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I have a clients laptop that I have the HD out of.  Machine does not work.  I can access the HD via USB and read all data.  I need all of the email settings.  (Outlook)

How can I get them and are they in a file that I can drag over to the new PC HD.  I have the PST file.

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Hi Stardotstar,

Other than the pst file you probably want to bring over these:
Hi Stardotstar,

outcmd.dat - Registered Microsoft Exchange extensions (.dat)
Outlook.srs - Send/Receive settings (.srs)
Outlook.NK2 - Outlook contacts nicknames (.nk2)
Outlook.xml - Navigation Pane settings (.xml)

They are located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\"profile name"\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

That's about all you are going to get as far as Outlook settings.
cheers,
frankco
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OK do those get me the email acount settings or do I have to reset up?
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Hi Stardotstar,

The email accounts are stored in the registry. I don't believe there is a way to get them from the HD.

cheers,
frankco
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Greetings, Stardotstar !

Which version of Outlook? The Outlook account settings are in the registry.

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxx\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook

Since you do not have access to the registry anymore, you cannot get them. Sorry!

Best wishes!
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Sorry, Frankco! I should have refreshed.
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Thanks
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Problem:  I thought I had the >pst file but it shows as a "outlook data file".  What do I do?

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OK I figured how to open the data file, but now I have 2 sets of all folders?
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Outlook data file has the .PST file extension.  Try importing the data file.

If no joy, look for the PST file in the C:\Documents and Settings\<profile name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.  These are hidden files, so you need to unhide hidden files. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.
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>> but now I have 2 sets of all folders?

Are they duplicates?  If so, 1.  How to remove Outlook duplicates, including email, contacts, appointments, and tasks
If you have just a few duplicates, it may be easiest to manually remove them. For emails, this is no problem but for any other Outlook item it is easiest to view the items in a table view, then select the duplicates, then delete them.

To accomplish this, go to View...By Category (or "By" anything really). This gets the view into a mode you can work with. Click either names or subjects (or any shown field) in the column header (in the gray area) to gather similar items together. You can then delete all the duplicates you find.

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2. How to remove duplicate Outlook Today and Personal Folders

There are three things you can try:

1) Right click on the folder and select "Close".

2) Close Outlook, then right click Outlook Icon on the desktop. Select Properties, select Data Files. Remove the links to the backup .pst file.

3) Under the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings you will have a series of folders with long hexadecimal numbers. Two of the folder will point to your *.pst file. You will next to export one of them (Registry | Export registry) and then delete the exported hexadecimal folder. Start Outlook, if it is fubar. Close outlook and import the registry file you just exported. Export the other hexadecimal folder and delete it. Start Outlook again.

If this is too scary, you can do this.

1) Export the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings

2) Delete the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings

3) Go to the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\

4) On the right, delete the value named: (Default Profile) "Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings"

Now you can start Outlook. Outlook will start like it is in a first run condition and you will have to open your old *.pst file via a File | Open | Personal Folders. Select View | Folder List. Right click on Personal Folders (the one that doesn't have Outlook Today next to it) and select properties. Near the bottom is a checkbox to have mail delivered to this set of folders, check it. Restart Outlook and you're all set.

http://www.sperrysoftware.com/Outlook/Outlook-Duplicates.asp#QA
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OK here is what I have:

I have 3 files, Archive data file, Outlook Datafile and Extend dat file.  I have removed them and now I get this error on Outlook startup, it cannot find the pst file and it opens a serach box wanting you to point to the file.  If I add all of these files back under the user name, I get duplicate personal folders.

If I right click on them there is no option to close.

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If you only move Archive data file to somewhere else, do you still have duplicate folders?  Make sure to restart Outlook.

If no joy, follow the instructions for registry edit.
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Hi Stardotstar,

If you open Outlook and click File ~ Data File Management, you should see your archive and the other data files. Can you remove the one you do not want from there? Doing this will remove one of the personal folders.

Check the location of these data files to make sure that all are pointing to the following directory:
C:\Documents and Settings\"profile"\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\

Hi war1,
No problem. I enjoy your posts. You taught me a lot. Thanks.

cheers,
frankco
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Hi guys, sorry just got in from a long day.  Will update you soon.

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War1 (3posts up) yes both remain.

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Frankco,

I did that and removed the archive that it found in My documents, but still have 2 complete sets of personal folders.

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OK just discovered something, if I click on "Data File Management, it is pointing to a file in My docs"  not the correct one.  It will not let me delete because it says it is the default.

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Disregard my last post, it is seeing the correct one.


But I still have 2 sets of folders and I cannot (right click) Delete is not an option.

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Stardownloader,

If you have two sets of folders, and they are duplicate of each other, There are three things you can try:

1) Right click on the folder and select "Close".

2) Close Outlook, then right click Outlook Icon on the desktop. Select Properties, select Data Files. Remove the links to the backup .pst file.

3) Under the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings you will have a series of folders with long hexadecimal numbers. Two of the folder will point to your *.pst file. You will next to export one of them (Registry | Export registry) and then delete the exported hexadecimal folder. Start Outlook, if it is fubar. Close outlook and import the registry file you just exported. Export the other hexadecimal folder and delete it. Start Outlook again.

If this is too scary, you can do this.

1) Export the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings

2) Delete the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings

3) Go to the folder named HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\

4) On the right, delete the value named: (Default Profile) "Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings"

Now you can start Outlook. Outlook will start like it is in a first run condition and you will have to open your old *.pst file via a File | Open | Personal Folders. Select View | Folder List. Right click on Personal Folders (the one that doesn't have Outlook Today next to it) and select properties. Near the bottom is a checkbox to have mail delivered to this set of folders, check it. Restart Outlook and you're all set.

In addition, see this Microsoft Knowledge Base article "OL2000: Duplicates of Outlook Today and the Folder List Appear in Outlook"

http://www.sperrysoftware.com/Outlook/Outlook-Duplicates.asp#QB
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War1..

1. close is greyed out on both

2. no reference to a backup file, as a matter of fact strt in line is blank.

moving to #3 now.

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OK here's a problem, under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft this does not exist Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Microsoft Outlook Internet Settings
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and under local machine the line is there, but there are no profiles.

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No more thoughts guys?

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Stardotstar,

Usually the registry edit would fix the duplicate problem.

Create a new PST file.
http://www.outlook-tips.net/howto/profile.htm

Then drag all the emails and contacts addresses to the new PST file. Just do not drag over the duplicate folder.
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Points awarded for assistance towards original question.  Duplicates not resolved.

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