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Can I uninstall and reinstall office 2010 and it will not change anything with outlook?  I am having problems with all the programs but I don't want to screw up the way outlook is.  Will this go back to the way outlook is right now if I unistall and reinstall? Or do I have to find my old outlook file and point outlook to it?
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by:Xaelian
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Hi,

You won't loose e-mails, calendar info, ... .
But it's always a good idea to backup everything that if things go wrong you can restore it.

http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
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Is it OK if I just copy the outlook data file to a usb drive and then reinstall outlook and then copy from the usb drive back to the correct location?  Or if I uninstall outlook and reinstall will it see the old outlook file inside my documents/outlook files that is already there and go back to the way it was before the uninstall?
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Normally .pst are not affected. But like I said, the best is to backup it. A copy of your outlook .pst is also good.

But you need to take a note of the fact that all the custom settings will be gone. However when you've created rules for your e-mails they will remain there.

Hope this helps you.
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What are custom settings?  Also, this is how I backed up outlook.  I opened outlook and went to account settings and opened the data file on the account and then noted the location, closed outlook and copied it to a usb drive.  Is that good enough for a backup?
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Your signature, Out Of Office, ... .

If you want that to be safe, MS had a great article about everything that you can backup to be sure you've got everything.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q196492
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If I uninstall office 2010 and reinstall office 2007 will this mess up my pst file?  Do I need to relocate it for 2007 to work.  I'm referring to outlook.
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