Move Outllok 2003 to a new PC

Posted on 2005-04-08
Last Modified: 2010-04-08
I am setting up a new PC for myself and I need to move Outlook 2003 from my old Win2k pc to the new WinXP pro PC. I know how I can copy the .pst files but I have several email accounts and rules, is there a way to transfer all the account settings so that I don't have to set them all up again?

I am not using Exchange.
Question by:comtekso
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    Expert Comment

    To export your rules:
    Go to Tools>Rules & Alerts.  Click Options. Click Export Rules.  Move the new exported file to your new PC and use the same process to import them.

    As far as exporting your account settings... I do not know of a way.  You will probably end up setting those up again.
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    Expert Comment

    there is a german programm which can backup all your settings including the account
    on you can get it!
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    Expert Comment

    You normally use the Office 2003 "Save My Settings Wizard" per this article:

    Description and use of the Save My Settings Wizard (826809);EN-US;826809

    Author Comment

    OK, before I got it finished, my old HD crashed. I do have a tape backup of the HD. Other than the pst files is there anything I can restore and use? I have already gotten the pst file.
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    Assisted Solution

    Not really.  

    I'd recommend searching for *.PST file, as there may be older ones or archive files that you want to keep.  

    You can also search for *.wab and *.pab which would conceivably contain contact info, but not if you store your contact info in the Contacts folder, as the Contacts folder contents is stored in the PST file.
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    Accepted Solution

    here you get the most important files
    *.pab (personal addressbook)
    *.fav (Shortcuts on Outlookboard)
    *.wab (Windows addressbook)
    *.rtf (Rich-Text Signatures) (but not all rtf files are signatures)
    *.htm (HTML Signatures); *.txt (Text Signatures)
    *.rwz (Ruleassisten (our constructed rules)
    *.nk2 (Nicknames, Mail Adresses)
    *.msnpst (MSN Connector files)
    *.srs ( transfer employment)
    *.oft (templates)
    *.dic (dictonary)
    *.oab (offline adressbook)
    JunkSenders.txt and AdultSenders.txt
    extend.dat (installed Addins)
    [default location drive :\Documents and Settings\ user \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook]
    frmcache.dat (individual forms)
    [default location drive :\Documents and Settings\ user \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\FORMS]
    View.dat (Userdefine file folder views)
    VbaProject.otm (Macros and VBA Programs)
    Outlprnt (Printproperties)
    outcmd.dat (Symbolboards und Menueboard)
    [default location drive :\Documents and Settings\ user \Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook]
    HKEY_Current_Uswer\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles


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