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mister_v
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Find Outlook email files

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Hi,

I have to copy my emails from my old PC.
I was using Microsoft Outlook, but I don't know where it is storing the email files.

Can anyone help me with this?
Thanks,

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Re: Find Outlook email files

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It depends on what version of Outlook.

Outlook Express saves the files in:
C:\Windows\Application Data\Outlook Express\{GUID}
or
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Those are *.dbx files

Note: The folders are hidden!
So set explorer so you can see them.


Outlook (2002, 2003 , 2010) saves the emails in *.pst-files.
Windows XP drive:\Documents and Settings\user\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook
Windows 7 and Windows Vista drive:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

You might also want to copy your Personal Address Book (.pab)
Outlook same folder as *.pst-files

Windows Address Book (.wab) for Outlook Express.
C:\Documents and Settings\<User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\

hopes this helps.

By the way, you should make backups of these files on a regular basis.
*.pst files have a 2GB file limit, before Outlook 2003
20GB limit for Outlook 2003 and Outlook 2007
From Outlook 2010 it can be over 50GB.
But such large size is not recommended.

mister_v
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Re: Find Outlook email files

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Thanks, I have the files.

Berhaps you can also help me with my next question.
How do I import them in Windows 8?

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Re: Find Outlook email files

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You can't import the outlook .PST or .DBX files in the windows 8 mail-app.

It's not a full email client like outlook,
more like an interface to your mails that are stored on a imap-server. (like hotmail.com, now known as outlook.com )

You can get Outlook by installing Office,
There are also other email clients that allow you to import those .pst-files.
Mozilla thunderbird is one.

I heard of a workaround that allows you to upload the files to you microsoft account (you@outlook.com)
But I have to look it up.

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Re: Find Outlook email files

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Found the info on the following page:

http://www.msoutlook.info/question/765

In short
  1. You add your hotmail/outlook.com account to outlook-program (http://www.msoutlook.info/question/707)
  2. import the PST-files in the outlook program.
  3. Move your emails to the hotmail/outlook.com imap-account.
Basically thats is, but you might want to check the URL's for more info.

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