How to backup Outlook Express settings (email, account, address book, rules, passwords)

How-to backup:

backup oulook express mail Email messages

backup outlook account settings Account settings

save outlook express address book Address Book

copy outllok express mail rules Mail rules

transfer outlook express passwords Passwords

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How to backup Outlook Express mail settings

Backup Outlook Express Settings

How-to backup all outlook express settings: Outlook Express configuration, Outlook Express correspondence, Outlook Express mail accounts, Outlook Express rules, folders and passwords.

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Microsoft Outlook Express (OE ) is a powerful FREE email client that (in most cases) comes already with your Windows installation In the following text we share our experiences to help you to make most out of this tool.

Backup your Outlook Express Data: Step by Step...

Use the following article describes the manual backup of Outlook Express data. Or just use NikSaver and backup all settings automaticaly!

Outlook Express data consists of the several parts:

backup oulook express mail Email messages

backup outlook account settings Account settings

save outlook express address book Address Book (if used)

copy outllok express mail rules Mail rules (if any)

transfer outlook express passwords Passwords


backup oulook express mail 1. Backing up Outlook Express e-mail messages

From the Outlook Express menu select Tools | Options | Maintenance and click the StoreFolder button. You see a dialog with the name of the directory that has your mail files. If you look in that directory you find files named after your mail folders and news groups. They all have a .DBX suffix. Outlook Express keeps all messages in these database files. If you make copies of these files regularly, you'll have a safe backup of your OE mail. 

Restore (if necessary): To restore the backup data, just copy it back to the directory. You can selectively restore folders by just copying specific files back. Alternatively, you can use OE's File | Import | Messages feature to import one or more of the backup folders.

As far as we know, the procedure works for all kind of email: The regular SMTP / POP3 based email, MAPI, IMAP or even the free Hotmail Account, that is built into Outlook. For Hotmail, however, some messages and settings might be stored only at the Hotmail server ( = somewhere at Microsoft !) and not on your local PC.

backup outlook account settings 2. Backup Outlook Express account settings

Data about your mail and news accounts are stored in the registry key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager. To save this data, start RegEdit and select that key in the left-hand pane. Then from the menu select Registry | Export Registry File. Save the file to a name like "outlook.reg". 

 Restore (if necessary) To restore the account settings, right-click the .REG file and select Merge.

Note: As an alternative, you can save the data one account at a time through Outlook Express: click Tools | Accounts | Export and specify the name of the file to save the settings. Be sure to save this information for every account.

save outlook express address book 3. Copy Outlook Express Address Book

Getting the data out of your address book for safekeeping is relatively easy. From the menu select File | Export | Address Book and select the comma separated text file as your output format. Then select the fields you want to export. To make sure you know where the backup is going, give a full path name. To restore the address book or to get your addresses onto a new system, the process is not quite symmetrical. Select File | Import | Other address book and select the text file option again. You'll be given a list of fields to import. Since you're importing a file that was created by Outlook Express, you usually don't need to make any changes here. After that, click your way on through the wizard and you'll get your address book back.

copy outllok express mail rules 4. Transfer Mail Rules

The mail rules are stored at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities. If you run Regedit and export this entire subkey to a file the same way you did with account settings: from the menu select Registry | Export Registry File. Save the file to a name like "rules.reg".

Restore (if necessary):  Under the Identities key each subkey has a long number that looks similar to {36753740-2WEE-781D3-89B1-00A0C9900DSA}. So if you have five different identities in Outlook you will have five of these long numbers. Below the numbers are all the settings specific the the identity (signatures, mail rules,...). If you are restoring without reinstall and on the same PC these numbers do not change (as far as we know !) and you can just restore the registry entries by clicking on the reg file.

transfer outlook express passwords 5. Backup Outlook Express Passwords

Outlook Express, along with those of most other Microsoft applications such as Internet Explorer, stores its passwords in .PWL files in your Windows directory. There's a separate file for each username on the system. Backup the files frequently.

Moving Outlook Express settings to a NEW PC:

If you're moving to a new system or doing a clean install, the {...} numbers are be different and you may have to manually move the entries to the differently numbered entries that are actually being used.

How to do this? This is the method that we use in our office:

1. Export the registry branch on the old PC to a *.reg file.

2. Transfer this "reg" file to the new PC

3. On the new computer search for the (still empty) settings of your new Outlook Express installation. Once you find , you have the new {...} number!

4. Now, open the transfered *.reg file with a text editor and make a "Search and Replace":

Replace the old {....} value with the NEW {...} that you just located in the registry.

5. Save this file and then click on it. This will import your old settings in the NEW registry.


Backup Outlook Express Automaticaly

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