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How do we exactly Export Outlook 2010 AutoComplete Cache from a system that has Outlook 2010 to a new system with Outlook 2010?
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by:Seth Simmons
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In Microsoft Outlook 2010, the Auto-Complete List is no longer saved in a file with an extension of .nk2. The Auto-Complete List entries are now saved in your Microsoft Exchange Server mailbox or in the Outlook Data File (.pst) for your account.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/import-auto-complete-list-from-another-computer-HA102545688.aspx
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But do these steps have Move AutoComplete cache from Outlook 2010 to Outlook 2010?
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did you read the excerpt i pasted from the article - it is stored on the server, not the local machine thus nothing to move
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by:regsamp
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I did but are you sure we don't have to do this?

First you need to find the file. The location may be different depending on if you're using Windows XP or Windows 7/Vista:
Windows XP -  C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache
Windows 7 / Vista - C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache
The file will start with 'Stream_autocomplete' followed by a string of hex numbers

Copy the file to a safe location, e.g. a USB drive
On the new computer or user open the same folder location and paste in the file:
Windows XP -  C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache
Windows 7 / Vista - C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache
Open Outlook and check the the auto-complete has been successfully transferred.
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by:Seth Simmons
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read the text above those instructions...

However, if you want to copy the Auto-Complete List (.nk2) from another computer that was using a POP3 email account or an older version of Outlook, you must import the file.
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by:regsamp
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Yes, I see that. I guess I am just confused on why it is listed as being on the server and there are other instructions saying that the Stream_autocomplete needs to be copied. I guess I will just assume they are on the server like you pointed out in the literature.
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by:Seth Simmons
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it depends how outlook is configured

older versions prior to 2010 did have the nk2 file when used with exchange but is no longer there
if you used outlook at home with a POP account (verizon, comcast, etc.) then that file would be there
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This is a work computer with a server and it currently has Outlook 2010 and they are moving to a new work computer with Outlook 2010.
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