Migrate Outlook 2003 from XP PC to new Vista computer

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TCS

I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.

My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003

I have two profiles

Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange

server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use any

other features of the server Outlook.

Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,

Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"

TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)

Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.

Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,

Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"

Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"

Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)

I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running

WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and Outlook

2003.

I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and the

folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This created

two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"

I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including sub-folders.

This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"

1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new

Outlook program?

2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into the

proper profiles?

3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both email

accounts be correctly installed?

4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?

5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst" will all

components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the

selection of profiles when I start Outlook?

Thanks,

Tim
 
R

Roady [MVP]

That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.

There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your

pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your mail

profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;

File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...

For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;

http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm

If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and data

all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could use

a special Outlook backup utility such as;

http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup

If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.

Other backup utilities are listed here;

http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup

Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it to

another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does

that.

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"TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message

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> I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> I have two profiles
> Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use any
> other features of the server Outlook.
> Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)

> Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)

> I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and Outlook
> 2003.

> I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and the
> folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> created
> two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"

> I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including sub-folders.
> This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"

> 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> Outlook program?
> 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into the
> proper profiles?
> 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> email
> accounts be correctly installed?
> 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst" will
> all
> components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> selection of profiles when I start Outlook?

> Thanks,
> Tim
 
T

TCS

Thanks Roady,

My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my

existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista Home

(32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro SP3.

Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s) file?

In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:

outlook.pst

mailbox.pst

Personal Folders.pst

I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC

profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal

Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.

Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?

Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?

What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?

What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?

Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.

I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the

appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my

recently established Exchange Server email account.

What is contained in the outlook.ost file?

Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?

Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook

using the outlook.pst file?

Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account, TCSIC

POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook objects/data?

If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders go

away?

Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst file?

Thanks,

Tim

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your mail
> profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...

> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm

> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and data
> all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could use
> a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.

> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it to
> another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> that.

> >

> ---
> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> > I have two profiles
> > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use any
> > other features of the server Outlook.
> > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and Outlook
> > 2003.
> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and the
> > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> > created
> > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including sub-folders.
> > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> > Outlook program?
> > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into the
> > proper profiles?
> > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> > email
> > accounts be correctly installed?
> > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst" will
> > all
> > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> > Thanks,
> > Tim


>
 
R

Roady [MVP]

Backing up routinely or migrating to another computer are similar situations

and both covered in the guide I pointed out to you.

You indeed need to configure Outlook with all your mail profiles and account

first before you can open your pst-files.

Never ever overwrite an pst-file to get it opened in Outlook.

Pst-files do not contain mail profile or account settings.

The ost-file is the cache file of your Exchange account; you do not need to

migrate this file.

What's in which pst-file is entirely up to you. The first pst-file that is

being created by Outlook is usually called Outlook.pst and if you created an

archive, then there is Archive.pst, but all additional ones are ones you've

created yourself.

The pab-file is file format where previous versions of Outlook stored the

contacts in. You've probably already migrated those to your Contacts folder

a long time ago.

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"TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message

news:5F998623-48CB-4AA4-82F9-6393CB87DAA0@microsoft.com...
> Thanks Roady,

> My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my
> existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista
> Home
> (32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro
> SP3.

> Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s)
> file?
> In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:
> outlook.pst
> mailbox.pst
> Personal Folders.pst

> I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC
> profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal
> Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.

> Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?
> Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?
> What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?
> What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?

> Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.

> I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the
> appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my
> recently established Exchange Server email account.
> What is contained in the outlook.ost file?
> Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?

> Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook
> using the outlook.pst file?

> Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account,
> TCSIC
> POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook
> objects/data?

> If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders
> go
> away?
> Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst
> file?
> > Thanks,
> Tim

> "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
>
> > That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> > There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> > pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your
> > mail
> > profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> > File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...
>

>> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> > http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
>

>> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and
> > data
> > all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could
> > use
> > a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> > http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> > If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.
>

>> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> > http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> > Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it
> > to
> > another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> > that.
>

>> > >

>

>
>
>
>
>
>
>> --->

>> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> > news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> > > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> > > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> > > I have two profiles
> > > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> > > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use
> > > any
> > > other features of the server Outlook.
> > > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> > > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> > > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> > > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> > > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> > > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> > > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> > > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and
> > > Outlook
> > > 2003.
> >> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and
> > > the
> > > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> > > created
> > > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> >> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including
> > > sub-folders.
> > > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> >> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> > > Outlook program?
> > > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into
> > > the
> > > proper profiles?
> > > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> > > email
> > > accounts be correctly installed?
> > > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> > > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst"
> > > will
> > > all
> > > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> > > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> >> > Thanks,
> > > Tim

>

>>
 
T

TCS

Thanks again Roady,

I have since discovered that my pst files are in 97-2002 ANSI format.

