Moving my Outlook 2003 PST to my new laptop with Office and Outlook 2010

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I tried and failed before to import my 2003 PST into my new laptop with 2010. I asked for help mid way through, and apparently I did just about everything wrong i could do:


Now I'm starting fresh, I copied my PST and archive.PST from my old laptop (I got it back from Best Buy for a few days, it's back being serviced again now) to an External Hard Drive.

</tt></tt>I just brought my old laptop (Sony Vaio, Vista Professional) back for service, and bought a new one (Gateway, Windows 7) to use as a backup for now.

<tt><tt>Given what I did before, I'm not sure if I need to uninstall Office, or Outlook 2010 and really start fresh, or if I can try it without doing that. If it makes a difference, my 2010 is the professional edition, and it's a 60 day trial version, so I'm not sure if I can uninstall it and then reinstall it or not...

So, please, can someone tell me in plain english, what I should do to make this work? I miss my calendar, and the ability to do email from a computer (I've been using my phone for weeks now!)

Thanks in advance

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Russ Valentine

Reinstalling Office or Outlook is useless. Start over with a new Outlook profile ( ) then use one of the correct methods for data migration that we post here daily:

Moving Outlook to a New Computer

Note that some of the information on the Microsoft page is outdated and contains errors, particularly when applied to Outlook 2003, 2007 or 2010. Specifically:
1. Ignore any advice to copy your PST file to Outlook's default location to connect it to your profile. Doing so will often corrupt your Outlook profile. Copy it anywhere BUT the default location and then open it within your Outlook profile.
2. Ignore any advice that tells you to use export or import to transfer an entire Outlook data file. That has never been sound advice, but the process has become too deeply flawed to be trusted.

Also, when you use manual configuration for your mail accounts in Outlook 2010 (always preferable) it has a nice new option that lets you connect to a pre-existing data file when creating a new profile instead of having to jump through all the hoops of creating a new file, connecting to the pre-existing file, then disconnecting the new file.

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