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#1 Valentin


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Posted 19 March 2007 - 05:55 AM

I want to reinstall Windows Xp soon, as I got a virus and after cleaning the computer doesn't work as smooth as before. I gives some strange erros and sometimes it justs hangs up... I want to backup Outlook Express emails and settings before reinstall, and restore afterwards. Any help?


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Posted 19 March 2007 - 06:54 AM

The following should help you back up your Outlook Express Address book and then your complete OE emails, (including your sent box, inbox, and all the other folders that you have set up in OE.)

To back up your Outlook Express Address Book.:
Open OE and at Inbox:
File>Export>Address Book>Text File,>Comma Separated Value (CSV)Export (if you can export as WAB file do so)
Give it a name like address book and the date, save it to somewhere you can find and then copy it to your CD or another removable media.
To put it back on your freshly installed system
File>Import>Import other address book>text file, comma separated value
Browse to where your file is, click OK.

To back up the rest of your OE files, emails, sent, inbox, etc
From desktop make a new folder call it OE BkUp
Open OE and at Inbox
Tools>Options>Maintenance>Store folder
Place cursor anywhere in the file path shown and hold down right arrow key until cursor is at end of the path.
From end of the path click and drag to the beginning of path so that the whole thing is highlighted (goes blue)
Hold down Ctrl and press c
Start>Run and place cursor in white box
Hold down Ctrl and press v
Click OK
You will get a list of all your OE folders
Hold down Ctrl and press a
Hold down Ctrl and press c
go to desktop double click on the new folder you created (OE BkUp)
Click once anywhere in the white space within the blank area,
Hold down Ctrl and press v
all the folders and files will be copied (this may take a minute or two depending on how much stuff you have accumulated.)
You can now burn this new folder to CD along with all the rest of your stuff)
To restore OE emails etc when you have reformatted
Use File>Import and follow on screen directions.

For tips on using the File and Transfer Settings Wizard, see this post from rand 1038:
Please post back if you need further information.

Edited by paws, 19 March 2007 - 07:14 AM.

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:35 PM

I found the enclosed URL a very quick and easy way to do the job for me.


Hope this helps,

Kind regards,

#4 Valentin


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Posted 21 March 2007 - 05:32 AM

Thank you! I did some searches on the net and I found a program that does what I want: http://www.bodrag.co...ess-backup.html

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