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Outlook Express


The computer has died, but access to the hard drive is put it into a USB hard drive enclosure. We need to retrieve email account settings and Emails.

The account settings are buried deep in the registry.

You can load the old user hive from the USB disk, export the account settings keys and then import them into your live registry.

1.    Open registry editor: click start, click Run, type regedit, click OK

2.    Highlight HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, select File, Load hive and open D:\Documents and Settings\Jules\ntuser.dat, depending on the drive letter and path to your user profile on the USB disk.

3.    You should then be able to highlight and export the key Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager using File and Export from the loaded hive and highlight and import them back into HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager using File and Import.

Emails should be stored in the following folder

D:\Documents and Settings\**username**\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\**identity**\Microsoft\Outlook Express

Simply copy this folder across to your C: drive. You may want to rename the existing folder just to be on the safe side.


on point 2, its asking me 'Load Hive' for a 'Key Name:' ?

It's just asking what name you would like the mounted hive to appear as in registry editor. Call it OLD_COMPUTER. You'll then be able to open this new key and navigate to the Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager key in step 3. also suggests this should work. You may need to delete the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager\Accounts before you do the import, in case it is corrupted after the import.

Method 2

1.    Create account in Outlook Express (just put "test" in every field)

2.    Find that account in the registry under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager\Accounts and copy the binary value in "AssociatedID"

3.    Edit the .reg file that you exported which contains the real account info from the backup and modify the key names to reflect [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Account Manager\Accounts]

4.    Change AssociatedID to the value that you copied from the "test" account (e.g. "AssociatedID"=hex:f5,53,3f,1f,64,43,88,4f,bz,82,dc,32,79,ac,b9,34

Save your .reg file and merge it.

Retrieve old Outlook Express address book

Scan the old disk for *.wab and import it into the new Outlook Express.

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