Outlook 2003: Restore rules from backed up registry / files

Posted on 2005-02-24
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Last Modified: 2010-04-08
Earlier in the week, XP decided it might be fun to fail on me and unfortunately I couldn't fix it.  I ghosted the hard drive and did a full re-install and now I'm trying to get outlook 2003 running properly again.

I've managed to re-import the mail and the accounts (From the registry) but I can't find where the rules are stored.  They should be in the registry somewhere, but even when I add a new rule into my new outlook setup I can't find what changes in the registry.  I've seen rwz files mentioned on the web, but I don't have any of those on my system.

Any idea how to get at the rules again?  I had so many of them that I really don't think I can replace them by hand. :(
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ID: 13395534
Starting with Outlook 2003, all rules are now part of the .pst file. They are no longer located in the registry.

How did you reimport the mail from the registry?  All local mail is stored in a .pst file kept in the local profile.

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ID: 13395774
I loaded the default setup, imported from the original pst file and then overwrote the new account registry settings with the old ones.

Obviously I've missed something if the rules didn't come in with the pst files.
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meintsi earned 2000 total points
ID: 13396950
You will need to replace the new .pst file with the old one and then export the rules if you still need to have imported into the new .pst file.

Question. Instead of importing into the new default setup, why not simply replace the new.pst with the original. (Make sure the read-only tick box is unchecked)

Author Comment

ID: 13397467
Feeling pretty stupid now. Thought that just replacing the pst file would be a bad idea on a new install!

That worked great though, thanks... now I have to get back to work... ;)

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