What would be the proper sequence to export/import/copy/open to convert my

files to Unicode format?

Should I export my files then copy the exported files to the new machine and

then import them into the pst file created by OL2003?

What concerns should I have regarding using the export/import feature

causing corruption during this conversion?

PS: I purchased ABF Outlook Backup but when I started the backup, it only

showed one of my profiles. I have an email out to support, but have not

received a response yet.

Thanks,

Tim

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> Backing up routinely or migrating to another computer are similar situations
> and both covered in the guide I pointed out to you.

> You indeed need to configure Outlook with all your mail profiles and account
> first before you can open your pst-files.

> Never ever overwrite an pst-file to get it opened in Outlook.

> Pst-files do not contain mail profile or account settings.

> The ost-file is the cache file of your Exchange account; you do not need to
> migrate this file.

> What's in which pst-file is entirely up to you. The first pst-file that is
> being created by Outlook is usually called Outlook.pst and if you created an
> archive, then there is Archive.pst, but all additional ones are ones you've
> created yourself.

> The pab-file is file format where previous versions of Outlook stored the
> contacts in. You've probably already migrated those to your Contacts folder
> a long time ago.

> >

> ---
> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:5F998623-48CB-4AA4-82F9-6393CB87DAA0@microsoft.com...
> > Thanks Roady,
> > My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my
> > existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista
> > Home
> > (32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro
> > SP3.
> > Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s)
> > file?
> > In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:
> > outlook.pst
> > mailbox.pst
> > Personal Folders.pst
> > I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC
> > profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal
> > Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?
> > Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.
> > I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the
> > appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my
> > recently established Exchange Server email account.
> > What is contained in the outlook.ost file?
> > Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?
> > Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook
> > using the outlook.pst file?
> > Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account,
> > TCSIC
> > POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook
> > objects/data?
> > If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders
> > go
> > away?
> > Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst
> > file?
> > > > Thanks,
> > Tim
> > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> >> That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> >> There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> >> pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your
> >> mail
> >> profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> >> File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...
> >
> >> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
> >
> >> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and
> >> data
> >> all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could
> >> use
> >> a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> >> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> >> If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.
> >
> >> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> >> Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it
> >> to
> >> another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> >> that.
> >
> >> > >>

> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> ---> >
> >> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> >> news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> >> > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> >> > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> >> > I have two profiles
> >> > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> >> > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use
> >> > any
> >> > other features of the server Outlook.
> >> > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> >> > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> >> > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and
> >> > Outlook
> >> > 2003.
> >> >> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and
> >> > the
> >> > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> >> > created
> >> > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> >> >> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including
> >> > sub-folders.
> >> > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> >> >> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> >> > Outlook program?
> >> > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into
> >> > the
> >> > proper profiles?
> >> > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> >> > email
> >> > accounts be correctly installed?
> >> > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> >> > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst"
> >> > will
> >> > all
> >> > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> >> > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> >> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Tim
> >
> >>
 

Brian Tillman

Senior Member
"TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message

news:7424BF64-7EAE-4777-9C2B-9C44FFEC5F92@microsoft.com...


> I have since discovered that my pst files are in 97-2002 ANSI format.
> What would be the proper sequence to export/import/copy/open to convert my
> files to Unicode format?


See this: http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/convert-ansi-pst-to-unicode-pst/


> Should I export my files then copy the exported files to the new machine and
> then import them into the pst file created by OL2003?
> What concerns should I have regarding using the export/import feature
> causing corruption during this conversion?


Exporting is never advised when transferring data from one Outlook to another.

Exporting (and importing) ALWAYS loses data.

--
 
T

TCS

Hi Brian,

So you would use "Method 2" (Manual) described in the reference

"http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/convert-ansi-pst-to-unicode-pst/"?

