> I forgot to say it on the previous post: it is possible to export the
> Outlook Email Accounts direct from the Registry and import it back on the
> other installation. To do this open the Regedit and go to:
> [HKEY_USERSS-1-5-21-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxSoftwareMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWindows Messaging
> Note: "S-1-5-21-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxx" is your GUID, which will
> differ for each installation.
> Edit or delete entries as you need, then export the entire key to a file and
> import it into your new installation!
> If you use this method to move the settings to another PC, make sure you do
> a search and replace on the xxxxx as your GUID will be different.
> It's usually a good idea to back up the existing key on the new PC before
> deleting it. Remember to always make a registry backup first and just be
> careful in there!
> It works for me all the time. My "FULL backup procedure" is simple:
> 1) Save the PST file (which is your Post Office file, containing all the
> e-mails, calendar, address book, etc)
> 2) Export your RULES
> 3) Export the aforementioned Registry Key
> To import it on another installation is simple (just a few more steps):
> 1) Open Outlook at least ONCE, and DO NOT create an e-mail account a this
> time. Just follow the start up screens until it is done.
> 2) Find out the location of your PST file (go to TOOLS -> ACCOUNT SETTINGS
> -> DATA FILES). Take a note of the PST file location.
> 3) Close Outlook (don't minimize, CLOSE IT).
> 4) Go to the folder where the PST file is located and DELETE IT, replacing
> it by your own backup copy
> 5) Open the REGEDIT and import the KEY with your email accounts settings
> (make sure you have changed the GUID on the backup file as explained above)
> 6) Open Outlook again. Don't be scared if it gives you an error message.
> Just ignore it and close the message window. Outlook will open with all your
> e-mails and accounts already restored.
> 7) Import the RULES back (TOOLS -> RULES AND ALERTS -> OPTIONS -> IMPORT
> RULES). Note that you may have to "adjust" some rules in very rare cases. In
> most cases you just need to re-enable them.
> 8) As your PST file uses "direct access" to link some "shortcuts", the
> Address Book link will probably be lost (but all the addresses you have are
> still there). To fix it just delete the EMPTY address book on the tree and
> link yours using the address book tool to fix the shortcuts (TOOLS -> ADDRESS
> It is pretty much simple this procedure and it may takes 15 minutes only of
> your time (a lot less than develop a solution for that).
> I've been thinking myself to create an automated tool for the task, but as
> I've said: it is so fast to do it by hand (and failure free) that doesn't
> make sense on my case to develop a tool for the task. However, I'd love to
> see someone else doing the job (maybe YOU, Galen?). If someone wants to
> develop a tool I'd like to help. Just drop me a line and I can provide lots
> of information about Outlook tricks...
> Hope this post have helped someone else.
> -- Wolf
Actually I had real problems with replacing the key using regedit, Wolf. I
carefully exported my W7 laptop key to a file then edited it so the GUID was
the same as the one on my desktop. I saved it to a thumb drive, stuck it in
my desktop and tried to replace the key. All I got was error messages.
After an hour of frustration I simply loaded Acronis, saved the Outlook data
and restored it on the desktop. I hate to launch a bloated program for such
a simple job.