Question about DBX files in Outlook Express

May 24, 2010 at 16:28:08
Specs: Windows XP
Hello how are you. I am trying to add my old DBX input files from old computer to my new computer and having problem pulling up the folders. I took the old DBX files and renamed then "inbox old.dbx". I found all of the other DBX files that were located in the Store Folder and copied those as well as the inbox old.dbx file to a new folder. I then changed the Store folder to point to the new folder with all of the DBX files. But then I restart Outlook, it is only showing original files and the not the inbox dol.dbx file. Do I need to restart my computer for the changes to be recognized? Do I have my store folder directory in a bad location? any ideas. Thanks for the help

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May 24, 2010 at 16:59:11
Export/Import would have been a better option.

I have found that the trick with dbx files is to save the old ones somewhere with their correct names, then when you are ready just copy them over the virgin ones on the new machine. The names must be identical obviously but there is then no need to point anything to a new Store Folder. Not sure if you have gone too far now to adopt this approach. This replaces whatever is currently in the new boxes but if there are just a few important new emails which have arrived they can be saved first, outside OE.

Reboot might well result in it picking up the new registry entries to match your changes but I'm not certain. Worth trying but if it doesn't fix your issue, you could create temporary folders in OE, then rename your saved dbx files to match them exactly and overwrite the temporary (empty) dbx files produced with those you saved. It should then be possible in OE to drag the emails from the temporary folders into their correct locations. Even if OE will not allow dragging to certain locations at least you would have the emails.

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