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    ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    How do I transfer <big> .avx, .dbx, .csv, .iaf </big> files from Outlook Express to Outlook XP???

    Per Micro$oft's site, I followed directions to save messages, address book, etc. from Outlook Express to a folder. I reformatted the computer from Win98SE to WinXPH. I configured Outlook XP as mail client and works great.

    I attempted to use the directions from M$ site to transfer files, but the import/export wizard failed every session.

    Help! Ideas, anyone??

    Thanx!

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    you need to get the dbx files in OE on the new system them export from OE to OL. See http://www.tomsterdam.com for help on getting the files into OE.

    The import/export wizard works with same file types - OE to OE or OL to OL, not OE to OL. Depending on the error it's giving you, you may have OE all ready to use and not need tomsterdam's instructions.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    The new system has OL XP. Are you saying to install OE on the new system? Then transfer the files to OE, then import form OE to OL XP?? This seems like a cumbersome routine. What about the other files, all of which are from OE?

    I am not getting any errors. I have already backed up the csv, iaf, dbx and avx files. Tomsterdam does not indicate how to get OE files into Oulook XP.

    Are you saying I cannot transfer the files from OE to OL??

    Please advise.
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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    OE uses a totally different file store than Outlook. The programs are similar in name and use only - and you can't tranfer from one to the other, except by import/export.

    OE is preinstalled on every windows machine and it is a required component for Outlook (they share a couple of dlls and news reading capabilities in outlook are provided by OE).

    Follow the steps on tomsterdam to get the dbx's recongized by OE on the new machine. Then export from OE to OL.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    My HD comes up empty too on a search for *.avx (what's this type, anyway?). I have XP Home and OE6 installed, and the OE Address Book is still *.wab. Also, I don't know what you need csv-type files for in OE, as far as I know they are Excel Comma Separated Value Files and are used by some ColorWizard.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    i have no idea what avx is, it's not a native OE file type - maybe it's the one used by the transfer settings wizard?

    csv's are needed for exporting/importing the address book, depending on where you are importing it too. it's an old and very common data file type and is used almost universally for transfer of address book records between many applications.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    <font color=red>MJ ~</font color=red>

    Tomsterdam's instructions at http://www.tomsterdam.com/insideOE/backup/bu_simple.htm, the 2nd half of number 3 are very unclear. It tells you where not to save dbx, but never says where to save them to.

    Also the site comes up empty on a search for avx files. OE6 address book is not wab, but avx. Not one mention of it on this site.

    If OE is on XP Home already, why on earth would one use Outlook XP???

    Please advise.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    <hr>If OE is on XP Home already, why on earth would one use Outlook XP??? <hr>
    Ummm, why are you asking me/us, when you are the one who asked about transfering from 'OE to Outlook XP' to begin with? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    If it's a case of referring to programs incorrectly, Outlook Express (OE), the simple mail and news client is included on all OSs and ships with IE (when you upgrade IE). There is no official Outlook XP, it's correct name is Outlook 2002 and it's shipped with Office XP (and is why it'soften called Outlook XP) and PDA's. This is the mail and PIM client needed for connectivity with Exchange server but also used by others for internet mail.

    The only thing i can think avx might be, if it's not from the tranfer wizard, is that it's related to Antivirus email scanning. I still have no idea what you do with them, but they are not native OE files.

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    <img src=/S/rose.gif border=0 alt=rose width=15 height=15><font face="Script MT Bold"><big><font color=red>Hi, MJ!</font color=red></big></font face=script>

    Why am I asking you?? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Well, per the previous posts, you indicated "OE is preinstalled on every windows machine and it is a required component for Outlook ". I am not simply switching to another e-mail client on the same system. I have a unit that had OE in WIN98SE: I backed it up, reformatted, and installed WinXPH. I configured OL as the e-mail client and wish to just put the saved addresses, folders, and e-mail messages into the client. I thought it would be simple!

    I understand the name of 'Outlook 2002'. I had that originally, but to avoid probelms, I edited my posts to 'Outlook XP' since I encountered confusion at other BBS with the same submission.

    I personally do not use MS e-mail clients due to the ease of their inherent exploitability. I was under the misguided notion that OL was an e-mail client that was the same as OE but with more bells and whistles, but that is incorrect, yes? (This is another family member's unit.)

    Now, I followed the directions from the MS OE site (which was the same as tomstersdams) in backing up all OE data to be transferred:

    avx is a folders file;
    csv is the address book back up;
    iaf is the mail account settings;
    and we know what the dbx files are.

    I did not use any wizards.

    So, <font color=red><font face="Script MT Bold">MJ</font face=script></font color=red>, my guess is that I would open OE in XP, insert the backed-up files, then transfer to OL via import/export wizard - is this what you would do??

    <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>Please advise...

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    Re: ?Transfer to Outlook XP? (XP Home 5.1/2600)

    Yes, move the files to the other machine, place them in the proper location and verify they open in express and then export to Outlook. I'm not familiar with the instructions at Microsoft, but tomsterdam's do work. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Other forums are obviously not as good as we are here, that's why they didn't know the proper name for Outlook 2002. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Yes, express and outlook are NOT from the same group of developers and OE is not a lite version of OL. OE comes from the internet division, OL from the office group. Someone thought it would be cute to name them the same. I hope the genius was fired doing something as stupid as that. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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