How to back up and restore Outlook Express data

How to back up Outlook Express Message


Step 1: Copy message files to a backup folder

Locate the Store folder

  1. Start Outlook Express.

  2. Click Tools, and then click Options.

  3. On the Maintenance tab, click Store Folder.

  4. In the Store Location dialog box, copy the store location. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Put the mouse pointer at one end of the box under the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.

    2. Press and hold the left mouse button, and then drag the mouse pointer across the Your personal message store is located in the following folder box.

    3. Press CTRL+C to copy the location.

  5. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box.


How to restore Outlook Express items

Note 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

  1. On the File menu, point to Import, and then click Messages.

  2. In the Select an e-mail program to import from box, click Microsoft Outlook Express 5 or Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and then click Next.

  3. Click Import mail from an OE5 store directory or Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and then click OK.

  4. Click Browse, and then click the Mail Backup folder.

  5. Click OK, and then click Next.

  6. Click All folders, click Next, and then click Finish.