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How to migrate Palm Desktop from Windows XP to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8


Palm Desktop runs fine on Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 7.

Download Palm Desktop from here: Desktop 6.2 Installer

To migrate Palm Desktop version 6.2 to a new PC

On your new PC:

1. Install Palm Desktop version 6.2.

a. Download Palm Desktop 6.2
b. Run the installer. When asked to choose between Complete or Custom, it’s best to select Complete.
c. Once installation is finished, the Synchronization Setup will automatically launch.
d. It will ask you to Name your device. Enter a name.
e. If it asks you to choose between Microsoft Outlook or Palm Desktop, select Palm Desktop.
f. Exit the Installer and Palm Desktop.


On your old PC:

3. Locate your Palm Desktop data folder:

Windows XP location: C:\Documents and Settings\[Windows username]\My Documents\Palm OS Desktop
Windows Vista, 7, and 8 location: C:\Users\[Windows username]\Documents\Palm OS Desktop

4. Within this folder, locate these two items:

  • The users.dat file
  • A folder whose name is some variation of your Palm username (e.g. the folder might be named "SmithJ" for Palm user "James Smith").

5. Copy both items to a removable drive or a network location that's accessible to your new computer.

On your new PC:

6. Place the users.dat file and the folder you found in step 4 into the Palm Desktop data folder on your new computer:

C:\Users\[Windows username]\Documents\Palm OS Desktop

7. Open Palm Desktop. Check to see that your data shows Ok. Be sure to check Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes.

  • If your data is blank or missing, check the data paths carefully to ensure the old files are copied to your new PC.

To migrate Palm Desktop version 4 to a new PC

On your new computer:

  1. Install Palm Desktop on your new PC.

a. Download Palm Desktop 4.1.4 here
b. Run the installer. When asked to choose between Complete or Custom, it’s best to select Complete.
c. Once installation is finished, the Synchronization Setup will automatically launch.
d. It will ask you to Name your device. Enter a name.
e. If it asks you to choose between Microsoft Outlook or Palm Desktop, select Palm Desktop.
f. Exit the Installer and Palm Desktop.



On your old PC:

2. Open Palm Desktop and choose Tools -> Options. Note the "Data directory" shown here. This is your Palm data folder.

3. Open this folder using Windows Explorer and locate these two items:

  • The users.dat file
  • A folder whose name is some variation of your Palm username (e.g. the folder might be named "SmithJ" for Palm user "James Smith").

4. Copy the Users.Dat file and the Palm username folder to a removable drive or a network location that is accessible on your new PC.

On your new PC:

5. Locate your Palm Desktop program folder:

For Windows administrative users: Open Palm Desktop and choose Tools > Options. Your Palm data directory will be listed here.
For Windows non-administrative users: C:\Users\[Windows username]*\AppData\Local\Virtual Store\palmOne

6. Place the users.dat file and the folder you found in step 4 into this folder.

7. You should now have your Palm data accessible on your new PC.

  • If your data is blank or missing, check the data paths carefully to ensure the old files are copied to your new PC.