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My Rules Disappeared!

Posted on 2007-11-16
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MS Outlook 2000 crashed my computer several times this morning.  I don't know why - perhaps an email crashed it when Outlook tried to display it in the preview window.

Now that I have rebooted several times after several crashes, and I have noticed that ALL of my rules have disappeared!

Where were the rules stored? Maybe I have a backup of this file?
Or might it be possible to find them in some disconnected file/location on my computer?
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Question by:Lev Seltzer
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by:administradores
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The rules are stored in windows registry, search for a keyword in in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\
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I mean if you remember some text of the rule, search for in windows registry, going to start, run , regedit, CTRL+F
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by:Lev Seltzer
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I couldn't find [SPAM] in the registry.
I tried to do a system restore to earlier in the week, but it didn't work! I was able to restore to yesterday, but my rules are still missing.

Does that mean they are gone forever?

Is there a way to back them up automatically?
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Sorry, my first aswer was totally wrong (that's was for Outlook Express i think).

If you store them locally no in a exchange server.

Open your browser and type %USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook  then search for files with .rwz extension, if they are not there search for them in your PC.
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by:Lev Seltzer
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At this point it is too late. I recreated the rules.
I did a search for RWZ, and found the current rules file, but that was obviously created by me just now.

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Hi WEBuilder

If you want to backup them automatically, you can add a line to the registry so each time the computer starts make a bacth file or whatever to create a backup of that file somewhere.

If you need such script or advice don't hesitate to ask, and sorry for my mistake, but i'm sure the rules were not there or Outlook would load them.
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