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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.
Mike
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Thank you.
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will_scarlet7 earned 500 total points
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In the folder view, select the folder with your contacts in it, right click on it and choose "Properties", Then on the "Outlook Address Book" tab make sure that "Show this folder as an email address book" is selected.
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A trick I just learned, for next time is to use "Microsoft Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard" in your old system to backup the setting, then in your new system copy the data files to the correct places and run the "Microsoft Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard" again to import the settings. This will set all your address books the way they were before as well as your accounts and prefferences.

God bless!
Sam
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by:megamike
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Thanks that rocked.  I am glad all it took was a right click here and there.... Thanks Will.

 I think next time I will take your advice though Sam. The wizard sounds really slick!

Have a great day
Mike
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Glad I could be a help! ThanX for the points!

Sam
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