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Windows 7: Using old .pst file in Outlook 2010

17 Oct 2012   #1

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Using old .pst file in Outlook 2010

There are a lot of questions about this and none of the proposed solutions seems to work for me. Now that MS has moved on to the 2013 version of the software, it still does not work on 2010. What did people do? Here is the problem.

I have a .pst file from Outlook 2007 on an old computer. I want to use that same .pst file on a new computer running Outlook 2010. I want all my new mail to go to the old .pst file and nowhere else. Now here is what I've tried and what seems to happen:

When starting O'2010 it needs your email address. I create that but then it creates a new .pst file named And it creates it in C:/Users/myname/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Outlook. If I try to move the new .pst file to the folder entitled C:/Users/myname/Documents/Outlook Files, then when I restart Outlook it recreates the deleted .pst file back in the AppData folder.

The people who seem to have fixed this have changed from IMAP to POP and configured manually. When I tried that I got a failure message when it tried to test the account. Is there a way to reuse the old .pst file with an IMAP account?

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18 Oct 2012   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dchall8 View Post
....When starting O'2010 it needs your email address.....
So don't start Outlook

You can put the old PST file in place first and point the Office/Outlook to it via the control panel applet named Mail [or Mail (32-bit)], then open Outlook "for the first time".

But at this point, I would not bother doing that. It is pretty easy to just use the new PST file that Outlook created and copy all of the old e-mails (and any folders), contacts, appointments... into the new PST - then close the old PST.
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18 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7

Okay it turns out the solution everyone must have used is to go with a POP account. My problem with the pop account was someone else originally set it up and misspelled my username in the account. I noticed it on the old computer, transferred the misspelled username to the new computer, and it loaded without errors. When you manually set up a POP account in Outlook 2010, you can attach it to any PST file you want.
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