Retrieve Outlook 2003 Account settings off crashed computer

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2012-06-22
Recently my laptop crashed.
Windows XP is not starting anymore, but all data is still there and plugging the hd into my desktop computer works. So, I retrieved my Outlook PST file and my other data. But I don't know how to retrieve all the mail account settings of Outlook from the salvaged harddisk.
How can I retrieve the settings (I have 4 accounts in there...), including the send/receive groups and then import it into the working Outlook on my desktop computer?

I tried looking through ntuser.dat by loading the hive in regedit, but it wasn't there. Where can I find the settings?

Thank you for the help!
Question by:MacCool
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    Look here:

    for where ulook stores all its settings and files



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    Thanks, The Link contains many useful infos, but unfortunately I can't find where it says how I can extract account settings from an outlook installation that is not the currently running computer...
    Any more help?

    Author Comment

    Ok, finally I figured it out myself.

    I loaded the User Registry Hive of the old offline windows installation into the reg editor, extracted the info from there, and reimported the whole thing into the current system.
    This was done like this:

    1. Regedit
    2. navigate to HKEY_USERS
    3. File > Load Hive...
    4. Locate ntuser.dat of old windows installation and load it. Give a useful name.
    5. Navigate to HKEY_USERS\<the name you gave in step 4>\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<name of the profile you used to have on old system>
    6. expand that branch
    7. Locate the key 9375CFF0413111d3B88A00104B2A6676 (it should be the only one that can be further expanded)

    Now I exported the mail account settings branch. It's the only one under the profile that can be expanded. I guess it should always be
    9375CFF0413111d3B88A00104B2A6676 and I think should be there if it is Outlook 2003, I'm not sure though. But it worked.

    8. Export that Key to a file.
    9. edit the file in notepad.
    10. replace all occurences of "HKEY_USERS\<the name you gave in step 4>\" with "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\" (both of course without quot marks).
    10a. (optional) replace all occurences of "Profiles\<name of the profile you used to have on old system>" with "Profiles\<the profile name you'd like to use now>" (again, no quot marks)
    11. save file and from windows explorer Merge it.

    Now the settings (without the passwords) should be in the Outlook profile manager.

    12. Open the properties of the E-Mail Link in the start menu OR go to Control Panel > Mail
    13. Click Show profiles

    Finally you'd have to check if all the Data files are correctly set and that the accounts point to the appropriate file. Wherever you want the mail delivered to.

    Hope this helps!

    @ Stuart:
    Thanks again for the link! It helped!

    @ Admins:
    As I found the answer myself, can someone please declare this post as the accepted answer?
    And maybe please give Stuart 20 points for assistance if that's possible.
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