How to Backup and Restore Outlook Express Messages, Address Book, and Accounts – wintips.org

Backing up your Outlook Express data is important, especially when your computer crashes or if you want to transfer it to a new computer. In this article, I will explain how to easily backup all Outlook Express data (messages, address book, and email account settings) and how to easily restore (or transfer) it to another Windows XP-based computer.

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Part 1: How to Backup Outlook Express Emails

Part 2: How to Recover Outlook Express Emails

Part 3: How to Backup Outlook Express Address Book (Contacts)

Part 4: How to Recover Outlook Express Address Book (Contacts)

Part 5: How to Backup Outlook Express Email Accounts

Part 6: How to Recover Outlook Express Email Accounts

Part 1: How to Backup Outlook Express Mail Messages

By default, all Outlook Express mail is stored in a single folder named “”.Outlook Express” under your current (Your_username) profile within this location:

  • C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{}\Microsoft\

for example “C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{D8F3C66E-965E-41AE-8A23-A58460ABAE00}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

So, if you want to backup your emails from Outlook Express, just copy “.Outlook Express” folder is found in the path above (by default). The path above is the default path where Outlook Express stores your email folders and messages. *

*Note: Before copying”Outlook Express” to add the folder to your backup location “Outlook Express” folder location on your computer. If you want to do this:

How to confirm the location of the Outlook Express store folder

1. Open Outlook Express and from the main menu select “Tools” > “Options“.

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2. At”Service“click on the tab, “Store folder” button to see where Outlook Express stores your files.

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Part 2: How to Recover Outlook Express Mail Messages

To restore Outlook Express email messages from a backup taken using the process described in Part 1:

1. Start Outlook Express and allow the program to create a new profile.

2. From the Outlook Express main menu, go to “”.File” > “ImportSelect ” and “Messages“.

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3. At”Select the programselect the ” box “Microsoft Outlook Express 6Click ” and “The next one“.

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4. Select “Primary ID”.Import mail from OE6 id” option and press “OK‘.

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5. Yes “Message Locationclick the “window” buttonReview“.

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6. Go to your backup location (eg “My Documents\Backup”), select “Outlook Express“click on backup folder and “OK“.

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7. Click on “The next one“.

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8. selectAll folders” to import Outlook Express messages from all your To import Outlook Express folders or messages, select a specific folder and click “The next one“.

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9. Now wait for the import process to complete and click “Termination” in the information window.

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You are done!

Part 3: How to Backup Outlook Express Address book

Method 1

To back up your Outlook Express address book, click “Address book” folder is found in this path (by default):

  • C:\Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Microsoft\

for example “C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\\Application Data\Microsoft\Address book

Method 2

Another way to backup the Outlook Express address book (Contacts) is “Export” feature from within Outlook Express. For this:

1. From the main menu of Outlook Express “Tools” > “Address book

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2. At”Address bookgo to “menu”.File” > “Export” > “Address Book (WAB)

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3. Specify a location (for example, your backup location) and a file name for the exported address book file, and click “Save“.

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Part 4: How to Restore Outlook Express Address book

1. From the main menu of Outlook Express “Tools” > “Address book“.

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2. At”Address bookgo to “menu”.File” > “Import” > “Address Book (WAB)

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3. Select the address book file to import (for example, “Admin.wab”) and press “It’s open“.

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5. Wait for the import process to finish and you’re done!

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Part 5: How to Backup Outlook Express Profile settings

You can use the Account Export Wizard in Outlook Express to back up your Outlook Express email accounts.

To export your Outlook Express account settings:

1. Open Outlook Express and go to “”.Tools” > “Accounts“.

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2. Yes Internet accounts in the window”Mail” tab, select the email account you want to export and click “Export“button”.

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3. Specify a location (for example, your backup location) and a file name (for example, “MailAccount.iaf”) and press “Save“.

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Part 6: How to Restore Outlook Express Account settings

You can use the Import Account Wizard from Outlook Express to restore Outlook Express email accounts.

To import your Outlook Express account settings:

1. Open Outlook Express and go to “”.Tools” > “Accounts“.

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2. Yes Internet accounts in the window”Mail“click on the tab, “Import” button.

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3. Select the exported account file from your backup (for example, “MailAccount.iaf”) and press “It’s open“.

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4. finally closing”Internet accounts” options window will pop up and you’re good to go!

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