Can Outlook 2010 account settings be restored from a Window 7 default backup

Posted on 2012-03-11
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Can Outlook 2010 account settings be restored from a Window 7 default backup
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Window 7 default backup - really depends on what you consider default backup

If your reffering to the option of Let windows Chosse my settings whne backing up the System, your users profiles files and setting should be included in the Backup as this location includes the AppData Folder.

Below is a description of whats backed up in Windows 7 by allwoing windows to determine what to back up


If you let Windows choose what is backed up, the following items are included in your backup:

Data files that are saved in libraries, on the desktop, and in default Windows folders for all people with a user account on the computer.

Only local files in libraries are included in the backup. If you have files in a library that are saved on a drive located on a different computer on a network, on the Internet, on the same drive that you are saving the backup on, or on a drive that is not formatted using the NTFS file system, they aren't included in the backup.

Default Windows folders include AppData, Contacts, Desktop, Downloads, Favorites, Links, Saved Games, and Searches.

If the drive you are saving your backup on is formatted using the NTFS file system and has enough disk space, a system image of your programs, Windows, and all drivers and registry settings are also included in the backup. This image can be used to restore the contents of your computer if your hard drive or computer stops working.

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I have a Win 7 OS. The system was corrupt and I was forced to rebuild from the original Dell OS disks. Prior to reformatting and reinstalling I made a backup through “backup and restore” allowing windows to choose what to backup and included a system image. The full image is corrupt so a full restore is not an option. I have selectively restored all docs, music, contacts, favorites, etc. including OUTLOOK.PST.
I was hoping for a procedure to restore the outlook email account setting
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The full image is corrupt so a full restore is not an option

If the Image was also corrupt and cannot be restored you could your only chace would be to locate and copy over the users Outlook DAT files

Extend.dat – this file is located in C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Views.dat and Outcmd.dat – these files are located at C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Frmcache.dat – it’s at C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Forms

You can use the link below as a guideline on re-enstating outlook on the new computer/Drive


However, depending on the level of corruption you also need to consider the fact that the files used to recreate the users outlook profile may also be corrupt

Might just pay to take what you can get, and re-start from scracth

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Where dose Microsoft store the user name, password, email provider pop or smtp address, etc,
path to .pst if none default?
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apache09 earned 1500 total points
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Account information is held in the user’s Windows registry, not in a file, at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles

While you could export this key, its not generally recommended because it contains absolute paths to files (in your user account folders) and information about installed add-ins. If the path is not exact when you restore it the profile will be corrupt.

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