Recovering Outlook 2007 History

Ian Price
Ian Price used Ask the Experts™

Wonder if somebody can help me..

I've just replaced my Bosses computer and his complaining that his lost his outlook history - what I mean by this is if he types a email to - he would only have to type the first couple of letter for example an or ano and a list would appear.

Can I some how retreive this information from his old computer ?


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Software Quality Lead Engineer
Top Expert 2011
Hello ise438,

The names are kept in the (hidden) .NK2 file.

Close Outlook then search for the *.NK2.   Either:
    Copy it to the new pc

2003: C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook folder, (Tools | Folders Options | View | Show hidden files and folders)
2007: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook folder, (Organize | Folder and Search Options | View | Show hidden files and folders).

Check this MS site for 2003 details:



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