Thanks,

Tim

"Brian Tillman " wrote:


> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:7424BF64-7EAE-4777-9C2B-9C44FFEC5F92@microsoft.com...
>
> > I have since discovered that my pst files are in 97-2002 ANSI format.
> > What would be the proper sequence to export/import/copy/open to convert my
> > files to Unicode format?


> See this: http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/convert-ansi-pst-to-unicode-pst/
>
> > Should I export my files then copy the exported files to the new machine and
> > then import them into the pst file created by OL2003?
> > What concerns should I have regarding using the export/import feature
> > causing corruption during this conversion?


> Exporting is never advised when transferring data from one Outlook to another.
> Exporting (and importing) ALWAYS loses data.
> >

>
 

Brian Tillman

Senior Member
"TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message

news:0C31EAF5-6DFB-4226-937F-668D534AD1BA@microsoft.com...


> So you would use "Method 2" (Manual) described in the reference
> "http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/convert-ansi-pst-to-unicode-pst/"?


In fact, I did use that method when I migrated from Outlook 2000 to Outlook

2003.

--
 
T

TCS

Hello Robert,

Thanks for all of the detailed information and references. The details

really help to understand the exact steps needed to perform this operation

with a minimum of difficulty.

Could you please take a quick look at the process that I intend to use and

point out any steps that might cause error or corruption.

I also have 3 more questions (in CAPS) if you could be so kind as to respond

to them.

Thank you,

Tim

PROCEDURE

To convert Outlook 2003, ANSI 97/2002 format, profile data to Outlook 2003,

Unicode 2003 format data and transfer/migrate the data to a new computer.

From Win XP-Pro to Vista Home.

Only the pst files need to be transferred to the new PC.

The data contained in the Outlook profiles is wholly contained in the pst

files.

The profiles are saved in the registry.

Do not use the export/import feature provided in Outlook.

1. Install Outlook 2003 on the new computer and install all updates.

2. Using the mail setup from the old PC as a guide, set up ALL mail

accounts on the new machine by opening Control Panel/Mail/Mail Setup/E-Mail

Accounts.

3. Open OL2003 on the new machine a Unicode (2003) pst file will

automatically be created.

4. Leave Outlook open.

5. Copy the ANSI (97/2002) format pst file from the old PC (C:\Documents

and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook) into

a temporary directory on the new PC.

6. Change the file name of the ANSI pst file to something other than

"outlook.pst", different from the name of the newly created Unicode pst file.

7. Copy the differently named ANSI pst file to the outlook file directory

on the new PC (C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook).

8. From the Outlook menu, select File/Open and open the ANSI pst file. This

will display the ANSI profile's folders in addition to the newly created

Unicode folders generated when Outlook was opened the first time.

Note: You cannot copy the folders themselves because you cannot have more

than one default folder of a particular name.

WHAT IF THE ROOT FOLDERS ON THE NEW PC ARE NAMED "PERSONAL FOLDERS" AND THE

ROOT FOLDERS IN THE ANSI PST FILE ARE NAMED "TCSIC". CAN I COPY WHOLE

FOLDERS?

9. Open each of the folders in the ANSI profile, select all the items using

Ctrl-A, then copy the selection (either with right-click/Drag, Ctrl/Drag or

Edit>Copy to Folder) to the corresponding folder in the newly created

(Unicode) profile.

For the Calendar, you'll need to change the view to a table view like Events

or By Category in order for Ctrl-A to work.

Note: The conversion from ANSI to Unicode will happen in the copy process.

10. Using the mail setup from the old PC as a guide, set up Outlook Data

Files on the new machine by opening Control Panel/Mail/Mail Setup/Outlook

Data Files.

11. When you're done copying all the folders in the ANSI profile's folders,

right-click the ANSI profile's root and choose "Close" to remove it from the

mail profile.

AFTER I COPY THE ITEMS OR FOLDERS TO THE UNICODE FOLDERS AND CLOSE THE ANSI

PST FILE, CAN I DELETE THE ANSI PST FILE?

12. Navigate to the Outlook file directory and delete the ANSI pst file.

13. If multiple pst files representing multiple profiles are being converted

and transferred to the new computer, follow the above steps for the

individual pst files and profile folders.

14. For multiple pst files and profiles folders, set up the subsequent

profile's mail accounts and data files by opening Control

Panel/Mail/Profiles/Show Profiles/name/Properties.

