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Old 09-18-06, 12:08 PM
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How to I transfer old emails from one computer to another?

I don't want to just forward them as it will show them as all from me rather than how it is suppose to show them. Anyway to save them to disc and put them in manually? I would be happy with that.
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What email client do you use?
Old 09-18-06, 12:19 PM
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For Outlook:
If they're all in your inbox search for outlook.pst. Close outlook and copy that file to your new computer.
If you have multiple personal folders, find all of the *.pst files and copy them.
In Win Xp they should be in:
C:\Documents and Settings\numb-nuts\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Where "numb-nuts" = username.
If it's just outlook.pst copy it to the same folder on your new machine. If you have more *.pst files, after you copy them, you'll have to open Outlook and point to them.
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Thanks. I show all the way down from documents and settings to microsoft, but then don't see "outlook" as a folder in there.

Did a search for all .pst files, but it didn't find any. I am just using regular old outlook express.

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What email provider do you use? Unless you've created your own backups or archive's along the way, i'd imagine they would all be saved on the email server's side.
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Outlook express:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670/

Copy Mail Files to a Backup Folder
To make a backup copy of your Outlook Express e-mail message files: 1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
2. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
3. Select the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.
4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.
5. Click Start, and then click Run.
6. In the Open box, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
7. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
8. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.
9. Right-click any empty space on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
10. Type mail backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.
11. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
12. On the Edit menu, click Paste.
13. Close the Mail Backup window.

Copy folder to new machine

Import Messages from the Backup Folder
To import your Outlook Express e-mail messages from the Backup folder: 1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.
2. In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.
3. Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and then click OK.
4. Click Browse, and then click on the Mail Backup folder on your desktop.
5. Click OK, and then click Next.
6. Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.
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I'm a little bit hazy on this as the last time I used Outlook Express was ages ago, but I only Microsoft Outlook that comes with MS Office have .pst file extensions. Outlook Express use .dbx file extensions.

Ah found it. Check out 68ShelbyGT500KR's reply on this thread: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=430862

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to:
C:\Documents and Settings\*your user name*\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{very long number here}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

You will see alot of .dbx files
Select from the File Menu:Edit>Select All>Copy


On your new machine, open Outlook Express. Fill in the blanks for your server, etc....Once completed, go to:
Tools>options>Maintenance>Store Folder>Highlight the entire path (right click>Select All)>Copy
Close Outlook Express

Go to Start>Run>right click Paste>click OK
(this will open Windows Explorer to your new machines Outlook Express Store folder)
Overwrite all files, if necessary
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Drats. IDrinkMolson beat me to it.
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Originally Posted by IDrinkMolson
In Win Xp they should be in:
C:\Documents and Settings\numb-nuts\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

Where "numb-nuts" = username.
Wow, how did you know his username?
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The dogs tells him. They know everything. That's why dave hates them so.
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You can also use in XP, the file and transfer wizard. Works pretty well if you want all of your settings:

Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard
The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard helps you move your data files and personal settings from your old computer to your new one, without having to go through much of the same configuration you did with your old computer. For example, you can take your personal display properties, folder and taskbar options, and Internet browser and e-mail settings from your old computer and place them on the new one. The wizard will also move specific files or entire folders, such as My Documents, My Pictures, and Favorites. Passwords are not moved with program settings when you use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. This is a feature of the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard that helps to keep your passwords confidential.

We recommend that you install a virus detection program on the new computer before transferring files over from the old computer. This can help protect your new computer from viruses that may be contained in the files transferred over from your old computer.

Open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

Notes

To open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

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