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Where is the registry are Outlook 2003 PST files detailed?

Posted on 2009-07-09
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Hi there,
Stupid question but I have trawled around the XP registry to see where PST files are detailed and I can't find them.
I am doing a migration and want to be able to extract details on all PST files mapped to users Outlook profiles via the logon script.
I am looking for the location in the registry for where the profile details PST files but cant find it anywhere. When I add a PST and search the registry I can't find it detailed anywhere. Is it because the details are showing in binary?

I know the profile info can be found here:  HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\{user id}

Any help would be appreciated!

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Hey,

The path to the PST file is indeed stored in binary in the registry - but it's quite a complicated procedure to decode to actually retrieve the path.

All the information is stored in the registry in the Email 'Profiles' path which you defined in your original question (HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<profile name>).

Once you browse to that location, you need to actually determine which subkey contains the PST file path. Open the 9207f3e0... subkey and then take note of the binary content of the '01023d00' entry. In my test profile I just created, the value is 97 da 76 79 e4... This data is the subkey you now need to look for in the list of subkeys beneath the profile name.

So, I now look for the subkey called 97da7679e4... and open it. Within that subkey is a binary entry called 001f6700. If you open that value, the registry editor will decode it and you will see the path to the PST file present.

As for programmatically retrieving this, I have never interfaced with the registry to retrieve binary data, so unfortunately cannot help you there. However, I hope this information has put you on a good stead to go about doing what you want to achieve.

-Matt
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Hey Matt,

Thanks for confirming my question! I guess this is a security feature. Not sure if I will be able to do what I wanted to do but at least I know the limitations now.

Thanks for your help.

James

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