you copied from 'windows.old' folder into the 'Roaming' folder. So you are replacing the default new Thunderbird folder with the original one. Start Thunderbird


Imap accounts are very different. Emails are stored on server and you synchronise folders to see what is on server. So in effect, imap folders are one and the same as server folder. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/imap-synchronization

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This option only exists for POP accounts. Is your account type POP or IMAP?

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what happens to mails on server if i set up thunderbird as imap? will all my old mails be there? reason for asking: windows installation changed pointer to local thunderbird data i can't find the path to the 'old' data which still are on the machine

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what happens to mails on server if i set up thunderbird as imap?

I don't follow. What exactly are you trying to achieve?

windows installation changed pointer to local thunderbird data

Windows does not touch any Thunderbird settings.

i can't find the path to the 'old' data which still are on the machine

You'd need to explain what 'old data' you're talking about.

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a windows restore has changed pathes to installed programs, ie thunderbird i need to find the correct path see -> https://photos.app.goo.gl/V6cSspYTjJH65dxC9

Okulungisiwe ngu ggamauf

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a windows restore has changed pathes to installed programs,

The Thunderbird program installation is completely separated from the profile.

i need to find the correct path

The 'Local directory' setting is something related to your Thunderbird profile. Windows Restore does not touch the Thunderbird profile. So I still have no idea what your problem is and what you're trying to achieve. Beyond that I don't understand how this is related to your OP about "leave the mail on a particular server".

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christ1, part2 of your question this has been solved in the meantime, but not to our advantage the server where thunderbird downloads mails from doesn't hold them any longer

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dieser beitrag spricht genau unser problem an nicht eben mit toller lösung aber bringt mich weiter

https://www.thunderbird-mail.de/forum/thread/76202-lokale-ordner-nach-zur%C3%BCcksetzen-von-windows-10-unauffindbar/

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Isisombululo Esikhethiwe

If windows did a restore/update and removed Thunderbird program, then you should see a 'windows.old' folder on the desktop and it will contain your old profile. It will get auto deleted by Windows Os after about a month, so you need to access it and rescue data.

Locate that 'windows.old' folder. Look in it for this 'Thunderbird' folder: C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\ Copy the 'Thunderbird' folder

Make sure Thunderbird program is not running.

Access the 'Roaming' folder: C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Roaming folder on computer Delete the 'Thunderbird' folder that was newly auto created when you installed and ran Thunderbird. Paste the 'Thunderbird' folder you copied from 'windows.old' folder into the 'Roaming' folder. So you are replacing the default new Thunderbird folder with the original one. Start Thunderbird


Imap accounts are very different. Emails are stored on server and you synchronise folders to see what is on server. So in effect, imap folders are one and the same as server folder. https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/imap-synchronization

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thank you, toad-hali i found windows.old all right albeit not on the desktop

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additional question (to toad-hall: should/could windows.old also contain my old addresses and downloaded files?

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re :C:\Users\<Windows user name>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird\

That 'Thunderbird' folder which you copied from 'windows.old' should contain all profile name folders,mail accounts, emails stored in mbox files, filters, address books etc. It has everything to do with Thunderbird that you should need. It obviously is not the Thunderbird program itself. You would need to download and install that again.


If you have any other folders and files in that 'windows.old' folder - not necessarilly to do with Thunderbird, then I suggest you get those folders copied and pasted into suitable folders.