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Old 01-12-2008
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How to take back up or to restore Outlook Express data in Windows

Hi,

I am using Outlook Express for sending and receiving Emails and I wanted to take back up of my important
  • Messages
  • The Address Book
  • Mail accounts
  • News accounts
as security purpose, And i know this is possible. so can anyone suggest me how to achieve that in Outlook express.

Thanks in Advance.
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Re: How to take back up or to restore Outlook Express data in Windows

Hello,

I will provide the following steps to be followed:
This is to back up of Outlook Express items:

Step 1: Copy message files to a backup folder

Step A: Locate the Store folder
  1. Start Outlook Express.
  2. Click Tools, and then click Options.
  3. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.
  4. In the Store Location dialog box, copy the store location. To do this, follow these steps:
    • Put the mouse pointer at one end of the box under the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.
    • Press and hold the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer across the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.
    • Press CTRL+C to copy the location.
  5. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.

Step B: Copy the contents of the Store folder
  1. Click Start, click Run, press CTRL+V, and then click OK.
  2. On the Edit menu, click Select All.
  3. On the Edit menu, click Copy, and then close the window.

Step C: Create a backup folder
  1. Right-click any empty area on your desktop, click New, and then click Folder.
  2. Type Mail Backup for the folder name, and then press ENTER.

Step D: Paste the contents of the Store folder into the backup folder
  1. Double-click the Mail Backup folder to open it.
  2. Right-click inside the Mail Backup folder window, and then click Paste.

Step 2: Export the Address Book to a .csv file
Important Make sure that you follow this step if you use multiple identities in Outlook Express.

Microsoft Outlook Express 5.x and Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 use a Windows Address Book (.wab) file to store Address Book data. The individual data for each identity is stored in a folder by user name within the .wab file that is used.

The only way to separate the Address Book data for different identities is to export the data to a .csv file while you are logged in as a specific identity. If the .wab file becomes dissociated from the user identities, the data can be exported only as one total. In this case, the data cannot be exported folder by folder.

There is another reason to export the .wab file to a .csv file. If the .wab file not exported to a .csv file, but the .wab file is shared with Microsoft Outlook, the addresses are stored in the personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook. When you export the file to a .csv file by using the File menu in Outlook Express, the correct contacts are exported. However, if the Address Book is shared with Outlook, you cannot use the File menu option to export from the Address Book. This option is unavailable.

To export the Address Book to a .csv file, follow these steps:

1. On the File menu, click Export, and then click Address Book.
2. Click Text File (Comma Separated Values), and then click Export.
3. Click Browse.
4. Select the Mail Backup folder that you created.
5. In the File Name box, type address book backup, and then click Save.
6. Click Next.
7. Click to select the check boxes for the fields that you want to export, and then click Finish.
8. Click OK, and then click Close.
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Re: How to take back up or to restore Outlook Express data in Windows

Step 3: Import the mail account file

1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
2. On the Mail tab, click Import.
3. In the Look In box, select the Mail Backup folder.
4. Click the mail account that you want to import, and then click Open.
5. Repeat these steps for each mail account that you want to import.
6. Click Close.

Step 4: Import the newsgroup account file

1. On the Tools menu, click Accounts.
2. On the News tab, click Import.
3. In the Look In box, select the Mail Backup folder.
4. Click the news account that you want to import, and then click Open.
5. Repeat these steps for each news account that you want to import.
6. Click Close.
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