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How can I skip the Wizard?

by Doug / June 21, 2005 5:11 PM PDT

Under 98SE and ME in OE6 when I clicked on File, I was given a choise of Inport or Export. Now in XP I must choose Import and Export and when I do the Wizard comes up and it doesn't give me the options I need. I want to try to Import my old mail files and address book from ME. I have those files saved on another hard drive but OE under XP doesn't offer an option thru the Wizard for doing that. Is there a work around? I am so close I can taste it but have I run into one of those dead ends of you can't get to there from here?

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Why don't you put the old mail
by glb613 / June 21, 2005 7:49 PM PDT

and address book on a portable drive or CD and import it?

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Why don't you put the old mail?
by Doug / June 22, 2005 1:05 AM PDT

The old mail is in a backup file on my slave hard drive just waiting for me to import it to my master hard drive. Actually it is my mail, my addressbook and all my old accounts in a backup file created by information from a Microsoft KB instruction sheet. But when I get to the part where it says to click on Import, XP doesn't offer that option. It goes to the Wizard giving me only two
options neither of which is mail. I think it is because those options are offered by the Wizard when you first load OE. Once OE is up an running, it thinks you have already loaded your old mail. That is why I need to manually import not using the Wizard. Otherwise it looks like I will need to delete OE and start over which means I would have to dump my current mail.

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Are you sure?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 22, 2005 3:00 AM PDT

Are you sure you cannot get to the slave drive?

I don't use OE, but I have it on my computer and when I opened it, and went to File > Import, I could import either my address book or mail from anywhere on my computer.

For the address book, I got the ''Open file'' dialogue window, and where it says ''Look in:'', I clicked the down arrow, and could navigate to anywhere on the PC, any drive, any network place, etc.

Similarly with mail, in the Browse section I could navigate anywhere.

If your "My Computer" sees your slave drive and allows you to access the contents, you should be able to do the same.

The only thing I couldn't do was import account settings as OE reported there were none to import, so I don't know about that problem.


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Backup file?
by glb613 / June 22, 2005 7:47 AM PDT

What did you do to save you address book and mail? Did you use the export feature? You may have saved it in the wrong format and that is why it won't work.

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