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How do I transfer my Outlook info?

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Due to re-installing Win98, I've had to re-install Outlook. I would like to have my address book, directories, etc..... back.
Before I re-formatted the HDD, I backed up archive.pst, backup.pst and outlook.pst. I've copied them into C:\windows\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook but alas, my old familiar Outlook is still not back. What am I doing wrong?
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by:slink9
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Have you tried opening that Outlook.pst file?
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by:EricWestbo
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Have you imported the file or simply copied it to the folder?


Importing Personal Folder Data:

- On the File menu, Click Import And Export.

- Click "Import from another program or file", and then click Next.

- In File To Import, click Browse to locate the PST file you want to import and then click Next. If you know the path, type it in the box.

- In "Select the folder to import from", click the folder containing the data you want to import. If the folder contains subfolders, and you want to include this data in the import process, click to select Include Subfolders. If the destination for importing is the currently selected folder, click "Import items into the current folder"; otherwise, click Import items into the same folder in"; this will create matching items in the destination folder you select.

- Click Finish.


source: http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q184817&


hope this helps!
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cquinn earned 100 total points
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If you backed up by copying to CD, make sure you remove the readonly attribute from the files after copying them back
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by:EricWestbo
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any luck here, deadzone?
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by:jessnjeff
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You need to add the Personal archive service also.  Is this a dup question?
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by:Wakeup
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Just a FYI for all of you expecting a reply.  Not sure if this is related to Deadzone not replying so quickly or not:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/commspt/Q.20298478.html
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by:Netminder
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I have locked this question pending action regarding a duplicate account, which is a violation of the Membership Agreement.

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by:wharfrat
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My opologies. I recently re-formatted my HDD and re-installed Win98. I've been trying to get my apps back in order .I didn't realize that I had a duplicate account....many of my usernames for various websites are either wharfrat or deadzone. I believe I started a new account here when I was having trouble logging on with the first one. I meant no harm....please delete either of the accounts and LMK which one you wish me to keep.
I re-posted this question because there was no comment box on the webpage for me to respond to EricWestbo with.

Now...back to the question....
as per EricWestbo and cquinn, I have imported the files and removed the read only attribute.
Still no luck...what am I doing wrong?
Thanks
Danny

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by:Jgould
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Putting this question back open

Experts do any of you have some follow up comments for the user?

Or is it better to delete this question and start from scratch on this problem ... leaving a link open to this question?

wharfrat you last logged in 24.08.2002 > better from now on use your wharfrat account only except for this question after which the deadzone account will be closed

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by:wharfrat
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Please close the question. Issue has been resolved.
Thank you
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by:Jgould
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Hello wharfrat what was the solution?

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by:wharfrat
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this is an old question so the answer has changed.
Originally the question was for Win98 and I don't remember the solution but it may be the same as for my new XP box. First find the proper directory for th files. doing a search on *.pst showed me the right path. In XP it is in the Outlook folder. You must remember to go into the file properties and make sure that "read only" is NOT checked. This drove me crazy for days.
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by:slink9
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cquinn gave you that answer.  Why not accept it?
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by:Jgould
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to finalize this accepting answer from cquinn

Thank you
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