IF I FIND THAT MY DATA/FOLDERS ARE CORRUPTED, CAN I UNINSTALL OUTLOOK FROM

THE NEW COMPUTER, DELETE ANY PST FILES AND START OVER WITH NO REMAINING

ARTIFACTS LEFT BEHIND TO RECORRUPT A NEW INSTALLATION?

Thanks,

Tim

Thanks,

Tim

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> Backing up routinely or migrating to another computer are similar situations
> and both covered in the guide I pointed out to you.

> You indeed need to configure Outlook with all your mail profiles and account
> first before you can open your pst-files.

> Never ever overwrite an pst-file to get it opened in Outlook.

> Pst-files do not contain mail profile or account settings.

> The ost-file is the cache file of your Exchange account; you do not need to
> migrate this file.

> What's in which pst-file is entirely up to you. The first pst-file that is
> being created by Outlook is usually called Outlook.pst and if you created an
> archive, then there is Archive.pst, but all additional ones are ones you've
> created yourself.

> The pab-file is file format where previous versions of Outlook stored the
> contacts in. You've probably already migrated those to your Contacts folder
> a long time ago.

> >

> ---
> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:5F998623-48CB-4AA4-82F9-6393CB87DAA0@microsoft.com...
> > Thanks Roady,
> > My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my
> > existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista
> > Home
> > (32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro
> > SP3.
> > Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s)
> > file?
> > In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:
> > outlook.pst
> > mailbox.pst
> > Personal Folders.pst
> > I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC
> > profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal
> > Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?
> > Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.
> > I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the
> > appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my
> > recently established Exchange Server email account.
> > What is contained in the outlook.ost file?
> > Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?
> > Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook
> > using the outlook.pst file?
> > Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account,
> > TCSIC
> > POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook
> > objects/data?
> > If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders
> > go
> > away?
> > Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst
> > file?
> > > > Thanks,
> > Tim
> > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> >> That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> >> There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> >> pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your
> >> mail
> >> profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> >> File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...
> >
> >> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
> >
> >> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and
> >> data
> >> all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could
> >> use
> >> a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> >> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> >> If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.
> >
> >> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> >> Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it
> >> to
> >> another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> >> that.
> >
> >> > >>

> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> ---> >
> >> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> >> news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> >> > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> >> > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> >> > I have two profiles
> >> > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> >> > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use
> >> > any
> >> > other features of the server Outlook.
> >> > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> >> > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> >> > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and
> >> > Outlook
> >> > 2003.
> >> >> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and
> >> > the
> >> > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> >> > created
> >> > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> >> >> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including
> >> > sub-folders.
> >> > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> >> >> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> >> > Outlook program?
> >> > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into
> >> > the
> >> > proper profiles?
> >> > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> >> > email
> >> > accounts be correctly installed?
> >> > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> >> > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst"
> >> > will
> >> > all
> >> > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> >> > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> >> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Tim
> >
> >>
 
T

TCS

ps: IF I MOVE THE ITEMS INSTEAD OF COPY, WILL THE CONVERSION FROM ANSI TO

UNICODE STILL TAKE PLACE?

I WOULD LIKE TO USE MOVE INSTEAD OF COPY TO RETAIN THE ORIGINAL "LAST

MODIFIED DATES".

Thanks,

Tim

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> Backing up routinely or migrating to another computer are similar situations
> and both covered in the guide I pointed out to you.

> You indeed need to configure Outlook with all your mail profiles and account
> first before you can open your pst-files.

> Never ever overwrite an pst-file to get it opened in Outlook.

> Pst-files do not contain mail profile or account settings.

> The ost-file is the cache file of your Exchange account; you do not need to
> migrate this file.

> What's in which pst-file is entirely up to you. The first pst-file that is
> being created by Outlook is usually called Outlook.pst and if you created an
> archive, then there is Archive.pst, but all additional ones are ones you've
> created yourself.

> The pab-file is file format where previous versions of Outlook stored the
> contacts in. You've probably already migrated those to your Contacts folder
> a long time ago.

