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    Transferring Outlook to another PC

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    I am in the process of transferring data to a new PC which has newly installed Office 2003.

    Can I simply transfer the outlook.pst file to the correct location in the new PC, or do I have to do any sort of "take ownership" or whatever within Outlook ?

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    You will need to copy all of the PST files from the old computer to the new computer, in order to get all of the email.

    Also, if the old PC has Office 2007 (or newer) installed, and you try to open the PST files under Outlook 2003, they likely won't be compatible.

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    Sorry, I should have said that both the old and the new PC have Outlook 2003.

    You mentioned "all of the pst files" but I can only find one . . . ?

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    Export everything from the old to a USB Thumb drive or whatever, then import them from the new installation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinM View Post
    Sorry, I should have said that both the old and the new PC have Outlook 2003.

    You mentioned "all of the pst files" but I can only find one . . . ?
    You might have only one - usually "Outlook.pst".

    Copy the "Outlook.pst" from your old computer to the same folder on your new computer (assuming both are Vista or later). You might have to go to Control Panel\Folder Option\View and choose the "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" option before you can access the C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook" or C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook" folder to copy the Outlook.pst file.

    Once you have copied the Outlook.pst file to the new computer, Outlook should load it when you launch Outlook.
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    Do a search for .PST files on your old computer. Copy all that you find to the new computer. Then open Outlook, and choose File / Open / Outlook Data File, and open each of the PST files.

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    All done, thanks

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    Sorry, only just seen this thread: If you are using Oultlook to Archive your data from time to time, you would need to copy the "old" Outlook archive file across to the new PC as well; otherwise previously archived data would be lost.
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    Last year I went through the same exercise when I ditched my old XP computer and bought a new one with Windows 7. I just installed Office 2003 on the new computer, and then for Outlook I did the export and import as mentioned above, using a thumb drive. I keep all my .PST files in one place, which is not the default. I have a folder called "Outlook PST Files", and they are all in there. In addition to OUTLOOK.PST I also have ARCHIVE.PST and some HISTORY xxxx.PST files, and they all came across OK, including Address Book, Contacts, Folder preferences, everything.

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    The use of the import & export functions in Outlook is the cleanest way to go.
    I would also recommend moving the store folder off the main drive and onto another internal drive.
    This provides a bit more backup security for your email and frees up some space on the main drive.
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