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    Home Networking Between Computers

    I have connected my new Win XP laptop to my Win 98 laptop by Ethernet card in the older laptop and a cable. My purpose was to more quickly transfer Outlook data files to the new computer. ( I have already transferred most of the ones I need by putting selected files on a CD-R.) All went well with the networking until I tried to open an Outlook 98 file on the new computer. This is probably a silly question, but is this just plain impossible to do when the Office programs are not of the same vintage? When I tried to open Outlook 98 on the Win 98 laptop in the Win XP laptop, I got a message saying that the file OMINT.DLL was either missing or damaged and to please install Microsoft Outlook again. Of course, I could open Outlook 98 on the Win 98 laptop, but that wouldn't help with the file transfer. I suspect the solution might be to install Outlook 2002 on the Win 98 laptop. Will appreciate any advice.

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    Re: Home Networking Between Computers

    Yes, if I understand this correctly, what you're trying to do will cause problems. While the OL98 files are on the old machine, you're trying to execute them on your XP machine, which has different versions of the Outlook DLLs and other necessary files. Outlook doesn't know that you're doing it this way, so it will go looking for DLLs on XP and get the wrong version for the copy of Outlook you're running.

    I have this same kind of setup with my wife's desktop (Win98) and my laptop (WinXP). I use a free program called Virtual Network Computing to access the Win98 desktop from my laptop. The advantage of this is that the work is actually done on the desktop. You can also do this with NetMeeting with Remote Desktop Sharing. You could perform an export on the Win98 machine (from your laptop), and then copy the exported file to the WinXP and do the import into Outlook from there.

    Does that help?

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    Re: Home Networking Between Computers

    You are trying to use Outlook just by moving it's file folders? MS programs need to be installed by running the installation program, not by just moving the folders. The solution is to install outlook on the WinXP system - any version will do. Then open the version on your machine, don't use the shortcut on the other machine.

    The only file you need from the older machine is the pst.. however, don't plan on opening the pst with two different versions of Outlook, especially if one version is Ol2002. Rules and other things will be messed up.

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    Re: Home Networking Between Computers

    No, OL 2002 is already installed on the XP machine. I'm just trying to import individual file folders from OL 98 on the old 98 machine. I have already imported most of the folders I need from the old OL to the new OL, using a CD-R. I was looking for a quicker way to do the rest of them. I'll try Charlie Munroe's suggestions and see if one of them will work.

    Sarah

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    Re: Home Networking Between Computers

    import? why? it's the worst way to move most files and messes up dates.

    copy the pst to your new hard drive and use file | open. (make sure it's no set to read only, a common problem when using cdrw). if you don't have new mail in the pst on the new machine, close outlook, delete the new pst and use the old one. if you have a little mail you need to keep, rename instead of delete the new pst.

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    Re: Home Networking Between Computers

    Oops! "Import" was the wrong word to use. Actually, I copied them onto a cdrw, copied from the cdrw onto the XP desktop, changed from read only, and opened them in the new OL 2002. Thanks for the suggestions.

    Sarah

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