Recovering Outlook


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Guest

My old computer crashed and I bought a new one with vista. It has Windows
mail, not outlook. Is there a way to recover my Outlook messages ? (My
provider doew not have them backed up).
 
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DGuess

Pop said:
My old computer crashed and I bought a new one with vista. It has Windows
mail, not outlook. Is there a way to recover my Outlook messages ? (My
provider doew not have them backed up).

Is the drive still readable?

If so, you can connect the drive (various ways to do this according to need)
and located the DBX files (all of them) and import those into WinMail.

The Address book is a WAB file.

Default location is in a Documents and Settings folder under the User
account name.

Don't know how much you know about computers so you may want to take it to
someone who does.
 
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Hal Hostetler [MVP P/I]

If you really had Outlook and were NOT using Outlook Express (the two are
entirely different, even though they share the same name) then we need to
modify the prior response to your question. Instead of looking for .DBX and
..WAB files (which belong to Outlook Express), you need to search the old
hard drive for a .PST file (which belongs to Outlook and contains all your
email and contacts). If you can recover this file, it can be moved into
Windows Mail, but it takes a little effort. A transfer from Outlook to
either OE or WM requires BOTH programs to be installed and operational;
OE/WM requires Outlook files to access the .PST file while Outlook needs
OE/WM files to access .DBX files. If you still have your Outlook install
disks, install it on the new Vista machine, use it to connect to the
recovered .PST file, then either export from Outlook or import with WM. if
you DON'T still have your Outlook install disks, you can download the
Outlook 2007 evaluation version, do the conversion, then remove Outlook
2007. Note also that if you had Outlook 2003, it will run fine under Vista,
so all you'd have to do is install it and re-connect your recovered .PST
file to it

Hal
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