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Transfer e-mails from old PC to new

By williamoshea ·
Dear Colleagues,
I am changing the computer of my boss who uses outlook express e-mail client. He has created loads of sub folders in outlook express and he wants this folder structure and all e-mails transfered to the new computer. Is there an easy way of doing this. Which files holds all the e-mails on the old PC? Was thinking of copying such a file over to the new PC to overwrite the existing and probably empty one in the new PC.
Please help help help.,

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by w2ktechman In reply to Transfer e-mails from ol ...

If your running WinXP, then use the file and transfer wizard, it will setup outlook express to be the same. That is the easiest way

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by windmill In reply to Transfer e-mails from ol ...

Do a search for *.dbx files. These files contain the inbox, sent items etc.
Don't forget *.wab. This is the address book.
Copy these files to the new pc and import them in OE on the new pc.
File - import/export etc.
Should be a piece of cake.
Good Luck!!

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by rwill In reply to Transfer e-mails from ol ...

Find the location of the *.dbx files .Go on one of the folders. inbox, sent items etc. click with rightmouse en go to properties. You will see the location. Continue till you find the folder identeties keep on going and you will see the *.dbx files. just copy paste to the same location of the new installed pc.
succes !!

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by RDGO_Tech In reply to Transfer e-mails from ol ...

No.1: What Operating System(s) are we concerned with? Depending on the OS; you should be able to find the existing files (emails) within a select arena. As others have stated, they will be '*.dbx' files. You can either move the old hard drive over to the new PC and then copy from that drive while it is a secondary \drive; or you could copy to a network share, or you could burn the data to a cdr in order to move onto the new PC. Make sure to "show all files"...

Look under these areas, depending on the OS...

Win98: Would be under C:\Windows\App Data\Identities\34er5t78709(example)\Outlook Express (there may be a Microsoft folder before OE folder, it's been awhile since I used Win9

WinNT: look under-C:\WINNT\Profiles\%Username%\Application Data\Identities\{09A3C577-AFB9-4992-A600-38D752F2B402}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Win2K & XP- very similar to WinNT in the structure - BUT, you should look under Local Settings then APP Data, not just App Data, there is a difference.

The whole object is to have the complete folder with all of the email folders transferred - so just copy the subfolder you prefer. If it's just the OE folder, then copy it and identify it appropriately and then, when you open up the new PC and start to use the OE program there, simply click on FILE\Import&Export and run the wizard by allowing it to find where that folder is now.. to import the data from! Since it's the same program, it should be very 1-0-1 in completion.

Let us know how you fare!

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