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where is the configure file that contains the email accounts?

Posted on 2006-07-17
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my win2k computer is messed up somehow, so that I can no longer log into the original user account. I managed to log in using an alternative user account. I like to just start using this second account like it is the same as the first. I can transfer a lot of files over, including the old .pst email data. however, I don't see where there is a file that contains the outlook email account info. is that a way to get that transferred without doing an export? since I can no longer log into the old account to perform the export.
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by:war1
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Greetings, bhomass !

The Outlook emails are kept in a PST file. PST file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.  So you need to copy the PST file to the new user folder.

Best wishes!
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by:David Lee
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Greetings, bhomass.

The account information itself isn't in a file, it's a series of registry keys.

Cheers!
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by:war1
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As reminded by BlueDevilFan, and reread you request.  The email accounts are located in the registry.  Open your registry editor and navigate to the following key:

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1343024091-507921405-725345543-1003\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook

Export the entire Outlook key to a file. You've now backed up your email accounts. To restore the backup to another computer, simply import the backup into the new computer's registry. You may need to delete the Outlook key off the new computer first.
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by:bhomass
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I checked the registry keys you mentioned. they are cryptic, so I can not tell exactly what they are.

however, one question certainly comes to mind. since each user has his own set of email accounts. when exporting the said registry keys, are ALL users' email account exported?

furthermore, I am moving from one user account to another on the SAME computer. so there is no sense of exporting. the problem is how can I move/modify the registry keys, so that the email account of the old user gets moved to the new user?
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wow, that was a long copy. many of the old profile did move over, but the email accounts did not. don't know if it is something I did, or that's what should happen. I need to give up at this point.

I think hiteshqupta1 had the best answer, so I will give the points to him/her.
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by:bhomass
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after I did the above profile copy, Outlook no longer works properly. when composing a new email, and click the "To" button, it gives a message that
The contact folder associated with this address list could not be opened.

anyone knows how to fix that?
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by:hiteshgupta1
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hi bhomass,
Thanks for the points
For Address Book problem
examine the File As... fields in the Contact Record of these Contacts.That's what appears at the top of each entry in Address Card view.
also have a look at following link
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;287563&Product=ol2002
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