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Any easy way to migrate Outlook mailbox from old computer to new


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KenPC

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I have a new computer that I would like to migrate my Outlook mailbox to from my old computer (I don't want to loose my email history). I set up the mailbox on the old computer as a "local" mailbox (i.e. my email messages are downloaded about every 10 minutes into the mailbox file on the old computer from my ISP's email system).

I have access to a external harddrive but I am not sure about how to go about copying the file(s) and then getting Outlook on the new computer to work with them (assuming I were to copy them onto the new computer).

Thanks

Edited by KenPC, 14 April 2010 - 11:09 AM.

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phillipcorcoran

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I am assuming you are referring to 'Outlook' from MS Office, and not Outlook Express which is not nearly so easy to backup or migrate from to another PC. With Outlook, however, it's easy.

Open Outlook where all your emails and contacts are.
Highlight 'Personal Folders' at top of folder list.
Click File-->Import & Export.
Choose 'Export to a file"
Choose 'PST' as the type of file.
Make sure you tick "include sub-folders"
Save to a USB stick or external disk-drive.
The PST file contains all your contacts, all your existing folders, and all your emails in thos folders.

Now on the PC you are migrating to:
Open Outlook and click File--> Import and Export.
Click 'Import from another Program or File'
For 'File type to import from' choose "Personal Folder File (pst)"
Navigate to where your saved (exported) PST file is.
Follow the prompts to complete the process.
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