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    restoring outlook (outlook 2003)

    my computer was dying, so i tried to back up my outlook data before sending it in for repair. In outlook, I went to file/archive and had it archive the "personal folders" directory. I burned this on a CD.
    I have my computer back and its in the "out of the box state", so I am trying to get back to normal, but can't figure out how to get this folder back into Outlook.
    did I do something wrong? its not a .pst folder. The icon on my desktop is the generic one when not associated with an extension.

    HELP

    thanks,

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    Re: restoring outlook (outlook 2003)

    Did you export it as a personal folders file? If so, see what happens if you change the extension to .pst.

    If you ever have to do this again, you can simply burn the existing .pst file(s) to CD. The default location is

    Cocuments and Settings<username>Local SettingsApplication DataMicrosoftOutlook

    You need to show hidden files and folders in Windows Explorer to see this folder.

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    Re: restoring outlook (outlook 2003)

    good news/bad news:
    changing the extenstion worked!
    bad news is, it was only the archive data and its 5 months old...I suppose this means all contacts & emails since March are gone?

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    Re: restoring outlook (outlook 2003)

    Do you have a backup of your hard disk or of your profile from before you reinstalled your PC? If so, you should be able to find your <profilename>.pst file, otherwise, I fear you're out of luck.

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