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By wcbattey ·
I wish to transfer the 4 existing Outlook Express 6.0 e-mail accounts (i.e. identities, folders, messages)and Address Book on my current Dell Dimension system (running WIN 93SE) to Outlook Express 6.0 on my new Dell Dimension XPS system (running WINXP Pro).

I tried using PC Relocator to do a "wholesale" move of the Outlook accounts structure and data. The program loaded fine on both systems but the USB link failed.

I then tried copying the C:\windows\application data\Identities\ <Alphanumeric Identity>\microsoft\outlook express information onto 1.44MB floppies (my existing system does not have CD-R/RW drive) and manually placing them in the Identities folder for each User under WIN XP Pro.

Outlook Express on the XP system would not recognize the data.

I would appreciate it if anyone has done this before and can offer me guidance as to what steps to take to make the transfer work. I do have a 40GB external USB 2.0 Travan tape drive that I could hookup and copy large amounts of data from the old system, that I could then connect to the new system and download the data to the location(s) I need to.

This e-mail account transfer action is the only thing preventing me from cutting over to the new system. I have already established a conection on the new system and my Comcast High-Speed Internet service.

Thanks in advance ...

Bill

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by TheChas In reply to E-mail Accts Old to New C ...

For OE, you cannot just copy the .dbx files over to another PC. You need to 'import' the files on the new PC.

Move the files to a separate folder for each identity. Such as C:\Mail\User1

Open OE.

Click on File, Import
You will need to import the account settings and messages separately.
(If memory serves me well, you need to import each message folder separately.)

Point the Wizard to the folder where you stored that identities files.
Follow the prompts.

For the address book, Irecommend that you export each accounts address book from the old PC onto floppies and then import the address book on the XP machine.

Can you connect the 2 PCs together using a data transfer cable or a network cross-over cable?

If so, you canautomate this process using XP's file and setting transfer wizard.

Chas

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by pctech In reply to E-mail Accts Old to New C ...

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TheChas is good, TheChas is wise, but this time, I disagree with him. Yes, you can copy the dbx files and have them picked up with OE on another system or fresh load. I have done this many times when OE refused to import them. The problemyou were having is that you did not go quite far enough down into the directory structure to accomplish this. You need to go down to the "Outlook Express" directory, under each identity, and copy out it and everything under it. You can then copy this directory directly over the equivalent "Outlook Express" directory in the new profile for each user. This method has never failed me, even when OE would not import it.
TheChas is correct with exporting the emails out from the old system. The only change I would make is to make "user1" the actual user profile name. This makes it simpler to keep track of. This also gives you a user specific directory to copy the address book and export the account information to. Everything for that profile will be located under that user's profile. The wabs are usually already named according to the profile name, such as TheChas.wab. Next, export the account settings. You do this by opening each profile, one at a time, and go to "Tools\Accounts\Mail\Export" and export out each account setting to that user's folder that you have created - C:\Mail\%profilename%\.
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by pctech In reply to E-mail Accts Old to New C ...

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Save this to removable media that can be used by the new system - floppy to floppy, if need be. Now you are ready to bring this information into the new system. Set up a profile, as on the old system, and skip the wizards. You are only interested in setting up a profile, for now. Once this is done, open OE with the newly created profile and go to "File\Import\Address Book" and point to that profile's saved data and the address book is in place. Go to "File\Import\Messages" and import theprofile's messages from that profile's saved data. To import the account settings, go to "Tools\Accounts\Mail\Import" and point to that profile's saved data. Repeat for each account for this profile. Repeat this process for each profile, one at a time. If all went well, you are now set as before. . Why do this one profile at a time? This is for in case the messages would not import. You only have one identity to work with, and less likely to be confused, when you copy the saved Outlook Express directory directly over the newly created Outlook Express folder set up with the newly created profile. Make note of the name of the "Identity" directory you are working with so that you do not confuse it with the next profile created. Repeat this process until all the profile information is in place.

I hope this helps.

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by pctech In reply to E-mail Accts Old to New C ...

BTW, when you import the message folders, you can bring them all in at the same time.

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