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Windows 7: Need to reinstall Outlook, but can't access it to save pst files

17 Nov 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Need to reinstall Outlook, but can't access it to save pst files

My primary user profile is corrupted and I am going to have to reinstall Windows 7. Because I cannot access my old user profile, I cannot start Outlook 2010 and access my email files. However, I have located the Outlook.pst files and have saved copies of them. What I am wondering is, once I have Outlook 2010 installed on the fresh OS install, how can I restore my email and email settings? I suspect that it is far too much to expect that I can just copy the pst files to the proper location. However, without being able to start Outlook, I can't follow the recommended procedures for backing up the mail data.

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance.

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18 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64


Actually, it is as easy as that - the .PST file is independant of Outlook, so once you have reinstalled and opened Outlook with a default mail account, simple replace that .PST with your older one, or setup Outlook to read the older .PST in whatever location you choose.

These might prove useful:
Outlook PST Data Files - Backup
Outlook PST Data File - Move
Outlook 2010 - Copy Existing PST Folders to New PST

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18 Nov 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thanks, Golden. I did find some of those tutorials after I posted. I was in a bit of a panic when all this happened and am just starting to be a bit more methodical. It's great that it is indeed that simple.
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