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Outlook Express 5: Transferrring a Folder

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I want to transfer a few Outlook Express 5 folders from one CPU-A to CPU-B. I copied the desired folder file from CPU-A(ex. C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\DougMsg.dbx to the other computer CPU-B. Then rebooted CPU-B and loaded Outlook Express, but it won't show the new DougMsg folder. How do I tell it to reindex the folders or somehow tell it a new folder has been added?  In the old OE4, you could delete the *.nch index file, then refresh the folders and it would find all the folder, but that doesn't work with OE5.
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Question by:deming
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by:bbousquet
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Just use File/Import/Messages.

Then choose 'Outlook Express 5' (you could also import messages from other sources) and then 'Next'.

You may then select 'Import Mail from a store folder' and then browse to the folder in which you copied the DougMsg.dbx file.

You should be set.
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by:deming
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I get this error msg when I try to "Import" "IMPORT MESSAGES: No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open. Please select another folder or try closing applications that may have files open."  I've tried all three options in the OE5 Import Wizard and all give the same error.

It appears OE5 refuses to recognize the file because it's not a "store folder".

Here's a way I got it to work but am still looking for something more elegant and streamlined:
1. OE5-Tools-Options-Maintenance-Store Folder-Change-Select directory where I place the dbx file-OK-Yes
2. Shut down OE5, reload OE5
3. Then the new folder shows up.
4. Now repeat #1-2 to switch it back to your original store folder (ex.C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express)
5. This converts the file to a "Store Folder".
6. Now you can use the "OE5-Import-OE5-Import from OE5 Store-select the file" and it'll transfer it in.
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DaveHerlihy earned 50 total points
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Try it this way.
On CPU-B, open OE and create a folder "DougMsg", access the folder ONE time by clicking on it, exit OE. Go into Explorer and to the mail folder you stated above, delete the DougMsg.dbx you just created then copy the DougMsg.dbx file from CPU-A into that folder. Open up OE and see if your messages are there.
Hope this works for you.
Dave
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by:msledd
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This can be done provided the .dbx file is not corrupted. I have done this several times after realizing that OE's import feature is less than reliable even under the best conditions.

In OE, create a new folder as a sub-folder of "Local Folders" giving it a unique name (not the same as the .dbx file is currently named) like "imported". Then, you need to put *something* in that folder to "activate" it (so that OE will create a .dbx file for it), copy an email from any other folder and put it in the imported folder. Then close OE.

In Windows Explorer, go to C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Identities\{0EXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX}\Microsoft\Outlook Express and delete the new "imported.dbx" file that is there. Rename the .dbx file you copied from the first PC to imported.dbx and replace the deleted file with it.
Restart OE
The imported folder will now contain the transferred email.

Good luck :o)
~Ms
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by:deming
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Thank you everyone who contributed. I'm awarding Dave the points because he is the first one to present the solution. MSLEDD also contributed a working solution, but it was basically the same as DaveHerlihy, and since Dave's was first, I've awarded him the points. Thanks again, you guys are great!
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by:DaveHerlihy
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Thank-You very much deming
Dave
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