Solved How do I migrate all user data and programs to another PC ?

May 24, 2017 at 01:34:31
Specs: Windows 10, I7
How do I migrate all local user applications /programs , application files , program files and user files/folders to another fresh operating system ?

Basically a heavy user with a lot of application files and programs has a new computer . Usually I would clone the drive (clonezilla/ Aomei) then deploy the cloned image on the new computer . However this has failed on numerous attempts because of different interfaces on the new machine..

My main concern is Office and outlook in particular , this user has hundreds of thousands of emails, which are organised in outlook's user interface by using rules and categories . The emails themselves are not the challenge , as these emails are hosted but, this user has tons of user configurations that I am afraid will be lost on the migration . The emails themselves are hosted ( googlmail) and can be synced to any machine but there is a hell of a lot of user config which is done on that local machine . Simply reinstalling outlook on another machine and signing in will sync the inbox/calander/contacts from the cloud but , user configurations such as categorizing inbox and rules would be lost - unless I learn to migrate it right?

Please advise


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#1
May 24, 2017 at 03:15:54
All applications & programs will have to be re-installed from scratch if this is a fresh Windows install.

Can't help you with Outlook as, although I use it, there is only one user (me). Backing up & migrating a single mail account is easy (I only have one outlook.pst file to backup), but dealing with multiple email accounts is not something I've ever had to do.

You'll probably have to post that problem separately to get help on that.


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#2
May 24, 2017 at 04:23:19
Hi Phil

It is only one user but, I have heard issues surrounding our hosted gmail mail server ( integrated with Googleappssync) platform working with imported pst files from outlook

What is included in a pst file , does this include the rules , settings macros, nv2 file ect ect ?

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#3
May 24, 2017 at 04:35:37
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The pst file will contain mail/calendar/contacts/notes/tasks. Rules will need to be exported to a file, then imported to the new Outlook setup.

The nk2 file and pst files should be located here: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Outlook

What other "configurations" does the user have?



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#4
May 24, 2017 at 04:56:03
Jus to add to what beachy has said above, the VBA macro project files are also in the same location mentioned in #3. These can be copied and pasted to another machine into this location, and when Outllook launches it will load the project.

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