saving messages from Outlook / Outlook Express when reinstalling Windows
Thread poster: Vladimir Dubisskiy

Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
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Feb 14, 2008

Hi, all,

Please advise with following:

I want to reinstall my Windows XP. Therefore I have already saved my important documents and other files on my external drive. But how i can save my messages from Outlook Express and Outlook?

After reinstallation i want to switch to Mozilla e-mailer, and not using either Outlook or Outlook Express.

Also how can I save my Favorites from Internet Explorer, if after reinstallation I would like to start using Mozilla browser.

Thank you very much in advance,
Vladimir

[Edited at 2008-02-14 07:59]


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Selcuk Akyuz  Identity Verified
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file locations Feb 14, 2008

In Windows XP

Messages:

C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{??????????????????????}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Address Book:

C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book


Favourites:

C:\Documents and Settings\USER NAME\Favorites


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Thorson
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I use Outlook Express Backup Feb 14, 2008

For my Outlook Express messages, I could do a manual backup, export and import of account settings, etc., but it's much easier to use Outlook Express Backup which does it automatically, plus it lets you add other critical files to the backup and even ftp's it to backup space you have on a remote server and a whole lot more.

And you can't beat the price--free!

http://www.download.com/Outlook-Express-Backup/3000-2242_4-10159751.html?tag=lst-1

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However, you say you're changing over to Mozilla--do that first and import your messages into Mozilla mail.

For your Internet Explorer settings and favorites, go to File/import and export to export them to a file that can be imported into Mozilla (actually, don't you mean Firefox?)

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Just for reference, for a full backup, I use DriveImage XML, an excellent free utility which creates an image of the entire drive which can be easily restored, including operating system and all files. It is much faster than copying files and many other backup methods, and you don't have to spend time deciding what to backup--everything is backed up.

After reinstalling XP and installing your drivers, etc., make a DriveImage backup of your clean install and save that to restore next time you want to return to a clean install and your next clean install will take minutes rather than hours.

http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm









[Edited at 2008-02-14 11:39]

[Edited at 2008-02-14 11:45]


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Import into Thunderbird Feb 14, 2008

If by Mozilla e-mailer you mean Thunderbird, you can import the address book into it.
Thunderbird>Address Book>Tools>Import> and select Outlook Express or Outlook, then import the address book.

As a browser, are you intending to use Mozilla Firefox? Just found this in Firefox Help.

For Internet Explorer Users

About your IE favorites and settings.

When you first install Firefox, it will import your existing Internet Explorer settings, including your Favorites, cookies, stored passwords and a variety of data. This saves you time in customizing Firefox to fit your needs.

[Edited at 2008-02-14 12:06]


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Thorson
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Wow Feb 14, 2008

I just installed Thunderbird after reading what you wrote and the transition from Outlook Express couldn't have been more painless--it asked if I DID NOT want to import account info, mail, etc., then imported everything automatically.

So far I'm very impressed--all my mail folders and accounts are there--lots of advanced features--looks great!

Then I needed a backup program for it, and found Mailstore Home at download.com--also very cool.


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Vladimir Dubisskiy  Identity Verified
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Thank you Feb 14, 2008

Thorson and Jack, and Selcuk,
Thank you for your great help!
Vladimir
Thorson wrote:

I just installed Thunderbird after reading what you wrote and the transition from Outlook Express couldn't have been more painless--it asked if I DID NOT want to import account info, mail, etc., then imported everything automatically.

So far I'm very impressed--all my mail folders and accounts are there--lots of advanced features--looks great!

Then I needed a backup program for it, and found Mailstore Home at download.com--also very cool.


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