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I recently switched domains on my machine, and my extensive Blocked Senders list didn't come over with the rest of my user settings.  Does anyone know if there's a way to get at a blocked senders list without having exported it from a previous account?  Now that I'm in a new domain, I can't log in to my old account and export the list, but I'd like to get it into my new account if possible.

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Are you talking about a Blocked Senders list for an Exchange or POP3 mailbox?  If exchange, the list is associated with the mailbox and should be accessible from any machine that accesses that mailbox, it can even be used in OWA when there is not Outlook.

If you are talking about POP3, then what do you mean by you are unable to get into your old account after switching domains?  If you are talking about the Windows Account, just log in with the customer not connected to the old domain.  The credentials will have been cached and you can open windows and access anything on the computer.  This is why you can still log into a laptop using your network account even when you aren't connected to the network.  However, assuming you can't log on even offline for some reason, see the PST reference in the next paragraph.

If you are talking about not being able to log into your old outlook account, meaning that profile won't open any more, you might be able to open it in offline mode or make some changes to the profile so that it opens, but please provide more details about how this is configured and why it's not working.  But I believe with no Exchange involved, the list is actually stored in a PST file so that probably wouldn't be necessary, we just need to find the PST file.

So assuming this is not Exchange and you still have access to the harddrive, just search it for *.PST file and make a note of all the files and their locations.  Look at the last modified date, which should tell you which one you were using right before the change.  That is the one we would probably need.
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It is indeed a pop3 account.  The way the domain switch is set up precludes logging into the old account.  Since the domain switch happened, I can't log into the old account for reasons I don't really need to get into here -- suffice it to say that logging in as my old self is out of the question.  I have admin access, so anything on the HD is accessible, I just don't know where to look for the black list.

I copied over the main .pst file with all my old messages and so forth, but it didn't bring along the black list.  Is there another pst file somewhere besides the main 'Documents and Settings\%user%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outlook.pst' file that contains the it?  The only option for getting a blacklist into Outlook seems to be the import function, but since I never exported the original one, I don't know how I'd get my hands on something that would be an import-able file.
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I believe that the list is stored as a hidden message in the PST file.  Can you try creating a new profile with just the old PST file and your new POP3 account in it only?  Set the POP3 account (in more settings->advanced tab) to leave a copy of mail on the server.  Start Outlook in the new profile and check the blocked senders list to see if your data is there.  If you run into any problems reply back with what is going wrong and the version of Outlook and Windows that you are using.
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