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    Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    I am anticipating getting a new machine with WinXP and installing Office 2000 Pro on it. I'm wondering if it is possible, after Office is installed, to simply delete the "outlook.pst" file and transfer my current backup copy to replace it? Is this feasible? Sure would make life easier. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    If your *.pst file has already been used under Office 2K, there should be no problems whatsoever.

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    <hr>If your *.pst file has already been used under Office 2K, there should be no problems whatsoever. <hr>
    Could you expand on this just a bit? I'm not sure what you mean by "already been used"?

    Again, the situation is that I an anticipating installing for the first time MS Office 2000 SP1a on a new computer. After that intallation, I would like to take my backup copy of my current "outlook.pst" file, that is currently being used on the machine I am currently using, "Win 98SE w/MS Office 2000 SP1a" and simply copy over/replace the "outlook.pst" file on the new machine. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    That falls within the definition I meant by saying "already been used under Office 2K". FWIW, I had no problems migrating an Outlook 98 *.pst file to Outlook 2000 (nor heard of any) - or from switching between NT4, W98 & W2K. I will admit to having Corporate Workgroup mode throughout. (I needed the fax capability.) Switching to WinXP SHOULD be a "red herring" in all this. The only problems I seen so far are profile migration issues on switching from Office 2K to Office XP (something that I have not dealt with).

    If you're networking the two machines, you could try having them both point to the same *.pst file. Take a backup on the Win98 machine, then, once you've installed on the WinXP machine, move (or delete) the WinXP *.pst file. When Outlook complains, browse your way to the Win98 machine and the *.pst file there.

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    Thanks.... !! So, to iterate what you are saying, so I can again make this perfectly clear in my own mind, <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> After installing MS Office 2000 SP1a on the XP machine, I can simply transfer/overwrite the "outlook.pst" file with my backup copy, which has all my current data?

    Sorry if I'm being difficult. I just want to be 100% sure that I understand this before I go a ruin something. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    You are running Outlook under Office 2K SP1a on machine A (Win 98SE). You are going to install Outlook under Office 2K SP1a on machine B (Win XP). The Office suite is exactly the same. You are going to be swapping in a backup copy of your *.pst file from machine A for the default *.pst installed on machine B. I would be very surprised if swapping in the *.pst file could "ruin" anything.

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    After setting up the new Outlook you'll want to exit Outlook. Then copy over the old pst to the new PC. Back in outlook you may have to go into Tools | Services and either Add a personal folder service or change the properties to point to the location of your old pst.

    If you are on a network and want to access the same pst file from both systems, keep in mind only one system can access it at a time. The first one you open will get control; the second will get an error.

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    YES<img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    Thanks, OldDog! Even in my <img src=/S/sick.gif border=0 alt=sick width=15 height=15> state... I can comprehend that. <img src=/S/joy.gif border=0 alt=joy width=23 height=23>

    You wouldn't believe the convoluted and long answers I have been getting to this question... <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23>

    Thanks Again,

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    Hey OldDog!

    Sorry, but I can't follow what you are suggesting either. I guess I'm totally brain dead here or there's an alien clouding the messages coming into my grey matter.

    The question I asked I thought was quite simplistic and would have evoked a simple answer. Let me rephrase it just a wee bit to see it that helps all concerned here. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

    I would install MS Office 2000 from the CD onto the XP machine. After that was completed I would simply go to my C:WINDOWSApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook folder where the "outlook.pst" file is located in Windows Explorer and scroll down to my E:drive (my Zip Drive), find my backup copy of the "outlook.pst" file that came from my other machine and drag it over to the C:WINDOWSApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook folder which should theoretically simply overwrite the new, pristine, unopened, unused, "outlook.pst" file. So that when I DO open Outlook, it will look exactly like it does on my current machine from which the backup copy was made.???? I do this procedure, dozens of times per week with other types of files without even a hiccup... and thousands of other people do this too. But the question is, can it be done with the "outlook.pst" file??

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    <font color=blue>YES?</font color=blue> or <font color=red>NO?</font color=red></center>


    If the answer is No.... fine! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> That simply means I will have to use the "Import" utility that is built into Outlook I guess. I do NOT want to have to rename the "outlook.pst" file, have it reside in another location other than where is should be by default, please!! That usually just creates more problems in my experience.

    Okay guys/gals..... let's see if this makes any more sense, so that my severely cold-stricken brain can make sense out of your answer(s). <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/frustrated.gif>

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    So if you have no problems, post back and let us know. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    Will do..... but it might not be until this weekend before I'm able to try this out. The projected delivery of the new machine isn't scheduled until Thursday or Friday. And that depends on whether or not they can get my Motherboard etc. installed (availability and all too), but I'll certainly give you the results when I'm done. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Thanks for all your interest and help... nice to "belong" to a great bunch of people who are willing to help each other out!

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    I am about 72 hours ahead of you and found the following:

    The C:windowsapplication data folder does not show in WinXP,

    The IMO mode does not have tools|services on the menu.

    I would like to import / use my old .pst file, what do I do?

    thanks, Simon

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    Re: Transferring the outlook.pst file (2000 SP1a)

    In Win2K - on which WinXP - is based, the Application Data folder is "hidden" by default. Have you tried selecting the Folder Options in Control Panel and selecting the option to show hidden folders? If I do not select this option in Win2K, I cannot locate my *.pst file - even though it is not a "hidden" file (because the folder in which it is has becone hidden).

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