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    New account created a new pst?

    I uninstalled Office 2003, and installed Office 2010. Clean install, not an upgrade.

    Outlook found and used the old .pst file, which I thought was odd that it could find that pst since the pst was in a non default location, on another drive. It also showed the two email accounts that were being used in the old installation. I deleted one of those accounts and added a new account. I was surprised to see that it created a new pst file for the new account. Is there a way to create a new account and tell it to use the existing default pst file?

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    Although you aimed for a clean install, some information from your earlier setup must have remained in the Registry.

    Is the new account an IMAP account? Each IMAP account will always have its own PST since it must mirror the server.

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    With a pop account you can choose whether to use an existing pst file or a new one, when specifying the account info manually. Even after creation, you can change the pst file associated with an account.

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    No, it is a POP account.

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    Yes I have actually changed the account to deliver mail to the old pst. I want to learn how to avoid this in the future. Do I do something differently when I do the setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    Yes I have actually changed the account to deliver mail to the old pst. I want to learn how to avoid this in the future. Do I do something differently when I do the setup?

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    When you create a new account, choose the option to manually configure server settings, in the 2nd screen that shows up:

    manconf.JPG

    Two screens later, choose the option to use an existing file and browse to it:

    2ndscreen.JPG

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    OK thanks a lot.

    BTW does the pst file include the configuration info for the email accounts that are installed? I thought it did not, but my clean install had my email accounts already set up. jsher, is this related to what you referred to above about leftover registry information?

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    You're welcome .

    The pst file does not include account info. I think the account info is kept in the registry.

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    I guess there was some data that was not deleted in the uninstall then.

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    Most likely, yes. I have no experience uninstalling previous office versions. I usually just upgrade over the existing one.
    With Office 2010 beta, however, I had to uninstall and the accounts were there when the new, release version was installed, so it seems clear some stuff is left behind, which was even a good surprise with the 2010 beta.

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    One thing that was obviously left behind was the pst file on the other drive. Outlook either knew where to look or rediscovered it of its own accord.

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    HOW TO FIND ALL .PST FILES

    Download "Everything" from
    http://www.voidtools.com/download.php
    either the .exe or the .zip version.

    Install it. Open it. Let it find all files, maybe 30 seconds max, first time.

    In the search box, enter
    outlook*.pst

    This will find all .pst files, using the Master File Table.

    Right click on a file name, your second choice will be to open path (i.e. open folder).

    Happy Searching.
    Last edited by lesle; 2011-09-25 at 18:16. Reason: Incomplete Entry (my bad)

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    Readers might be forewarned (or reminded) that there are very large numbers of pst files associated with CorelDraw, and users who have that installed may be snowed if they use too general a search with any file searh utility. One handy trick is to sort on date, which will make it easy to separate the CorelDraw files.

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