Move PST /changing default location in Outlook 2007 or 2010 64b on W7 64bit

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Outlook version
Outlook 2007
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Hi, I have been struggling for 3 days to change IMAP PST location using outlook.

On my present computer I use W7 32 bits & outlook 2007. I have more than 10 IMAP accounts with large PST files ( 2 to 10 GB).I was able to change the location of the IMAP PST files using this method :

it works fine but slow for more than 2 months.

On my new PC, W7 64bits, I first installed Outlook 64 bits. Using the same method seems to work when outlook restarts.

BUT although the mails update, one CANNOT SEND ANY MESSAGES ON THE MOVED ACCOUNTS. It seems to be a bug. Disappointing. I wanted to take advantage of my 8MB RAM memory. Anybody has a solution ? I would love it.

So I reinstalled W7 64 bits and installed a new Outlook 2007 to start again. The same method to move the PST file again seems to work, but this time although I can send receive and get the updates, the IMAP messages DO NOT DOWNLOAD AUTOMATICALLY the full content & attachements any more as they should (I have set up the full Download content option). I need this to do search on the inside of the mails. And I I do not open them all, I need full download automaticly.

I then erased the accounts and applied the ForcePSTPath method :

It simply does not change anything. New e-mail are still created in the initial default folder.

So, does anybody have a solution ? For outlook 64b the best or outlook 2007 on W7 64bits otherwise.

Maybe W7 64 bits is changing something to the way Outlook 2007 works ?

Thanks for your help.

PS I tried Microsoft Hotline, the guy did not even know one can move the PST in IMAP....


Diane Poremsky

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Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Re: Move PST /changing default location in Outlook 2007 or 2010 64b on W7 64bi

The sending problems are a known issue, but we don't have a solution at this time.

Symbolic links might work (i haven't tested it with outlook 2010 64bit) - and you can redirect just the %localappdata%\microswoft\outlook folder.

When you use the forcepst key, you need to recreate the accounts - it doesn't change the path for existing accounts.


Outlook version
Outlook 2007
Email Account
Re: Move PST /changing default location in Outlook 2007 or 2010 64b on W7 64bi

HI diane , thanks for the fast answer.

Forcepstpath :

I did recreate accounts after setting the forcepstpath. Outlook was closed and I even tried to reboot after changing and before starting outlook again. No effect in either case. I tried using "" and not using them in the value data.

Symbolic links :

did not know what is it and checked. I found. Would be a great solution. I will try. Will it slow down performances ?

Should I try to use the symbolic link on :

C:\Users\jno\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook (for 2007)

Then, any advantage to use the /H or /J option ? :

The symlink will be created by using the MKLINK command. By default, MKLINK creates a file symbolic link. This can be changed by using one of the following flags:
/D – Creates a directory symbolic link.
/H – Creates a hard link instead of a symbolic link.
/J – Creates a Directory Junction.

W7 64b : Can it affect the functioning of outllok 2007 (I used same disk than on W7 32b) compared to W7 32b. It would explain the automatic download pb.

Thanks from Paris.

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