> >

> ---
> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:5F998623-48CB-4AA4-82F9-6393CB87DAA0@microsoft.com...
> > Thanks Roady,
> > My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my
> > existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista
> > Home
> > (32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro
> > SP3.
> > Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s)
> > file?
> > In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:
> > outlook.pst
> > mailbox.pst
> > Personal Folders.pst
> > I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC
> > profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal
> > Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?
> > Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.
> > I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the
> > appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my
> > recently established Exchange Server email account.
> > What is contained in the outlook.ost file?
> > Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?
> > Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook
> > using the outlook.pst file?
> > Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account,
> > TCSIC
> > POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook
> > objects/data?
> > If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders
> > go
> > away?
> > Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst
> > file?
> > > > Thanks,
> > Tim
> > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> >> That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> >> There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> >> pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your
> >> mail
> >> profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> >> File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...
> >
> >> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
> >
> >> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and
> >> data
> >> all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could
> >> use
> >> a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> >> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> >> If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.
> >
> >> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> >> Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it
> >> to
> >> another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> >> that.
> >
> >> > >>

> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> ---> >
> >> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> >> news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> >> > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> >> > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> >> > I have two profiles
> >> > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> >> > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use
> >> > any
> >> > other features of the server Outlook.
> >> > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> >> > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> >> > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and
> >> > Outlook
> >> > 2003.
> >> >> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and
> >> > the
> >> > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> >> > created
> >> > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> >> >> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including
> >> > sub-folders.
> >> > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> >> >> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> >> > Outlook program?
> >> > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into
> >> > the
> >> > proper profiles?
> >> > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> >> > email
> >> > accounts be correctly installed?
> >> > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> >> > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst"
> >> > will
> >> > all
> >> > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> >> > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> >> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Tim
> >
> >>
 
T

TCS

Hi Robert,

I received a response from ABF-OutlookBackup and included it in this reply.

The current version of Outlook Backup Version 3.1.9 Build 59 does not

support Microsoft Exchange Server mail accounts.

As far as I understood you have two profiles - one with POP3 accounts only

and second with POP3 and Exchange server accounts. Am I correct?

And that is the problem. The current version of ABF Outlook Backup doesn't

work with Exchange server data and it just skips profiles which contain

Exchange server accounts (even if POP3 accounts are in these profiles also).

Thus, your Exchange server accounts won't be backed up&restored with ABF

Outlook Backup. If you want to backup POP3 accounts from this second profile,

you should move them to another profile - to the first one or to a new.

Best regards.

Natalia Guskova,

ABF software, Inc.

I am currently seeking a refund from ABF.

Thanks,

Tim

"Roady [MVP]" wrote:


> Backing up routinely or migrating to another computer are similar situations
> and both covered in the guide I pointed out to you.

> You indeed need to configure Outlook with all your mail profiles and account
> first before you can open your pst-files.

> Never ever overwrite an pst-file to get it opened in Outlook.

> Pst-files do not contain mail profile or account settings.

> The ost-file is the cache file of your Exchange account; you do not need to
> migrate this file.

> What's in which pst-file is entirely up to you. The first pst-file that is
> being created by Outlook is usually called Outlook.pst and if you created an
> archive, then there is Archive.pst, but all additional ones are ones you've
> created yourself.

> The pab-file is file format where previous versions of Outlook stored the
> contacts in. You've probably already migrated those to your Contacts folder
> a long time ago.

