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I backed up Hotmail dbx folder from MSN7 now unable to restore them..

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This is my first post:  My boss needed XP so i backed up his entire HDD to our server, he was running ME previously.  He has a Hotmail folder (156MB!) The old path to these file on the ME installater were :

C:\Windows\Application Data\MSN6   (this is where i found the files-156MB)

the contents are these files: au.ini
                                         msndata.dat
                                         User Data folder- inside a subfolder with a long string of characters ( ex.{1A3244A0-0EC6-01C1-0100-0000B7AA6AFA}) and in here are the files i cannot restore:

dbx, xml, dat and a HOTMAIL FOLDER containing the 156MB, containing the DBX and configuration files.
I read the INI file in this folder says this:

[CXXProgramXFilesXMSNXMSNCoreFiles]
GUID={4FA4C760-0D23-01C1-0100-00001780073C}
SetupVersion=7.02.0011.2700
MsgrVersion=3,6,0,26

Problem is: After a clean reinstall to XP Pro and MSN 9 > i cannot import these files in any shape form or fashion. I've tried straight copying it to that old location w/no luck.

please help!

-ruben



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In Windows XP it looks in a little different location for the MSN Messenger file
Try placing the core files here
C:\Documents & Settings\All Users\Application Data\MSN6
and the backup archived files go here
C:\Documents & Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\MSN\
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What are the "core files" ? Which are the "archived files"?
Where should i expect the emails to pop up? The MSN inbox? or seperate location?
Thanks for carin..
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The core program files are what you backed up under this file in Windows ME:
C:\Windows\Application Data\MSN6

and you place those here
C:\Documents & Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\MSN6\


Archived files are the personal settings and mail cache for each user.

If you find the files: favorites.xml
   
favthumb.dbx
   
favcache.xml
 
these are your favorites list in MSN.

they are located - C:\WINDOWS\Application
Data\MSN6\UserData\{F18828C0-4ACD-01C4-0100-0000F907654A}

I am not positive copying will work. However, if your boss needs his Hotmail email, it is saved on the server not his harddrive. He should just log in to his Hotmail on the Internet. If he was using Outlook to open his Hotmail then check out this link:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=300593 

Hope this helps :)
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