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Outlook Express - transferring data/settings to new PC-advice please


AroundAgain

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Hi

I am about to swap a friend's PC for another PC which will have fresh install (hopefully) of Win XP

Can anyone advise me how to save/transfer the email messages so that they will be available on the new PC, please? I can save the email address book ok, can do screen dumps of the account settings, to help me set it up again but it's the messages themselves that I don't know how to save

Thanks for any advice

Cheers

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lotvic

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So that you can see them - Windows Explorer, Tools, Folder Options, View, enable 'Show Hidden Files and Folders'

Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\AroundAgain\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities{Long-string-of-letters-&numbers}\Microsoft\Outlook Express, and there they are.

Copy them or the Outlook Express Folder that contains them to a usb flash drive or an external Hard drive and rename the folder (or put it into another one) something like 'Old email to Import' (just a name so it will be easy to find when you "Import mail from an OE6 store directory" into the Outlook Express on new pc)

Follow the instructions on ClickHere Insideoe.com

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lotvic

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Obviously you have to create the new Identity account in the new OE before you can import the old email folders that will replace the empty ones in the new Identity account - but you knew that, it's me that's tired....

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AroundAgain

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Thanks Lotvic

Obviously you have to create the new Identity account in the new OE before you can import the old email folders that will replace the empty ones in the new Identity account - but you knew that ...

Thanks for pointing this out. I hadn't thought about it so might have come a cropper!!!

It will be next week before I get to the stage of needing this but I will get back with the outcome and, hopefully, to 'tick' as Solved

Thanks again

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sharpamat

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Try the easy transfer method, available as download http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-xp/help/setup/move-files-and-settings-to-new-computer

Saving all files and settings to an external drive.or use a cable

It will not transfer programs only files and settings which can then be tansfered to new PC that will save creating new accounts

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lotvic

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You'd have been okay with the default 'Main Identity' if you didn't want a different named account. It's impossible to Import unless you have an Outlook Express identity open as you need to click on File, Import, Messages, OE6, put dot in from oe6 store directory, click on ok, and browse to folder where you saved them.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Backup Outlook Express Mail, Address Book, Mail Rules, Blocked Senders List and other Settings

Export Your Outlook Express Address Book

  1. On the File menu, click Export, and then click Address Book.
  2. Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export.
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Locate the Mail Backup folder that you created.
  5. In the File Name box, type address book backup, and then click Save.
  6. Click Next.
  7. Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish.
  8. Click OK and then click Close.

Copy Mail Files to a Backup Folder

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express e-mail message files:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
  3. Select the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
  4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
  5. Click Start, and then click Run.
  6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
  7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
  8. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.
  9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
    1. Type mail backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
    2. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
    3. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
    4. Close the Mail Backup window.

Export the Mail Setting Account to a File

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express mail account:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. On the Mail tab, click the mail account that you want to export, and then click Export.
  3. In the Save In box, locate the Mail Backup folder on your desktop, and then click Save.
  4. Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to export.
  5. Click Close.

Export the Newsgroup Settings Account to a File

To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express news accounts:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. On the News tab, click the news account that you want to export, and then click Export.
  3. In the Save In box, use locate the Mail Backup folder on your desktop, and then click Save.
  4. Repeat these steps for each news account that you want to export.
  5. Click Close.

**How to Back Up Blocked Senders List and Other Mail Rules The Blocked Senders List**

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and click the following registry subkeys (save each key to a different file):

    HKEYCURRENTUSER\Identities{Identity Number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Block Senders

  4. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
  5. In the Save In box, change the location to your desktop.
  6. In the File Name box, type blocked senders.reg (for the Block Senders key), and then click Save.

Other Mail Rules

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
  3. Locate and click the following registry subkeys (save each key to a different file):

    HKEYCURRENTUSER\Identities{Identity Number}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Rules\Mail

  4. On the Registry menu, click Export Registry File.
  5. In the Save In box, change the location to your desktop.
  6. In the File Name box, type mail rules.reg (for the mail rules key), and then click Save.
  7. On the Registry menu, click Exit.

    Restore Outlook Express Mail, Address Book, Mail Rules, Blocked Senders List and other Settings

Import Messages from the Backup Folder

To import your Outlook Express e-mail messages from the Backup folder:

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
  2. In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.
  3. Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and then click OK.
  4. Click Browse, and then click on the Mail Backup folder in your backup location
  5. Click OK, and then click Next.
  6. Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.

Import the Address Book File

To import your Outlook Express address book:

  1. On the File menu, click Import, and then click Other Address Book.
  2. Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Import.
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Locate the Mail Backup folder in your backup location, click the address book backup.csv file, and then click Open.
  5. Click Next, and then click Finish.
  6. Click OK, and then click Close.

Import the Mail Account File

To import your Outlook Express mail account file:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. On the Mail tab, click Import.
  3. In the Look In box, locate the Mail Backup folder in your backup location.
  4. Click the mail account that you want to import, and then click Open.
  5. Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to import.
  6. Click Close.

Import the Newsgroup Account File

To import your Outlook Express news account file:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
  2. On the News tab, click Import.
  3. In the Look In box, locate the Mail Backup folder in your backup location.
  4. Click the news account that you want to import, and then click Open.
  5. Repeat these steps for each news account that you want to import.
  6. Click Close.
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