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    Outlook pst file (2000 to 2003)

    I want to move all Outlook data from old computer (win98SE/Outlook 2000) to new computer (XP Pro/Outlook2003). I have seen instructions on the web doing it in different ways.

    Do I need to do a export/import file? Can I just copy the outlook.pst file to the new computer? If so where does it go?

    I have not entered anything into the new Outlook yet and there is no .pst file.

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    Re: Outlook pst file (2000 to 2003)

    I stand corrected......there is a .pst file. It was hidden.

    Gary

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    Re: Outlook pst file (2000 to 2003)

    Yes, Outlook 2003 can read your Outlook 2000 PST. Unless you stored your contact information in a PAB (personal address book) or WAB (Windows address book) file, your PST should contain all of your items. You might copy the VbaProject.OTM (macros) and MyProfileName.rwz (rules wizard file), too, if you don't want to re-create them.

    Personally, I suggest you let OL03 create its own "new-format" PST, open your old PST as an additional Outlook Data File, and drag and drop the stuff you want in your new PST. This should minimize the risk of bringing forward any incipient file corruption or similar problems to your new set-up. However, it probably is possible to instruct OL03 to use your old PST as its main data store if you much prefer that.

    Note: when accessing old PSTs, Outlook 2003 often goes through a ritual of reconstructing an applying an old view definition to the folders. This is very annoying and can be grindingly slow, but it is a one-time operation for each folder, from what I can see. If you have many, many folders, then the above process might be a hassle.

    Added: It doesn't matter where you put the copied PST file, but it should be a place that is easy for you to find and back up. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> And, if you bring it over from a CD, it helps to remove any read-only attribute before accessing it from Outlook.

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    Re: Outlook pst file (2000 to 2003)

    Since you have found where the new Outlook holds its PST file AND you haven't entered anything in it yet, I suggest that you copy the old PST file, rename the copy to what the new PST file is called and drop it into the same folder as the new PST. You will overwrite the new PST. Then try opening Outlook 2003. All being well, you should have no further issues. HTH
    Gre

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