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    I've got a client that wants a new feature added to his backup program I've created for him. In all my AMS years, I haven't had the need to work with the registry (as it scares the you-know-what out of me). Now, I'm getting the impression, in order to accomplish an Outlook Express backup, that I'll have to.

    I've already started searching through the forums for some work-arounds, but off-hand, does anyone know how to get a list of the OE folders and their content reliably? Similarly, I'll have to insert those emails back, once the user does a restore. This will be for a general market application, so it would have to employ a method that would work across the board platform-wise.

    Sorry to hand this off to the group, but this is kinda a tricky element for me. I did this manually once by finding the OE folder and physically dragging the old content to the new one, but alas, MS seems to have a dynamically-named folder that wouldn't seem to stable to rely on name-wise or cross-platform-wise ("1039444909xx-03934" is hardly a rock... lol). Anyone know of a solid solution?

    Thanks in advance! You guys rock.

    Protocol
    Last edited by Protocol; 12-24-2007, 09:45 AM.
    "White-colla-AMS-gangsta."

  • #2
    Anyone?
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    • #3
      MS Outlook 2000


      Personal folders (.pst file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\ Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Note: <Current User> is your Windows name account.

      Outlook shortcuts (.fav file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Menu or toolbar customizations (Outcmd.dat file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Rules (.rwz file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Nicknames (.nick file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Signatures (.rtf, .htm, .html, or .txt file)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application\Data\Microsoft\Signatures

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

      Stationery (if you have created)

      - if there is a single Outlook user:
      C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationery

      - if there are multiple Outlook users:
      C:\Windows\Profiles\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationery

      Personal Address Book (mailbox.pab)

      C:\Windows\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook


      MS Outlook 2003

      Outlook data files (.pst)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Note: <Current User> is your Windows name account.
      <drive> is the location where the OS is installed.

      Personal Address Book (.pab)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Command bar and menu customizations (.dat)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Navigation Pane settings (.xml).

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.xml

      Registered Microsoft Exchange extensions (.dat)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Outlook contacts nicknames (.nk2)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Rules (.rwz)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Print styles (Outlprnt with no extension)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Signatures (.rtf, .txt, .htm)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

      Stationary (.htm)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Stationary

      Custom forms

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Forms

      Dictionary (.dic)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Proof

      Templates (.oft)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

      Send/Receive settings (.srs)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Message (.msg, .htm, .rtf)

      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\My Documents


      MS Outlook 2007

      Personal Folders file (.pst)
      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Note: <Current User> is your Windows name account.
      <drive> is the location where the OS is installed.

      Personal Address Book (.pab)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Command bar and menu customizations (.dat)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook\outcmd.dat

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\outcmd.dat

      Navigation Pane settings (.xml).

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Outlook\profile name.xml

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\profile name.xml

      Registered Microsoft Exchange extensions (.dat)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Outlook Contacts nicknames (.nk2)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Rules (.rwz)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Print styles (Outlprnt with no extension)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Signatures (.rtf, .txt, .htm)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Signatures

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Signatures

      Stationery (.htm)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Stationery

      Custom forms

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Forms

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Forms

      Dictionary (.dic)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\UProof

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\UProof

      Templates (.oft)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

      Send/Receive settings (.srs)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook

      Message (.msg, .htm, .rtf)

      - Windows Vista
      drive:\<Current User>\Documents

      - Windows XP, Windows Server 2003
      drive:\Documents and Settings\<Current User>\My Documents

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      • #4
        Outlook Express e-mail message store, along with the address book, usually resides in subfolders at the following paths:

        C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Identities\
        C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\
        C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook Express\
        C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\Microsoft\Address Book\


        This is correct for Outlook Express 4.0, however to correctly determine the location for Outlook Express 5.0, 5.5 and 6.0 e-mail store, it is recommended to search through the registry. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities registry key contains ID subkeys which correspond to active identities. Under the each identity key there is a \Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0 subkey which holds the required Store Root string variable. To determine the location of the address book file, take a look at the following registry keys:

        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB\Wab File Name
        HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\WAB\WAB4\Wab File Name


        Outlook Express e-mail data is usually comprised of the following items:

        E-mail and news (.dbx) folders for Outlook Express 5, 5.5, 6.
        E-mail and news (.mbx, .idx, .nch) folders for Outlook Express 4.
        Address book (.wab) file.

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        • #5
          This is excellent. Thank you, both!

          Protocol
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