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DOS2XP

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My old drive with Windows 98SE recently died, so I got a new drive and loaded Windows XP Professional. On a different computer (also Win XP Pro), I have Outlook Express messages that I want to export, and import them into the other computer with the new drive in Microsoft Outlook. When I go to File>Export>Messages...>and hit OK, nothing seems to happen.

How do I accomplish what I want? Where do I export messages and take them over to my new drive so I can import them into Microsoft Outlook?

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Ahh, if only this were a simple process. It does this because outlook express exports the files directly to outlook, which is not installed on your machine, rather than a nice little csv file.

The easiest way to do this is probably

On Windos 98, search (or is it find) files with the .DBX extension (*.dbx in find)

they will be in a folder that ends like this.....

...Application Data\Identities\{0D4DF09F-9EFB-4B19-A70D-92D6B5761B08}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

(0D4DF09F-9EFB-4B19-A70D-92D6B5761B08 will be a randomly generated number.)

Copy those files in this folder with those extensions to a cd.


On the new machine, Open outlook express and if there is not a profile, create one.

Now search for the *.dbx files again on the new machine...

You will find them in a folder that looks like

C:\Documents and Settings\{profile name}\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{more messy alpha numerics}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Copy the files from the cd, OVERWRITING the files that are here...WARNING, IF YOU ARE ALREADY USING OUTLOOK EXPRESS ON THIS MACHINE< THIS WILL WIPE OUT THE EMAIL MESSAGE IN OUTLOOK EXPRESS, SO EXPORT THOSE FIRST.

After overwrite, run outlook express, go to FILE > EXPORT, choose OUTLOOK and choose your Outlook profile...follow the prompts
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I used to be able to do that when I had Windows 98. The replaced hard drive now has XP. What you've described is what I used to do. The problem is, that I no longer have Win 98. I found a workaround and here is what I did.

I archived my Outlook to clear my messages. Then, I went to File>Import and Export>Outlook>Import Internet Mail and Adresses>Outlook Express 4.x, 5.x, 6.x. This allowed all my files from Outlook Express to be converted to Microsoft Outlook. Then I copied the Outlook.pst found in the folder you describe (or I could have generated a file by doing an archive process), to the other computer via email (since the file was so large). Then from the other computer, I opened up Outlook and imported the Outlook.pst via the Import and Export function.

This was the best solution.
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