No matter how strange or unbelievable it may seem to you, I have been using
Microsoft Office 97 since the day it was released and for 13 years until now.
It worked fine both on my old computer running Windows 95 OSR 2 as well as on
my new computer running Windows XP Professional SP3.
However, a few days ago, I formatted my hard disk, installed
Professional SP3 from scratch and instead of the outdated Office 97, I
downloaded and installed Microsoft Office 2010 Beta which works fine.
The problem now is that I have an Outlook 97
archive Message.pst file which
contains very important messages I do need for my work and I tried to extract
the files by trying both to either open or import it into Outlook 2010 but,
unfortunately, the only thing that happened was that an empty folder called
"Messages" was created in Microsoft Outlook 2010.
Unfortunately, for some reason which is unknown to me, the
contained in the archive file cannot be extracted in this way. Is is probably
just because Outlook 97 is so old compared to Outlook 2010 that importing or
opening its archive .pst files into Outlook 2010 is not supported? I wonder.
And most important: How could I extract the messages from this Outlook 97
It should be noted that I have the Microsoft Office 97 installation CD-ROM
and I am now thinking that a possible solution might be to also install
Outlook 97 on my system and use it to only extract the messages but, on the
other hand, I am not sure that this installation will not cause any damage to
the properly functioning Outlook 2010 and therefore I am afraid to do so
unless someone who knows the matter much better than me can assure me that
there will be no problems.
And anyway, in which other ways, especially if the additional installation
of Outlook 97 is not safe for my system, would it be possible to have these
important messages extracted from this Outlook 97 archive .pst file?