Backing up Outlook Express

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 9 Nov. 2005 / Last Updated on 9 Nov. 2005]

A simple way to back up your mail and news settings for Outlook Express.

If you have a small network where your users use Outlook Express as their mail and/or news client, your users can easily use Windows XP's Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (FSTW) to back up their mail and news settings. Here's how: Open FSTW from System Tools in Accessories and select Old Computer. Then select Other and specify a location where you want to save your OE settings (My Documents will do fine for this). Then select  the option to specify a custom list of files and settings to save, and press ALT+R to delete everything from the list except Settings\Outlook Express. That's it. Now if a user messes up OE, she can run FSTW again to import her mail and news folders and messages and account settings and restore OE to its saved state.

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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