> >

> ---
> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:5F998623-48CB-4AA4-82F9-6393CB87DAA0@microsoft.com...
> > Thanks Roady,
> > My primary concern is not routine backup and restore, but to transfer my
> > existing profiles and emails to a new PC running Outlook 2003 on Vista
> > Home
> > (32 bit). I am coming off of an old laptop rinning Outlook 2003 on XP-Pro
> > SP3.
> > Do I need to set up the email accounts before I open the copied .pst(s)
> > file?
> > In my local settings folder I have the following pst files:
> > outlook.pst
> > mailbox.pst
> > Personal Folders.pst
> > I believe, maybe incorrectly, that the outlook.pst file contains the TCSIC
> > profile, the mailbox.pst file contains the TCS profile and the Personal
> > Folders.pst file contains the extra (duplicate) folders.
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain all profiles?
> > Does the outlook.pst file contain my MS Exchange Server email account?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.pst file?
> > What is contained in the mailbox.PAB file?
> > Note that my Exchange Server email is maintained on my local machine.
> > I also have a recently added file "outlook.ost", the timing of the
> > appearance of this file leads me to believe this is associated with my
> > recently established Exchange Server email account.
> > What is contained in the outlook.ost file?
> > Do I need to copy the outlook.ost file?
> > Can I just copy the outlook.pst and mailbox.pst then open the new outlook
> > using the outlook.pst file?
> > Will these two files bring along my MS Exchange Server email account,
> > TCSIC
> > POP3 account, TCS POP3 account in addition to all other Outlook
> > objects/data?
> > If I do not copy the Personal Folder.pst file will the duplicate folders
> > go
> > away?
> > Will I lose any objects/data if I do not copy the Personal Folders.pst
> > file?
> > > > Thanks,
> > Tim
> > "Roady [MVP]" wrote:
> >
> >> That's not the way that you should backup and restore Outlook.
> >> There is no need to use the export function at all; simply copy over your
> >> pst-file and reconnect them to Outlook after you have configured your
> >> mail
> >> profile on the new machine. To reconnect a pst-file use;
> >> File-> Open-> Outlook Data File...
> >
> >> For more information about how to backup and restore Outlook see;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/backupandrestore.htm
> >
> >> If you want to backup your Outlook settings, profile configuration and
> >> data
> >> all at once and easily restore them on your new machine, then you could
> >> use
> >> a special Outlook backup utility such as;
> >> http://addins.howto-outlook.com/abf_outlookbackup
> >> If you decide to order use ABF-1HTJ8 to get a discount.
> >
> >> Other backup utilities are listed here;
> >> http://www.howto-outlook.com/tag/backup
> >> Make sure that they support backing up the mail profile and restoring it
> >> to
> >> another version of Windows and/or Outlook. I know the one from ABF does
> >> that.
> >
> >> > >>

> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> ---> >
> >> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> >> news:D4D4D18F-E820-47F2-9CF5-A0E491A9F99B@microsoft.com...
> >> > I am migrating my outlook profiles to a new computer.
> >> > My current laptop is running Win XP-Pro SP3 with Outlook 2003
> >> > I have two profiles
> >> > Profile 1 is "TCSIC" and uses both a POP3 email account and an exchange
> >> > server and bringing my server email to my local machine. I do not use
> >> > any
> >> > other features of the server Outlook.
> >> > Profile 1 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > TCSIC Folders " "outlook.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > Profile 2 is "Tims" and uses one POP3 email account.
> >> > Profile 2 has 3 data files listed,
> >> > Personal Folders - "Personal Folders(1).pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders - "mailbox.pst"
> >> > Tim's Folders " "mailbox.pst" (Mail Delivery)
> >> >> > I have installed Office 2003 on my new laptop which is running
> >> > WinVistaHomeBasic SP2. I have installed all updates for Vista and
> >> > Outlook
> >> > 2003.
> >> >> > I have exported from Profile 1 TCSIC Folders including sub-folders and
> >> > the
> >> > folders created when I set up the Exchange server email account. This
> >> > created
> >> > two back up files, "backup.pst" and 3Ybackup.pst"
> >> >> > I have also exported from Profile 2 Tim's Folders including
> >> > sub-folders.
> >> > This created two back up files, "TCSbackup.pst"
> >> >> > 1) What is the best way to install the existing profiles into the new
> >> > Outlook program?
> >> > 2) If I simply restore the folders, will the folders be installed into
> >> > the
> >> > proper profiles?
> >> > 3) If I restore the "backup.pst" file for the TCSIC profile, will both
> >> > email
> >> > accounts be correctly installed?
> >> > 4) Do I need to restore the "Personal Folders(1).pst?
> >> > 5) If I restore just the two files, "outlook.pst" and "mailbox.pst"
> >> > will
> >> > all
> >> > components of my two profiles be restored and will Outlook give me the
> >> > selection of profiles when I start Outlook?
> >> >> > Thanks,
> >> > Tim
> >
> >>
 
T

TCS

Thanks very much for your help. It seems everything went well.

Thanks,

Tim

"Brian Tillman " wrote:


> "TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message
> news:0C31EAF5-6DFB-4226-937F-668D534AD1BA@microsoft.com...
>
> > So you would use "Method 2" (Manual) described in the reference
> > "http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/convert-ansi-pst-to-unicode-pst/"?


> In fact, I did use that method when I migrated from Outlook 2000 to Outlook
> 2003.
> >

>
 

Brian Tillman

Senior Member
"TCS" <tcsnyder@att.net> wrote in message

news:1A2E0C36-505C-4CBF-B9C9-714EA974BA57@microsoft.com...


> Thanks very much for your help. It seems everything went well.


You're welcome.

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