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Converting from Microsoft Outlook 2000 to Microsoft Outlook Express Wizard

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We are currently in the process of converting from using Microsoft Outlook 2000 to now using Outlook Express.

If you have used Microsoft Outlook 2000 on a PC and have never used Outlook Express, the first time you open Outlook Express it will notify you that it sees your Outlook information (Contacts, E-mail, settings) and it wants to import them.  

However if you have already opened Outlook Express, this dialog box does not appear.  
Is there any way to force this little "wizard" to happen manually?  This 1 simple wizard could save us hours of work.

Thanks for your help in advance.
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ptuttle1319,

Close Outlook. Make Outlook Express the default email client. Go to Tools > Options > General tab.  At the bottom by  This application is not the default mail handler, click "Make Default".  Close OE. Next time OE opens, it should prompt you to import the emails and contacts from Outlook.
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war1, it does not.  

I can make it the default mail application, however after closing it and reopening it, it does not ask if I would like to import Outlook's settings.  I've rebooted after making it the default mail client, to no avail.

There must be some registry entry I can change that will think it's the first time being opened, right?
Or maybe the wizard that pops up at the first opening is a .exe file I could manually launch?

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by:willcomp
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Should be able to import messages and addresses using Import under File menu.  Not quite as convenient.

As an aside --> Have you considered using Mozilla Thunderbird in lieu of OE?
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by:ptuttle1319
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willcomp,
the option is there, and currently that's how we are doing it.

However the 5 minutes it saves, across the 2,000 PC's we are changing will be HUGE.

There HAS to be some type of registry change that will allow Outlook Express to think it's being opened for the first time.  I just can't find it.

And we did consider thunderbird, but there are various reasons we went with Outlook Express.......  
These PC's are still running Windows 2000, so when we finally are able to convert them to XP or Vista, we will very likely change to something else.

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I found the location to allow this to happen.

- Open Regedit

- go to: HKEY_CURRENT USER/Identities/ *insert big long number string here*/Software/Microsoft/Outlook Express/5.0

- Change “Migration Done” option to 0

 

There should only be 1 big long string of numbers under the Identies “folder.”  If there are more than 1 listings under Identity, open Outlook Express,
- go to Tools->Options->Maintenance
- Click on the Store button.
- The the long number string folder, listed after "C:\Documents and Settings\dtaylor\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\" is the name of the registry folder you need to open.

 
Now when you open outlook express it will run through the migration Wizard.  It won’t automatically run the E-mail settings wizard until you send yourself a test E-mail.  Then it automatically runs that wizard as well.
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Congratulations!  Sweet smell of success.
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ptuttle1319,

Glad you are able to find a way to start the Outlook Express wizard each time.  Don't forget to turn it off after importing the emails, or you will get the prompt each time you start OE.
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Agree.
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Ok to refund.
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