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Old 01-03-2007, 03:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 01-03-2007, 03:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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there should be a setting to backup your date. at the worst case scenario, you should back up your application data folder then restore it
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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express is a pain to backup, unlike outlook.

this makes it easy, just download the trail and save to removable media

http://www.outlook-express-backup.com/
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you can export your messages and your address book but I don't konw about settings, they may well be covered by the FAST wizard but i don't know that.
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Yes from what I remember it backs up everything
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Old 01-04-2007, 03:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Hello,

Thank you for the replies. I also found Outlook Express Backup Genie From what I understood, it can backup other e-mail clients also. Pretty neat
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Old 01-11-2007, 01:31 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You don't really need any kind of backup software for backing up Outlook Express. I do it all the time on ppl's computers before I reinstall them. Basically all the emails are stored in a number of dbx files located in C:\Documents and Settings\"YOURNAME"\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{61923E53-EF3F-4E59-9D43-9C2BC333FE3D}\Microsoft\Outlook Express
^^ There may be a few folders in identities with different numbers if you have more than 1 identity in Express.
Just copy the files on to a removable device and then when you have re-installed point express to the copied location.
All you have to do is File>Import>messages>microsoft outlook express 6>import from oe6 directory>browse removal device>finish
Hey presto all your emails are back.
Also note - Export you mail account settings from Tools>Accounts>Mail>Export and save the iaf files for each mail account you have set up. This will eliminate the need to put all your pop servers etc. back in when you re-install.
And last thing remember your address book. Export it to a .wab file from adresses>file>export
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I can back up to 1 file with the prog intead of 3 without it.

and then i can resore the 1 file instead of importing 3 files
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