How to Export and Import Outlook Account Settings –

In this article, I will explain how to back up your Outlook account settings and then restore (transfer) them to another computer. Unfortunately, there is no user-friendly way to back up your Outlook account settings, as all versions of Outlook store account settings in the Windows registry under this key:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles

So, if you want to back up account settings from Outlook, you need to export this key from your registry and then import it to your new computer. The only drawback of this procedure is that you have to re-enter the passwords for your email accounts on the new computer.

Restore Outlook account settings backup

Outlook Accounts – Export

How to Export (Backup) Outlook Proflie Account Settings.

To back up your Outlook account settings:

1. Open it by going to “Registry Editor”.Start0he4stus and inRunning” box type regedit and press “Introduction”.


2. In the registry editor right click toExport“”Profiles” key is located under this address in the registry:*

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\

for example: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles”

* In Outlook 2013 right click toExport“”Profiles” key is found under this address in the registry:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\

for example: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Outlook\Profiles“key.


3. Mark it the destination to store the exported registry key file (for example, your backup location). file name for an exported registry key file (eg “OutlookProfiles”) and press “Save“.


Outlook Accounts – Import

How to import (restore) Outlook profile account settings

If you want to restore your Outlook account settings to your new computer using the exported “”.Profiles” registry key file (as described in step 1) without problems, make sure that:

  1. A new user account on a new computer has the same nameas the old user account (on the old computer).
  2. You have transferred (copied) an Outlook PST data file (eg “outlook.pst“) for the same way (disk space) as in the old computer.
  3. You have installed the same version of Outlook (office version) on both computers.

1. Shut down all Outlook windows.

2. Navigate to the location where you saved (exported).Profiles“registry key (eg “OutlookProfiles.reg”) and double click to import Outlook accounts settings inside the registry.


3. answer “Yes” to “User account management” warning message.


4. Now open Outlook and voila.. your Outlook account settings are there. All you need to do is enter (login) your password(s) for your email accounts.

That’s it!

Also Read: How to Backup Outlook 2003, 2007, 2010 or 2013 PST Data File. (Mail, Contacts, Calendar and Tasks)

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