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How to back up and to restore Outlook Express data
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This article was previously published under Q270670
For information about the differences between Microsoft Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook e-mail clients, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/257824/ )Differences Between Outlook and Outlook Express
This article describes how to back up and to restore the following items in Microsoft Outlook Express:
Outlook Express is an email client from Microsoft that shipped with Windows XP and Windows 2000. For Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7, you may want to install Windows Live Mail instead. Refer to this Microsoft Web site for more information:
Trying to download Outlook Express? Try Windows Live Mail instead
This article is intended for a beginning to intermediate computer user.You may find it easier to follow the steps if you print this article first.
How to back up Outlook Express items
Step 1: Copy message files to a backup folderStep A: Locate the Store folder
Step 2: Export the Address Book to a .csv fileImportant Make sure that you follow this step if you use multiple identities in Outlook Express.
Microsoft Outlook Express 5.x and Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 use a Windows Address Book (.wab) file to store Address Book data. The individual data for each identity is stored in a folder by user name within the .wab file that is used.
The only way to separate the Address Book data for different identities is to export the data to a .csv file while you are logged in as a specific identity. If the .wab file becomes dissociated from the user identities, the data can be exported only as one total. In this case, the data cannot be exported folder by folder.
There is another reason to export the .wab file to a .csv file. If the .wab file not exported to a .csv file, but the .wab file is shared with Microsoft Outlook, the addresses are stored in the personal folders (.pst) file in Outlook. When you export the file to a .csv file by using the File menu in Outlook Express, the correct contacts are exported. However, if the Address Book is shared with Outlook, you cannot use the File menu option to export from the Address Book. This option is unavailable.
To export the Address Book to a .csv file, follow these steps:
Step 3: Export the mail account to a file
Step 4: Export the newsgroup account to a file
How to restore Outlook Express itemsNote To restore items when you use multiple identities in Outlook Express, you may have to re-create the identities before you follow these steps. Repeat each step as needed for each identity.
Step 1: Import messages from the backup folder
Step 2: Import the Address Book file
Step 3: Import the mail account file
Step 4: Import the newsgroup account file
How to preserve the Blocked Senders list and other e-mail rulesFor more information about how to preserve the blocked senders list and other e-mail rules, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/276511/ )How to back up and restore Outlook Express Blocked Senders list and other mail rules