If Sticky Notes lost or missing after upgrading Windows 10 to newer edition, then this article will show you how to recover them.

Sticky Notes app comes as built-in app in Windows 10. You can use it to create notes instantly. The app allows you to add text, link, pictures, etc. to your notes so that you don’t need to remember things. You can also make your important notes sticky to Desktop.

There is a common issue that user may face with Sticky Notes. After performing Windows edition upgrade, or after installing some updates, you may find that your notes are missing. If you rely majorly on Sticky Notes app for remembering things, this issue could create trouble situation for you. But no need to worry, because if your notes are lost after upgrade, in this article, we’ll show you how to get them back.

FIX Sticky Notes Lost After Windows Upgrade

FIX: Sticky Notes Lost After Windows Upgrade

To recover lost notes after Windows upgrade, please try these steps:

Make sure you’ve enabled Hidden items in File Explorer before proceeding with below steps. Also ensure that Sticky Notes app is closed and not running even in background.

1. Go to C:\Windows.old to open Windows.old folder and navigate to Users > {USER ACCOUNT-NAME} > AppData > Local > Packages > Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe > LocalState.

2. Under LocalState folder, you’ll see xxxxx.storage.session and plum.sqlite files. Here xxxxx may be some arbitrary value. Copy and cut these files.

3. Now press W8K + R, type %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState and press Enter key.

4. In the LocalState folder, paste the copied xxxxx.storage.session and plum.sqlite files from step 2.

FIX Sticky Notes Lost After Windows Upgrade

5. Finally, open Sticky Notes app and your missing or lost notes should be back now.

Re-register Sticky Notes App in Windows 10

If issue still persists, open administrative Windows PowerShell and paste/type following and press Enter key:

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftStickyNotes | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

We hope after trying above mentioned solutions, you should be able to get back your notes.

Drop us a comment, if you still can’t recover your notes!


  • Although the folder listed in step 1 exists, it is empty – no files after big forced update at the end of August 2019 :-(

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Windows.old folder usually have files when you perform upgrade to newer version. It may not capture files with security updates.

  • Did it all, but no joy .
    Damn windows forcing me to update

  • Sometimes the localstate folder appears as empty… sometimes not!

  • Localstae folder was folder . I’ve lost 2 years worth of notes .

  • Hi there Kapil, my directory:


    is empty, what do I do now?
    Oh dear, all of my essential information has disappeared.
    This is very disappointing, that a such simple program can have this error and
    if Microsoft has known about this update error for so long why has it been fixed?



  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Michael, which update you installed recently? If it was version upgrade, I am afraid if there is any other solution besides the one I’ve mentioned here.

  • Hi Kapil,

    I have same issue after update win 10, v 1903. My windows.old for LocalState is empty, how I should to recovery my notes?

    one by one my notes are gone after I shout down or restart my laptop.
    Please tell us the solution.

  • I have same issue after update win 10, v 1903. My windows.old for LocalState is empty, how I should to recovery my notes?

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ If Windows.old or LocalState folder is completely empty, I am not aware of any alternative solution atm. Perhaps, I’ll do some research and post back here, if I got any solution.

  • having just upgraded windows 7 to Windows 10 for a number of legacy machines the entire package folder is not there.

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