Moving my Outlook 2013 pst files from my Surface Pro 1 to my new Surface Pro 3

Posted on 2014-08-22
Last Modified: 2014-08-28
I've installed MS Office (with Outlook) 2013 on my new Surface 3 Pro. Before I run Outlook for the first time, I wanted to know if there's a simpler or more efficient way of copying my existing PST files from my Surface Pro 1. Is this something I should do before or after setting up MS Outlook 2013 for the first time on my new machine?

Both tablets are running Win 8.1 and Office 2013. The Outlook files are in my documents folder in a folder named Outlook Files. I use the same login account for both tablets so the physical path from c:\users to the documents folder is the same on both machines
Question by:ou81aswell
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    by:John Hurst
    You can map the Surface Pro to your Windows 8 machine, but some people have difficulties with networking.

    The easiest way is to copy the PST files to a USB key on the Windows 8 machine and then move the USB key to the Surface Pro and put them into the similar folder (Usually Documents\Outlook).
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    by:John Hurst
    By the way, if you have started the account in Outlook on the Surface pro, you can Import the PST files into the Outlook on the Surface Pro. That will blend the email with new email you got.

    Importing the file will also assure the file is free of errors.
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    You should copy the PST over to the new machine first. Then, when setting up your email account there, chose manual setup, and you'll see an option to either create a new PST file, or to use an existing one. Then just point it to the PST file that you transferred over, and you'll avoid having multiple PST files or wasing time importing data into the new PST.
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    by:John Hurst
    wasting time importing data into the new PST   <-- The step was suggested to ensure no errors.

    Author Closing Comment

    Being in a hurry, I did it the hard way and ran Outlook 2013 on the new machine and set up a new blank account. I then copied the outlook.pst over and recall having to fool around a bit to get things going. I had 4 other accounts with their own pst files. For these, I took your advice and created new accounts pointing to the pst's.

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