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recalling from memory ?

w3bus3r

FPCH New Member
Joined
Jan 26, 2006
Messages
2
#1
can anybody help plz we need to be able to trace back from someone using msn on a this pc,i need to recall the past week of chat.
if there is antone who can help it would be of the greatest help
thanx
 

merciarich

FPCH Member
Joined
Jan 21, 2006
Messages
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Location
Ashford, Kent, UK
#2
Greetings, w3bus3r and welcome to Free PC Help.

I will show you some screenshots of how to do it:

1.
Locate a folder named "My Received Files" within My Documents:




2.
Within "My Recived Files", locate the folder that has the name of your email address:



3.
Within that folder click "History". You will then see Notepad files of all the saved chat logs. Past months will be placed in folders named after that respective month

4.
If you have problems finding the folder within My Documents, go to MSN, click "Tools" then click "Options". Next, hit the "Messages" tab. The filename showed in the "Save my conversations" box is where the notepad files can be located. By default, this will be your "My Received Files" folder within My Documents:

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If you need any more assistance, please do post back.

Regards,

merciarich
 

help4me

FPCH Long Term Member
Joined
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Messages
395
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USA
PC Experience
Some Experience
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Basic
#3
I see how that works for MSN, but is there a similar something for yahoo, especially yahoo IM? On one computer I have the IM's saved to that computer, but on another computer I didn't do that, so I was wondering if those messages would be saved elsewhere in a similar fashion to the MSN received documents as described in your post merciarich?
 
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Wolfeymole

#4
Have a look at this Bonnie

Sourced from Yahoo Answers

Sign in to your Yahoo! Messenger.
Click 'messenger' menu
Click 'preferences'
Click "Archives'
Click to check 'Yes, Save all of My Messages'
Click 'apply' and 'ok'
Now chat and at the end of your chat go to 'Message Archives' under the 'Contacts' menu and you can view your chat messages offline.
 

help4me

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#5
Right.... and I do that on my home computer. But in 2006 I was visiting my mom before she died, so I had gone to options and deselected that so as not to save my IM's on her computer and clog up her machine. I was just wondering if perchance there was another place those messages might have been stored that I didn't know about, as I would like to retrieve some of those messages if possible.
 
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Wolfeymole

#6
I don't know whether Yahoo is like Googletalk, ie all IM's are saved on the server rather than like MS Live Messenger which saves to a designated folder.

If Yahoo is like MS and you deleted the folder/chats then I doubt if they would be anywhere else love.
 

help4me

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#7
That's what I was afraid of. But perhaps the person I was talking with saved the conversation. I was just curious. Thanks Wolf :)