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Transfer to New Computer Outlook Express

by ozman / February 16, 2004 12:18 AM PST

Am moving from ME to XP on a new computer, after much pain and suffering, I am finally down to moving the OE mail info. How do I get my address book and messages across??? I have been unable to direct link and have been moving files on removable media.

Both computers have:
network board
can be connected serial to serial

Still mainly my question is how to move the files at all, OE seems pretty vauge on switching to a new computer.


Dennis "Oz" McCall

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Re:Transfer to New Computer Outlook Express
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 16, 2004 12:47 AM PST
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Re:Transfer to New Computer Outlook Express
by waters / February 16, 2004 2:14 AM PST


To save names from your Microsoft Address Book, search for and copy the file with the ".wab" extension. This file will load directly through the "Import" function of your new Microsoft Address Book.


To save the Inbox, Outbox and other folders from your existing Outlook Express email program:
Search for and copy "dbx" files.

Note: These files will likely be located under "C:\.................\Application Data/Identities/{then a long string of alpha/numeric figures}\Microsoft\Outlook Express". Although they will show up during your search, they may be may be hidden from view when you try to access them through "My Computer". To unhide them go to Tools (at the top of the screen), Folder Options and click on "Show hidden files and folders".

To make them work properly, create a folder of the same name by highlighting "Local Folders" then going to "File, Folder, New" in your new Outlook Express.
Once again go to "C:\.................\Application Data/Identities/{then a long string of alpha/numeric figures}\Microsoft\Outlook Express" in your new program.
Rename each ".dbx" file extension to "bak"
Copy the "dbx" file that you retrieved from your old program into the new program's directory.
Once you have tested to see if everything works, delete the files with the ".bak" extension.


To save Internet Explorer bookmarks, go to File, Import and Exports to start the wizard program. Select "export favorites" to a file. The resulting HTML file can then be directly imported by using this same process (select "import favourites) in your new browser.

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