Need to copy old PST file from CD into Outlook so as to be able to open and view the old documents.

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I have just installed the windows 2010 Office trial including Outlook. I have old PST files that are on CD. These files were from a Office 2003 computer. I need to view the PST files, but it will not allow me to open then on the CD, and I can not find out how to paste them into an Outlook folder so that I can open them.

Gordon B-P

Copy the pst files into your Documents folder. Ensure that any Read-Onoly attribute is unchecked.

Do NOT paste them into the default Outlook folder.

Then in Outlook:

1. Click the Office logo in the upper-left corner of the screen.

2. Select Account Settings then Account Settings… again.

3. Click the Data Files tab.

4. Click Add…

5. browse to the location you pasted them to.



Thank you. I was able to locate the correct commands and attempt to upload the file, however now I am getting an error that the file is not an Outlook data file (.pst). When I look at the properties of the file, it lists it as an Outlook data .pst file. The file was from an earlier version of outlook. I tried to upload it as an earlier version by selecting that option, but that still gives me the same error. Any ideas?


Gordon B-P

You did copy the files from the CD into your Documents folder?


Yes I did copy them into my documents folder. I can't move them into Outlook now without that error message.

Gordon B-P

And you've checked that they are not Read-Only?

How did you create these pst files on the CD?


I did check that they were not read only. The email files were copied from my outlook PST files before I moved off of a prior server and swapped out my compute. This was done only in the event that I would ever need the files, which I now find I do a year later. I do not recall all of the specific steps that I followed when I copied these to CD, but it was per the instructions that I was given from a knowledgeable source. When I look at the properties of the file it shows it being an Outlook data PST file, so I just can not understand why when I try to move it into Outlook that it is not recognizing it as such. Would the fact that I am using a trial download of Outlook, or that it is from a prior release of windows have anything to do with it?

Gordon B-P

When you say "move it into Outlook" you ARE following the instructuions to ADD/OPEN the pst file in my first post? You naren't attempting to do anything else?
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