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Windows 7: Outlook Help Pop to Imap

30 Mar 2011   #1

W7U 64Bit
Outlook Help Pop to Imap

Hello all,

I read a couple threads on trying to change the default outlook account from POP to IMAP.

I realize it is not that easy to do, I have tried to do it by just deleting the pop account and setting up a new one but that does not work.

When I try to change the default data file it is grayed out.

Can anyone help me with this issue?

Thank you,

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31 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hello Batmancd, welcome to the forum. :)

First things first - which version of Outlook (Office) are you using?
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31 Mar 2011   #3

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Hi there
I've been through this before -- note your service provider must be able to provide an IMAP service. If it can't then you are stuck with POP3 although most DO provide IMAP service now.

It seems it can't be done so do this.

1) download the Outlook BACKUP program pfbackup.exe from ms and SAVE your folders to disk / usb or whatever.

2) ensure you remember your account name and password, and server settings such as the mail servers names.

3) delete it.

4) re-create it but use IMAP insead of POP3.

5) Open the backup program pfbackup.exe -- in outlook 2010 its in the AAINS and on 2007 it's in the main file menu.

6) now move / copy these folders to the appropriate ones in your new account.

7) close the personal folders.

Now Outllok should work perfectly using IMAP.

Backup program can be found here

Download details: Outlook 2007/2003/2002 Add-in: Personal Folders Backup

Notes on how to use -- this DOES work on Outlook 2010 as well BTW.

Using the Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders Backup tool - Outlook - Microsoft Office


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