Getting your old ICQ number and contact list back.

OK, since this seems to be one of the more popular questions to ask these days, here goes.

Let's say your computer crashed, or your hard drive died, or some mean person just plain deleted your ICQ files. Now you want your ICQ back; not just any ICQ though, you want your old number back, 'cause you're on a lot of people's lists.

Got a pen handy?

  1. Download ICQ (ONLY from a link on the ICQ website).
  2. Install ICQ.
  3. When the registration wizard comes up, just follow the instructions.
  4. When it prompts for your information, enter your old ICQ number and password.
  5. It will find your old account and you can be off and running.
(If anybody out there has done this recently and I've got it wrong, let me know. 'Cause I'm working from memory here and I might have forgotten something).

Okay, now that you have your old ICQ number back, you want your old contact list back right? Well, there's some bad news. Unless you made a backup copy of your old list, you're going to have to start from scratch. If you did make a backup, it's pretty simple:

How do you make a backup of my contact list so this won't happen to you again? It's not hard.

  1. Find a floppy disk, zip disk, superdisk or any other storage medium that won't be affected if your hard drive decides it doesn't want to play any more.
  2. Open Windows Explorer.
  3. Browse through until you find the "ICQ" folder. (It's probably in the "Program Files" folder)
  4. In the ICQ folder there will be a "DB" folder (or "NewDB" for you ICQ99a users)
  5. Copy this folder to the aforementioned storage medium. (If the folder is too big to fit on a floppy disk, run ICQ and delete all the entries in the history section of your address book. Received Messages, Sent Messages, Chat's, etc.)
  6. Keep this in a safe place. Don't forget where that safe place is.
That's all there is to it. Now you'll be prepared for next time.

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