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Outlook Express Migration

By mcginlej ·
I have a new used PC with Windows 2000 & Outlook Express 6. I need to migrate my Outlook Express 6 from my current PC (Will Retire)running Windows 98. I have access to my current PC C: drive in my home network. I forgot the steps and files needed to perform this migration.

Get someone help?

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by TheChas In reply to Outlook Express Migration

For Outlook Express, your mail files are located in the Windows folder:

C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\{a string}\Outlook Express.

I don't have ready access to a W98 box at the moment, so I might have missed the sequence or a user name folder.

There will be 1 .dbx file for each mail folder plus 1 additional file.

Copy the files to an easy to get to folder on the new PC, and use the File / Import / Messages wizard to import your existing messages.
(Or grant access to the folder and import them across your network.)

Same for account settings and your address book.

The address book file is in C:\Windows\Address Book with the extension wab.

I find that sometimes I need to manually export my address book in OE in order to be able to import it into OE on another system.

In Windows 2000 and XP, the default storage folder is:
C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Identities\{A string}\Microsoft\Outlook Express


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by bluenose5709 In reply to Outlook Express Migration

I agree with the above post with respect to the .DBX files, however there is no requirement to impost the files ont he new PC, if you paste the files into the same folder ont he new PC then Outlook Express will automatically pick them up and all the information within them, as for the address book, yes you will have to go through the export and import procedure.

If you can locate the files then just do a searchj on the C for *.dbx and you will be shown the path to your files.


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