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I want to reload Outlook 2007 from the original disk. My PC is stand alone and not part of a network. If I reload the software, will I lose any current data/info, and if so, how do I prevent that? If I need to know anything about PST files, for ex, please  provide the path to find the file.

Gear instructions toward someone who has never reloaded software before. Thanks.
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When you reinstall Office you do not lose your settings.

I have uninstalled and reinstalled various versions of Office a multitude of times and have never lost my settings in Outlook, Word or Excel.

Your PST files, etc. in Outlook are all associated to your Outlook profile, which will still be there after you reinstall Outlook/Office.

The reinstall process itself is pretty straight forward. As long as you have your original disk and CD key you simply uninstall the software through Control Panel > Programs and Features, restart your computer, then install from the disk.
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It's recommended you make a backup of your PST file anyway to external media (such as an external USB drive) in case something happens to your computer while you reinstall the software.

To do this:
- Close out of Outlook as it holds a lock on the PST file, preventing you from being able to make a copy of it
- Open the Control Panel
- Double click on Mail
- Click on the Data Files... button
Mail---Control-Panel.png- Highlight the PST file you want to back up (if you have more than one) then click on the Open Folder... button
Open-PST-Folder.png- Copy the PST to your external hard drive

Now you have a copy of your PST file should something go wrong during the reinstall process.
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As far as making a copy of the PST file:

1. The only option given for Mail was : 32-bit. I have a 64-bit machine, so for this type of file is 32 correct?
2. I have several entries for Mail: 32-bit Outlook data files. I highlighted what I believe is the right one. Is there any reason to save the non-highlighted one?
3. When I opened the folder, the screen print shows the results. Should I save (backup) only the Outlook.pst file that is 1,152,721 KB?

Thanks for your help.
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1. The only option given for Mail was : 32-bit. I have a 64-bit machine, so for this type of file is 32 correct?
Mail (32-bit) only appears in the Control Panel when you have the 32-bit version of Microsoft Office/Outlook installed, it doesn't relate to the actual PST files. You can open PST files in both the 32 and 64-bit versions of Outlook so no need to concern yourself here.
2. I have several entries for Mail: 32-bit Outlook data files. I highlighted what I believe is the right one. Is there any reason to save the non-highlighted one?
I would save all the other PST files anyway. Better safe than sorry I say!
3. When I opened the folder, the screen print shows the results. Should I save (backup) only the Outlook.pst file that is 1,152,721 KB?
Again, I'd save all the PST files here. You never know, perhaps an email goes missing from your main data file and a backup of it can be found in this file. The amount of disk space it takes up is minimal in this day and age so it doesn't hurt. If you're 110% sure that your main PST file contains all your emails then go ahead but I don't see the harm in keeping it.
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In my control panel, There is nothing listed showing just MS Outlook. There is one for "2007 Microsoft Office System" and one for "Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup." Am I missing something?
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2007 Microsoft Office System is what you want to uninstall if you're doing a reload. Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup is actually a free add-in from Microsoft which backs up your PST files for you automatically. This all depends on whether it's been configured properly or not though. See this article if you'd like more information on this add-in: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/238782
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