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Recovering outlook account settings on external drive

Posted on 2014-03-01
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A client's laptop computer system (xp) crashed and won't boot anymore

I'm rebuilding the laptop and I'd like to recover the user's Outlook account settings from the files that we tranfered over to an external drive before launching with the reinstallation.

Can anyone guide me on how this can be done ?

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yann
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by:Eirman
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Outlook settings are store in the registry.
This describes how to recover them in your situation ...
http://blog.eddsn.com/2011/02/restore-outlook-account-settings-from-second-drive/

It's not quite as complicated as it looks at first glance.
The fact the author has described every step in detail, increases the size of the article.
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by:Yann Shukor
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Thanks Eirman, I had in fact come across that page but hadn't realized how relevant it was.

I attempted the procedure and was able to recover the original Outlook 2003 profiles that were on the XP system

I didn't mention that the original license attached to this computer is Windows Vista Business, so that is what I reinstalled

I can't however seem to insert the profile info into Vista, it doesn't seem to use the same "windows messaging subsystem" location

any ideas ?

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yann
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by:nobus
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what exactly did you transfer to the drive?
if it was the pst file, you can just import it
here a discussion on moving your files between PC's  - it may have useful info (file location etc) for you :  http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2009/04/how-to-move-your-outlook-files-from-one-pc-to-another/
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Thanks for your response Nobus

I recovered the profile entries that were present in the Windows Messaging Subsystem subkey of the original XP OS as indicated in the link

Recovered subkey:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\<profile name>l\9375CFF0413111d3B88A00104B2A6676]

Then I reinstalled Office 2003, after of course having installed Windows Vista

I then executed the 'recovered' registry file which recreated a Windows Messaging Subsystem subkey with its original contents, but Outlook apparently doesn't look there for its account details.

So my question really is where does Outlook 2003 store its account details under Windows Vista ?

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yann
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by:nobus
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it is not clear, if that link also restores the autofill file, and signatures
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