Importing/Exporting email account settings in office 2010

Discussion in 'Microsoft Office' started by rasputinuk, May 8, 2011.

  1. rasputinuk

    rasputinuk MDL Member

    May 21, 2007
    Hi guys,

    Anyone know of an easy way to import/export email account settings in office 2010.

    I've tried the export Reg Key HKCU\software\microsoft\windows nt\windows messaging subsystem\profiles with varying results, I normaly have to get my hands dirty and fiddle about with the settings etc to get it to work.

    And if I set up more than one account only the main account works, the other accounts are displayed but minus the inbox etc.
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  2. rasputinuk

    rasputinuk MDL Member

    May 21, 2007
    Ok. I've discovered a way of doing this;

    first run RegEdit and find the following key; HKCU\software\microsoft\windows nt\windows messaging subsystem\profiles you should see an entry called Outlook (you can rename this key to anything you wish) now export it to Documents\Outlook Files now copy the directory Outlook Files to a USB stick or a USBHDD for example.

    To import the settings you first copy the Outlook Files folder over to Documents\ Double click on the .reg file to import the registry settings.
    Next goto Start\control panel\All Control Panel Items\Mail (32bit)\Show Profiles And select the profile you just imported highlight it and select advanced. in the e-mail settings re-enter you e-mail password (as this not saved when exported).

    that's it run Outlook :biggrin:
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  3. thethingy

    thethingy MDL Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2010
    if you have an imap account then you dont need to import/export as imap will just set it's self up as it was on your new office, for pop you just copy the pst files.
  4. frumpyhumper

    frumpyhumper MDL Novice

    Jan 15, 2012
    FANTASTIC. I just reg'd at this site purely to tell you you are my new god.

    The entire stoooped interwebz including and especially Microsoft say "can't be done, must start over, no way to do it... except maybe by paying $40-50 for a 3rd party tool... give it up and suck it up and start re-entering all your info, if you're lucky you can point at your old PST files but you have to put all the account config back in manually".

    WRONG. Obviously this is EXACTLY what the 3rd party tools do and it worked a treat for me!

    The only thing that got me a bit was I somehow at first was putting the files in the wrong place.

    Once I got it figured out, I dumped all my files from the other Outlook 2010 machine into \Users\*username*\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook, fired up Outlook and it worked PERFECTLY.
    BTW this includes: 3 IMAP accounts plus the default Outlook PST file containing all my Notes/Contacts/etc.

    I did not have to re-enter passwords either. Even got my "MDL" registration email automatically 3 minutes after it all worked.

    I would say that it is a pathetic travesty that 1. Microsoft's 'new' "Easy Transfer" utility is so much WORSE than the old "File and Settings Transfer" utility, which did a decent job of this stuff, and 2. That they don't even provide the Office settings backup/transfer utility any more is incredibly annoying. Very close to enough to make me choose a Mac next time. How they haven't actually made the process of moving to a new PC BETTER instead of WORSE just amazes me. This is much worse than it was 3-4 years ago w/ XP... Having to hand-transfer or re-setup-by-hand all kinds of configurations and settings is just unbelievable.

    ANYWAY - huge thanks for the tip Rasputin - I hope this page gets more hits because its the only one I saw out of dozens I looked through that had the right good answer! Whoo hooo- outlook working without reconfiguration! :biggrin5::D:worthy:
  5. Oz

    Oz MDL Expert

    Sep 1, 2009
    Thanks for sharing this info. Don't use this horrible program myself, but know someone who does and needed help with it.
  6. rogierius

    rogierius MDL Novice

    Jul 31, 2009
    Would this work transfering account settings from 2007 to 2010?
  7. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008