Skip to main content

Backup Outlook Express email

Posted October 2004 by Steve Sinchak

One of the most important things to create backup copies of, is your email messages. Here's a short guide on how to do this if you use the Outlook Express mail client.

Copy the following folder:

C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities{long sequence of numbers and letters}\Microsoft\Outlook Express

to a backup location (blank CD, Zip disk, backup HD, etc.).

To import the email back into OE:

  1. Open Outlook Express
  2. Click File - Import - Messages
  3. Highlight Microsoft Outlook Express 6, and click Next
  4. Choose Import mail from an OE6 store directory, and click OK
  5. Browse to the location (folder) where you backed up your email and click OK.

That's it. You've now imported all your old emails.

This is especially useful for clean installs of your operating system, or moving emails to a different machine.

Originally submitted by Vector

Related Posts

If you own a Google Chromecast streaming device, you can easily share a browser tab in Chrome browser or even your entire desktop.  This can be very useful when presenting from your laptop or if you just want to watch something on a big screen that is only on your PC.  The only requirement is you must be on the same network as your Chromecast...

Read More

If you are a fan of minimalist desktop experiences, hiding the desktop icons are an easy way to clean up the Windows interface.  Instead of saving everything to your desktop, use the default profile folders such as downloads and documents.  Actually hiding all the icons on your desktop is a very simple customization hidden in the right-click context menu.  Just right-click on the desktop, select View...

Read More

Google security researchers have published details about a major security flaw found in the SSL protocol that is used to encrypt data transferred between your browser and a web server. SSL is typically used in situations where logon credentials are validated...

Read More

Enabling two-factor authentication is a great way to add an additional level of protection to your Microsoft account.  Even if your password is stolen, your account is still protected because two-factor authetication requires an additional level of verification to log in. Microsoft calls their version of two-factor authentication "two-step verification" and it works by providing you with a random code...

Read More