Compatibility Outlook 2013 and 2010

Job is to transition a Win 7 PC to a new Windows 8 PC. First I install Classic SHell which changes the Win 8.1 interface to a Win 7 interface. All this is background for my question.

Can I then install Outlook 2013 creating an empty Outlook.pst file, kill Outlook and switch in the Outlook 2010 Outlook.pst file and restart Outlook 2013 and all the previous emails, email addresses, etc etc show up. i,e Are the Outlook 2013 and 2010 pst files compatible.

Also what is the default location for Outlook.pst under Windows 7 (or Windows 8) I believe is it is a subfolder of the Documents folder. Please provide full path to it.

Regards,
  Mike
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEConnect With a Mentor DeveloperCommented:
Mike,
The location posted by Santasi24 is correct, although the file is probably <outlook.pst>, not <inbox.pst>, but the folder he posted is right...the one I posted is wrong...it is for Outlook 2007. Sorry for the mistake...I looked at my Outlook 2007 install rather than my Outlook 2013 one. But I did the same thing you're considering...installed Outlook 2013, deleted the PST file that it created, then copied over my Outlook 2007 PST into the Outlook 2013 install. It worked fine, and it will work with your Outlook 2010 PST, too. Thanks to Santasi24 for the correction! Regards, Joe
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Mike,

> Can I then install Outlook 2013 creating an empty Outlook.pst file, kill Outlook and switch in the Outlook 2010 Outlook.pst file and restart Outlook 2013 and all the previous emails, email addresses, etc etc show up. i,e Are the Outlook 2013 and 2010 pst files compatible.

Yes.

> Also what is the default location for Outlook.pst under Windows 7 (or Windows 8) I believe is it is a subfolder of the Documents folder. Please provide full path to it.

c:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\

Regards, Joe
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Michael-BestCommented:
The pst-file format is still the same as it was and compatible with Outlook 2003 and later.
The default location for Outlook.pst under Windows 7:
See AppData by enabling viewing of hidden files and folders in Control Panel > Folder Options > View
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Sikhumbuzo NtsadaConnect With a Mentor Senior IT TechnicianCommented:
C:\Users\<username>\Documents\Outlook Files\inbox.pst

This will be the default folder.
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Michael MachieConnect With a Mentor Full-time technical multi-taskerCommented:
To add to this, any newly created Archives within Outlook 2010/2013 will be created in the default folder of '\My Documents\Outlook Files' rather than in the hidden structure in previous versions.
Microsoft did this because too many people could not find the PST file when migrating machines.
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GillesTConnect With a Mentor Commented:
PST files created in Outlook 2010 (and older version of Outlook) are compatibles with Outlook 2013.
There is two formats for pst files : ANSI and Unicode. Unicode is the default format since Outlook 2007. The great difference in Outlook 2013 is that you can open ANSI pst files, but you cannot any more create new ANSI pst files. You can only create Unicode pst files (that allows to have pst files greater than 2 GB)
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Mike,
As I've been tweaking my Office 2013 environment, I noticed that Picture Manager wasn't included in the installation. This was a bummer for me, as I like the product and it is the standard viewer I use to look at photos. I don't know if your upgrade from Outlook 2010 to 2013 included the rest of the Office modules, but if it did, and if you would like to have Picture Manager back, you may want to look at How to Install Microsoft Office Picture Manager in Office 2013, an article I wrote recently and published here at EE. Regards, Joe
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