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Error withOutlook XP and moving a pst file

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Error withOutlook XP and moving a pst file

michael
I just bought a new laptop with windows vista. I installed office xp and transferred by pst file to that machine from a machine running windows xp home and office xp. I get an error now opening outlook xp. Other office apps open and outlook opened without an error prior to moving the pst file. I didn't save the original pst file and when I uninstall and reinstall office xp a new blank one is not created.

My preference is to get my pst file working. If not how to I create a blank one to use and just enter my settings
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KansasPcDoc
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Are you importing the pst from the old machine or just trying to open the datafile?
Try this...
Use the settings backup tool provided by Microsoft (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/287070) to take your personal settings to the new machine and let the new office create a blank pst and just use your old pst as an archive file.

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michael
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Thanks but I have a problem that at this point I can't get outlook to open to try your suggestion. I can't get office to create a new .pst file. It looks like it reads all the message and then just stops. If I remove my copied pst file from the drive it fails to open because it does not have a pst file

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kansaspcdoc
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Open Word go to help and choose Detect and Repair and it will fix Outlook then you can try previous post.

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home4ktt
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If you delete the existing Outlook profiles then Outlook will create a new PST file for you when you next launch it.
In Windows XP you would select the "Mail" applet from "Control Panel" and then [Show Profiles...] - I presume it's similar under Vista. You can then delete the old Outlook profiles. Launch Outlook and follow the wizard.
When Outlook settles, just Open the old PST file as an Archive, as suggested by another contributor.
HTH.

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Marty the Borg
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Microsoft supplies a tool to scan and fix .pst files. It's called Scanpst.exe
Mine is located at:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\System\Mapi\1033\
You may need to run it multiple times until it runs without reporting an error.

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agarillon
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ok. 1st - delete profile. go to control panel - mail - profiles, delete all profiles. Then navigate to the directory documents and settings/(your profile name)/local settings/application data/microsoft/ rename the outlook folder (or delete it..I prefer rename in case there's some other things you might want to recover).

Second - open outlook. see if it works. (create a new profile) then open old datafile (file open other outlook data file), if it doesn't work, close Outlook, look for scanpst.exe on your machine... run it and it will fix any errors. it will create a backup copy while running....don't lose faith...some steps take a long while with huge files.

Third - set data file as default
- control panel - mail - data files - add then -set as default mail location.

Hope that helps.

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winlak
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If you get to the File menu choose "import or export' not 'open". Follow the instructions to import a (.pst) file

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jc2it
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with winlak. Never reuse an old pst file. Always import it instead. This will give you the best optimization of the file. Scanpst.exe is a good option, but your best bet is to rename the old pst file and do a detect and repair. Then create a new profile, and import the old pst file.

In the future when you move to a new PC always remove unneeded mail from Inbox, Sent items, and empty your deleted items folder before you copy it to the new machine. Also, take the time to compress the pst file before you move it. For larger PST files this will save you a lot of time in the long run.

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dwgabel
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Michael, it's not necessary to open outlook to set your Outlook preferences, you can use the Control Panel -> Mail applet to configure your outlook settings. You can configure it to use your existing PST file or create a new PST file.

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zxr
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Hi,your file may be damaged!

You can try a popular Outlook recovery tool called Advanced Outlook Repair to repair your PST file. It is a powerful tool to recover messages, folders and other objects from corrupt or damaged Microsoft Outlook PST files.

Detailed information about Advanced Outlook Repair can be found at http://www.datanumen.com/aor/

And you can also download a free demo version at http://www.datanumen.com/aor/aor.exe

Alan