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    Converting 2003 .pst to XP (2003 -> XP)

    In my last job, we were using Outlook 2003. When I left, I saved all my personal email to a new .pst file which I took home. Only to find out (too late) that Outlook 2003 uses a file format incompatible with Outlook XP, which I run at home.

    So, I have an Outlook 2003 .pst file but no access to Outlook 2003.

    I was hoping Microsoft would have a regression filter like they had for reading Word 97 files with Word 95 (I may have the versions wrong), but couldn't find anything like that.

    Is there any way to transfer my Outlook 2003 emails to something readable by Outlook XP? Or do I just have to find a friend with access to Outlook 2003?

    Thanks in advance,

    Paulius

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    Re: Converting 2003 .pst to XP (2003 -> XP)

    See <!post=this post,391669>this post<!/post>.
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    Re: Converting 2003 .pst to XP (2003 -> XP)

    Check this recent thread from a few days ago, starting with <post#=391401>post 391401</post#>

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    Re: Converting 2003 .pst to XP (2003 -> XP)

    The easiest way would be to find someone else with Office 2003. The harder way would be to order the trial edition (or download it, if that is possible) and run that long enough to export the data. Might be easier just to switch!

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    Re: Converting 2003 .pst to XP (2003 -> XP)

    Thanks, Jefferson.

    That tip for getting the trial version would quite probably do the job nicely.

    As it turns out, I managed to find someone who uses Outlook 2003 and can hence do the conversion for me.

    The thread mentioned by other posters does indeed contain detailed instructions of how to transfer messages from Outlook 2003 to 2000/XP, but didn't actually tell me anything I didn't already know. Most importantly, that procedure requires access to Outlook 2003, the lack of which was the crux of my problem. Thanks for trying, though, guys. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    I think I'll suggest a downgrade plugin to Microsoft. Never know -- they might listen!

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