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Outlook data file is .dat file. Can I merge into new install of outlook 2003. The old version was Outlook XP

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I recently saved the outlook data file prior to scrubbing a laptop and doing a fresh install of Windows Xp and Office 2003.  Now that I have added this machine to the domain, I want to import all the emails from Office xp, the problem is, can I just copy over the data file to the new location and overwrite the outlook 2003 data file?  Will this work?  Or do I have to find another copy of outlook xp and open old data file, then export to .pst?  Thereafter I can import with outlook 2003.  I'm not sure what method to use.  If someone can shed some light I would appreciate it.  Thanks.

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