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October 12, 2004 12:37:03 AM

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I recently had to re-install my Windows XP Pro operating system. The process
did not delete my program files and after going through the process I was
able to re-create shortcuts to all my programs, recover my documents and even
my favourites in IE6.
However, I don’t know how to recover my Outlook Express 6 Address Book and
contents of my Sent Items and Inbox folders. (I was able to set up my e-mail
account again just fine but the Address Book and all folders are empty).
Can these be recovered? Where does the operating system store these?
Thanks
HiramHC
Sydney Australia

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October 12, 2004 4:47:09 PM

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"HiramHC" <HiramHC@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D 9ECE943-C94E-43EA-8AFB-4CDD6397C8C2@microsoft.com...
>I recently had to re-install my Windows XP Pro operating system. The
>process
> did not delete my program files and after going through the process I was
> able to re-create shortcuts to all my programs, recover my documents and
> even
> my favourites in IE6.
> However, I don't know how to recover my Outlook Express 6 Address Book and
> contents of my Sent Items and Inbox folders. (I was able to set up my
> e-mail
> account again just fine but the Address Book and all folders are empty).
> Can these be recovered? Where does the operating system store these?
> Thanks
> HiramHC
> Sydney Australia

Recovered?

It depends on what you still have (on disk, backed up or not) and what you
did with the re-install.

AFA the address book is concerened.
This is normally kept in \:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your loginname>\Application
Data\Microsoft\Address Book as
<your loginname>.wab

If after re-install you created a new loginname not equal to your old
loginname then you could just rename the old one to the new name and put it
in the newname location under <new loginname>.wab

AFA the mail(folders) is concerned.
Those are normally kept in:
C:\Documents and Settings\<your loginname>\Local Settings\Application
Data\Identities\{A7643346-DC5E-4D88-947E-CE7D3BB8D00F}\Microsoft\Outlook
Express
with pretty much self-explanatory filenames like inbox.dbx and so on.
See if the <old loginname> structure still exists.
If so, you're lucky.
Simply copy all the files there into the <new loginname> location and you
should have everything back.

Hope this helps a little to get you back on track.

george
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