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fleamailman

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Ok the big drawback to reformating the computer to rid it of malware is keeping all your mails, addresses, etc. from outlook express and then reinstalling them. I know there's an easy way to do it and I know that I don't actually use outlook myself but still since I have seen it being done I would like to be pointed to the tutorial on this please.
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Your wish is my command, Flea!
http://www.geekstogo...showtopic=99460

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Wow, just what I was looking for I think, but the way I was showed was to remove three folders from the the old system and insert them in the new system. One was the mails, which I think we have found here, another was the addresses and the third I will remember could have been settings. btw, does the program you suggest have a free trial period then register afterward option.

[background, I have had people who wish to save/reformat/reinstall os/load programs(clean install of XP then) and other people who have bought a new computer but as Johnna pointed out Outlook Express doesn't seem to have an easy way to tranfer settings/mails/addresses from comp to comp or after reinstalling]
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Excellent instruction indeed - I think Johanna covered it all for you. If you are looking for a quick approach to OE mail only, navigate to your (user name) folder in Documents and Settings using windows explorer with all files and extensions shown. Then > Local Settings > Application Data > Identities > {fairly long alpha-numeric string} > Microsoft > Outlook Express. Highlight Outlook Express in the left window and a slew of .dbx folders will appear in the right window. Copy all of them to a CD or floppy or another drive and after you've done your new installation and setup Oulook Express with your user name and password for mail, just navigate back to the same place on your new drive and paste the saved .dbx folders into Outlook Express letting them overwrite the (new) existing files. Voila - all of your mail has been restored. If you have your old drive in the same machine as your new drive, its a couple of clicks using copy and paste. Same concept with Outlook using .pst files although the file stores are in a different location. If one has to merge files (some old & some new), then the import function must be used. And, for your contact list or address book (yes, I keep mine as two different entities), one is always better off to use the import and export functions. Bottom line - Johanna gave you a very thorough and safe approach to do it all but there are some shortcuts if thats what you were concerned about.

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Thanks, I was just being greedy in wanting to know both ways, and now I feel I help someone the next time they need doing it. I myself, as I have said, never hold mails and addresses on the computer itself for two reasons, malware and mobility, of which modbility means that when I want to use the Internet cafe, having the mails and addresses at home...., so I keep it on the server but have a copy on my external hardrive, and the malware problem we all are aware of. Once again thanks for these replies which I have now pasted away.
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