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Windows 7: copy XP Outlook Express files to Win 7 XP Mode ?

21 Dec 2010   #11
Kari

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I have no experience of those converters. If you make a backup of those .dbx files, you should be OK even if converting does not work. Could be worth to try?

Kari


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27 Dec 2010   #12
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

G'Day Kari,

Hope you had a great Christmas and are somehow online again today to reply.

If I import my Outlook Express Messages and Address Book to Outlook 2007, thus converting them to .pst files in XP Mode, can these .pst files be copied across to Outlook 2010 running on Windows 7 Pro 64 bit ?

They are now pst files, but will Outlook 2010 accept them and how should I transfer or copy the files over ?

Thanks,
Murray
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27 Dec 2010   #13
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

P.S. Does it matter that XP Mode may be running in 32 bit, when Win 7 is a 64 bit system.
I just compared both systems and although I have 2 GB of RAM installed, the XP Mode is running with only 256 KB installed. The XP Mode system folder does not say whether it is a 32 or 64 bit system.

Do you know why I would only have minimal RAM in XP Mode ?

Thanks.
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27 Dec 2010   #14
Kari

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Hi Murray. Thanks, Christmas was great as told here.

Outlook 2010 can import all older PST's, inclusive Outlook 2007. Just open the PST you want to import:

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Virtual PC can run only 32-bit guest operating systems i.e. XP Mode and all other possible vm's in Virtual PC are always, without an exception, 32-bit. Importing a PST data file from an x86 to an x64 system is not a problem, not even when the old Outlook was x86 and new is x64. It's just a data file, it has nothing to do with core functions of application itself, or the operating system in which applications runs.

Virtual PC memory allocation to vm is done in settings. Open XP Mode settings, select Memory from the left pane, adjust the amount in right. Two things worth to notice: first, memory allocation can only be made when XP Mode is shut down, not when its only hibernated. Second, maximum amount RAM you can allocate to a vm in Virtual PC is the amount of RAM on your host minus 512 MB. For instance, if you have 2 GB of RAM on your host, the max you can assign to XP Mode is 1.5 GB.

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Kari


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27 Dec 2010   #15
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote:
Virtual PC memory allocation to vm is done in settings. Open XP Mode settings, select Memory from the left pane, adjust the amount in right. Two things worth to notice: first, memory allocation can only be made when XP Mode is shut down, not when its only hibernated.
I am sorry I am not following you with the above instruction Kari. If XP Mode (which includes Virtual machine) has to be shut down to make any memory allocation change, How can you open XP Mode Settings ?
I have shut down XP Mode and looked under Control Panel for Win 7 and can find no Settings for XP Mode in the list. What am I missing ?
Would you please explain further how to do this for this newbie ? Thanks
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27 Dec 2010   #16
Kari

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Open the subfolder Virtual Machines, located in your user folder. To open settings for a virtual machine, for instance XP Mode, select it and then either click the Settings button in toolbar, or right click vm and select Settings from context menu.

Kari

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27 Dec 2010   #17
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks Kari that is done. I think I will need more memory in XP Mode when Outlook 2007 is digesting all the OE6 data, converting them to pst files.
Once it is all imported into Outlook 2007, which I now have installed in XP Mode, I can change the memory balance back, for when Outlook 2010 has to import or copy? all the data over.

Where are all the .pst message files and Address Book for Outlook 2007 kept ? (String please)
I will need to hopefully browse to them to import them into Win 7 Outlook 2010.

Will Win 7 Outlook 2010 on the Host computer, import Outlook 2007.pst from XP Mode, another machine ?
I ask his because I had difficulty in importing with Outlook 2010 from another machine before.
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27 Dec 2010   #18
Kari

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Outlook 2007 PST files are in XP located in C:\Documents and Settings\Your_Username\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. Notice that Local Settings is a hidden folder.

I forgot to mention in my last post that opening a PST file in Outlook 2010 does not move it, it just opens it. This means that it's better first to move it to same folder in your host where you have other PST files, default location in Windows 7 is C:\Users\Your_Username\Documents\Outlook Files. If opening it from a network location, this location must always be available when using Outlook.

For XP Mode, 256 MB is terrible little RAM. I would give it at least 512 MB.

Kari
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27 Dec 2010   #19
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Yeah! Thanks Kari,
I had a lot to churn through so I gave it 1024MB and it still took around 2 hrs I think. Seems to have copied over to outlook 2007 OK. I will check again in morning, as I need some sleep now.

I am still unsure whether to just copy the pst files from the XP Mode location to the Outlook 2010 on Win 7 or to use the Outlook 2010 Import Wizard, which I have not tried yet, to move all the content over including Address Book etc.

Quote:
I forgot to mention in my last post that opening a PST file in Outlook 2010 does not move it, it just opens it. This means that it's better first to move it to same folder in your host where you have other PST files, default location in Windows 7 is C:\Users\Your_Username\Documents\Outlook Files.
Would you please confirm which way I should do it Kari ?
Does the above mean just copy the pst folders across to Outlook 2010, where it's pst files are ?

Many Thanks again Kari.
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27 Dec 2010   #20
Kari

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Yes. Copy the Outlook 2007 PST file(s) to folder Outlook Files in Seven. Then open it (them) with Seven's Outlook 2010.

Kari
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