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  1. sgl1

    sgl1 Thread Starter

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    I'd like to migrate Outlook 2007 over to a new Windows 7 laptop I just bought. But how do I move the entire setup just as I have it now? I'm somewhat familiar with pst. files and such but I can't have any mistakes. I have too much setup involved. I've been regularly backing up my Outlook when it asks but have no idea where that backup file is or how to reinstall just as I have it now.

    Thanks!
     
  2. DaveA

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    What I do, is I copy the PST files to a external device that I can use on the new machine. Then, once I have Outlook up and running, I import the old PST into the new PST file, by using the import functions listed under File in the menu.
     
  3. sgl1

    sgl1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks Dave I can always count on you. I believe I did that last time but I must have screwed something up because when I opened Outlook my original file was gone.

    I've been using Outlook 2007 for awhile now but recently when I close it, I get a backup dialog request and I usually click yes. I must have set it to do this from the outset I don't recall. Well now on my external hd I have a file thats labeled Outlook Backup. Type of file is Microsoft Office Outlook Personal Folders. It's a big file, 1.04G. I assume this is the entire Outlook file with emails, contacts, folders, etc.

    Can I just install Outlook on the new machine then copy/paste this into a new Outlook directory?
     
  4. DaveA

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    Yes, you can copy the OLD pst to the new drive and use it, but it will then have two PST files related. When I have done this I have problems with "permissions" and the like and have gone to the import method and it has never failed me.

    I would NOT try a Copy/paste as these pst files are VERY large and may not copy completely.
     
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    I was finally able to get it to work. Thanks for the help! Now on to the next question lol!
     
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