I just purchased a new laptop and I want to decommission my old one. I have a back-up of my wallet.dat file copied to my new PC. What do I need to do to restore it to my Bitcoin (Windows) client? Please note, this is a wallet.dat file that is about 6 months old and I haven't loaded it in at least four months. I'm not sure if that makes a difference or not, contingent on the original version of the client that created the file.
You need to put the old wallet.dat in your bitcoin data directory.
The default for Windows is:
Then run the bitcoin client with the
Alternatively you can run the bitcoin client with the
The default for Mac OS X is: