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How to Migrate Settings and Files from Vista to XP

I am trying to migrate a user from Vista to XP.  I am hoping to use a migration tool to copy over their outlook settings and files.  I am not too concerned about windows settings.
Old PC:
Vista Ultimate 64 bit
Office 2007

New PC:
XP 64 bit
Office 2007

I have tried the Easy Transfer Wizard, Files and Settings Wizard, and the User State Migration Tool ("USMT" 3.01) but none of them appear to support Vista to XP.  

1. Is there a way to accomplish my task using one of the tools I have mentioned and using specific configuration?  I tried the TargetXP command line switch on the USMT but it told me that Vista to XP is not supported.

2. If not, and no other tool comes to mind, how can I migrate the Outlook 2007 running on Vista to the Outlook 2007 running on XP?  I can always copy the files over manually if necessary.
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Top Expert 2008

Hello izmike,

You can copy the PST file and other file from Vista to XP.  In Windows XP, PST file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\<user>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder.  

In Windows Vista, PST file is located in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook folder.  Other files are located in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook folder. Copy the files from Vista to Windows XP equivalent locations.

It is a hidden file, so you have to unhide hidden files. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

Hope this helps!


This will copy the email folders and messages right?
I want to copy the account settings too though.
Top Expert 2008

Account settings are stored in registry.  There is no way to move that from Vista to XP.  Easiest way is to recreate the account settings.

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