I have reinstalled windows on my computer to a new hard drive. I still have the previous drive in the box so I have access to all my old files. I installed Office 2k3 and then, smiling, proceeded to track down and copy the outlook data folders and paste them into the new install.
Saved the original files in a zip and dropped outlook.pst, archive.pst and extend.dat in the folder.
C:\Documents and Settings\*****\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Still smiling, launch outlook and all is there. Just like before the install. Till I try to use the adress book or use auto complete for a email address.
The address list could not be displayed. The Contacts list associated with this list could not be opened. It may have been moved or deleted, or you do not have permission. For information on how to move or delete this file from the outlook.... see help.
I have used the export command other times to export them and just bring them back, but this seem so much slicker since I still had the hard drive from the previous install
After rooting around a bit I have found that after I get past the error message that the address book gives me above, I can click the drop down box on the right of it and I have two contacts folder. The top one (default) is empty, the second one is the one that has all my info in it.
Thanks for your time.