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

01 Jan 2011   #21
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Downgrading from Office 2010 to Office 2007 ?

Hi Kari,

After using Office 2010 for a bit I find I do not like it very much and want to revert back to Office Enterprise 2007 which I had before, courtesy of my wife's workplace. There are no new documents or files created in Office 2010 to consider, only Outlook 2010 pst files converted over. So I want to go backwards in versions ,which often has compatibility problems. Are all .pst files just files as you said before, really interchangeable ?

So my question is -- Can I save the "Outlook Files" folder from Outlook 2010, with all the .pst files, uninstall Office Professional 2010 and then install Office Enterprise 2007. Finally replace the "Outlook Files" folder from this new Office 2007 with the one saved previously ?? This is all on Win 7 machine.

As soon as I have it set up in Win 7 I will uninstall it from my XP Mode as it is quite slow and not really workable on the virtual machine, probably due to the lack of memory I have allotted to it (512mb).

Thanks for the background and info Kari.

Regards,
Murray


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01 Jan 2011   #22
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

PS I should have mentioned the "Outlook Files" folder is over 3 GB in size.

Is there any special way to uninstall Office Pro 2010? or
Is it just Control panel\Programs and Features\Uninstall ?

Thanks
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01 Jan 2011   #23
Kari

 

I consider myself as quite experienced Office user; however, I have never reverted back to an older version of Office, so I honestly can not tell you if it works or not. Studying the PST-file format a bit, I can not see it has changed a lot from 2007 to 2010, so I believe it would work.

Read this Microsoft support article to see how Office 2010 should be uninstalled: How do I uninstall Office 2003, Office 2007 or Office 2010 suites if I cannot uninstall it from Control Panel?

Kari
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01 Jan 2011   #24
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Hi Kari,

I managed to uninstall Office 2010 OK using usual method with no problems.
I have installed Office Enterprise 2007 O but it is a 32 bit program apparently, so my Control Panel tells me, quote "Mail (32-bit)".
Since my Windows is a Win 7 Pro 64-bit system, I do not know if this will give me any grief down the track. Do you think I will have a problem here.

The strange thing that happened is that I copied the 'Outlook Files' folder to another drive before I uninstalled Office 2010. After then installing Outlook 2007, I went to the location where 'Outlook Files' were for Office 2010 and they were still there. They did not delete with the uninstall.

Where the Outlook files are kept on the new install of Outlook 2007 at C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst there are a number of files and folders.
Can you tell me what the RoamCache folder is for please ?
Every file is prefixed by "Stream_" including Autocomplete... , Calendar... , ConversationPrefs... , RssRule... , etc ?

I managed to stop Outlook from downloading everything again but only after it had grabbed 40 MB of emails. These started at the oldest emails I still have on my ISP's webmail. So I will delete this Outlook .pst folder and replace it with the 2010 saved one.
Then fingers crossed. I hope I don't blow it up or burn out another motherboard.
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01 Jan 2011   #25
Kari

 

RoamCache folder contains some saved information, for instance the file Stream_Autocomplete.dat contains your address auto complete list (the thing that remembers addresses typed to TO-field).

Bit version (x86 or x64) has nothing to do with PST-files. Both Outlook x86 and Outlook x64 can read 32-bit and 64-bit PST-files.

Kari
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01 Jan 2011   #26
Murray5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks Kari,

Much SUCCESS ! VERY Happy
I can go to bed now satisfied that I finally have the setup I was hoping for.
One that my wife will understand, as it is what she uses at work.
All seems OK after copying the 3 GB of email messages across.
Just have some setting up to do and some learning in how to actually use Outlook.

Many Thanks Again for your help Kari.
Best wishes for a Happy New Year and I pray for you good health over the coming months.

Kind regards,

Murray
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