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Export SMS/MMS threads from stock WP7.8 system for import to Android phone

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By jeff parker, Junior Member on 3rd January 2019, 01:20 AM
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Hi All, I know this is a big ask, but is there anyone out there who could help me please to extract/export/whatever all of the SMSs and MMSs from my now quite old stock standard HTC HD7 phone that has Windows Phone 7.8 running on it? The about screen says it is/has:

Model: HTC HD7 T9292
OS version: 7.10.8862.144
Firmware revision number: 2250.21.51201.728
Hardware revision number: 0002
… (details of radio, not included)
Bootloader version: 5.12.2250.0(135240)
Chip SOC version:

I've only in the past week (finally) converted from a Windows Phone (Lumia 950) to a Galaxy Note 9, and was able to transfer all of the SMS/MMS from it, which I've been able to keep since moving to WP8. These are all the messages since I had to move from the HD7, i.e. the HD7 has all previous SMS/MMS messages. I'd really like these migrated too as there are many messages in there that have significant sentimental value to me.

If it will help, I'm prepared to pay for this assistance.

The app I used to transfer the messages from the Lumia 950 to the Note 9 is,. which did a fantastic job.

For my desktop PC, I have a HP WS that is running the latest version of Windows 10 Pro. From research done so far, I've managed to install Zune and the HD7 connects ok with it.

But after that it gets a bit too complicated for me to do on my own. I tried installing the Windows Phone 7 SDK, but it complained that some .NET 4 components were incompatible and asked me to uninstall them, which I didn't want to do in case that stuffed up other things I'm running on the PC.

If anyone is willing to take this on as a project, I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks in advance.
16th January 2019, 02:38 PM |#2  
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wow, it was all a long time ago (6+ years) and the brain cells are not what they used to be
I cant seem find the thread where I mentioned that I did this yet (the xda user history doesnt go back that far)
I have some old files but also trying to remember what I did lol.
Basically, I had an sms backup program that would output to a formatted file which I manipulated using UltraEdit until it was the same format as the "sms backup & restore" (on the playstore) program I use on Android.
I had some plans to automate it but gave up on windows 7 and it just became a novelty to dual boot it on my old HD2.
Do you have an app that can backup your sms's to some kind of formatted file?
EDIT: how about this?
more likely this?

haha, just found it
and the next few posts.
22nd January 2019, 06:43 AM |#3  
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As long as you can get some formatted text version of your messages fomr WP7, you will be able to re-format it to suit backup and restore (eventually )
I think there was also some problem in the way time was recorded and had to convert from unix epoch time (just to make it more interesting)
Try to check that the contact names are in the file otherwise you will have to a search/replace of the phone numbers.
I would offer to have a go with your file but I understand that there may be a lot of personal data that you really dont want to be sending out.
good luck
11th June 2019, 12:53 PM |#4  
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I home you don't actually hope I remember something!!

well, actually...

Digging in my old files, I found a bunch of xml with all SMSs.
Looking for the xml name on google, I remebered!

this application was the one I used to export it from the phone, then I created a small app to convert it in some db format.
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