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How to import OE folders?

by cocothompson / February 1, 2006 7:23 PM PST

How do I import all my folders and Address Book I saved on a CD-RW(was using Windows 98)to my new PC (Win XP - yipee!)? I have no idea what the file names for these are.
BTW thanks for being here for me all you CNET gurus!
Louise Thompson

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Import. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 1, 2006 8:38 PM PST

Open IE. Click Edit, Import. Point to the location of the files.

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One item to note.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 1, 2006 10:20 PM PST

IE/OE may not import from CDR/W. It may balk at the file being read-only. The workaround is to copy it to the hard disk, uncheck the read-only flag and import.


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Can't find the files or folders
by cocothompson / February 2, 2006 10:52 AM PST
In reply to: One item to note.

Can you help me find out which folders or files are 'Local Folders' and the Address Book? I did what you recommended (uncheck the read-only files), but I dont want to import all of the old Outlook Express because this system says it has a newer version of OE.
Thanks, Louise

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You've confused me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2006 11:32 AM PST

You wrote they were on your CDR/W.


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I'm sure I'm the confused one
by cocothompson / February 2, 2006 3:36 PM PST
In reply to: You've confused me.

Ron you are right. I have the OE folder on CD-RW, but because my new PC already has Outlook Express on it, all I want to do is copy, import, move or whatever to get my Address Book and additional folders I was working on within "Local Folders" from the E drive to this sytem's OE folder. Hope this clarifies this.

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To learn where OLEXP's files are...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2006 8:30 PM PST

Type OLEXP BACKUP into Remmember what I wrote earlier about the read-only flag on these files. You will be checking that after you copy them from the CDRW.


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Ron, ~, .wab, .dbx files import to OEXP mega problems!
by cocothompson / February 8, 2006 12:46 AM PST

I'm still not having any luck - perhaps this background info will help you understand the problems I'm having.
I backed up to CD-RW all my old PC data(Win98) and am having many problems transfering,importing,exporting, c&p'ing or whatever to OEXP on my new PC(WinXP).
First you should know that I always deleted the ` files that appeared on my desktop (I think I now know that was a BIG mistake!). Does this mean that I will not be able to retreive the Address Book that I was using that I backed up to the CD?
Somehow I now have 3 Address Book .wab files sitting on the C drive and the .dbx files are also there - some in a backup folder, some not.
I did manage to get one Address Book imported into OE, but it's an OLD version(2003).
When I tried to send the .dbx file to OEXP I get a 'create new message' window with the .dbx file as an attachment, so I sent it to myself, but I can't open it because it tells me it's an unknown file type and the error message reads: "this folder does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel".
I don't know where this is and anyway wouldn't know what association to create.
I really need your expert help and appreciate your being there for newbies like myself. (I did check your link and others, but still can't find help I need.
Thanks in advance,

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