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I understand that this question might not have an answer quite yet, but when you either format and start over, get a new hard drive, or move into a new computer, how easy is it to get your new installation of Outlook 2007/2010/2013 to be precisely like it was before with almost no effort? That is, as though you never formatted and started over. I find it to be amazingly easy in Outlook 2003 even in Windows 8.1, but Windows 8.1 is growing on me (I'm using the 90-day Windows 8.1 Enterprise Evaluation) and if I want a properly-functioning mailto protocol, then I will need to buy either Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013. I would also be buying the same version of Word because I strongly prefer to use Word as my e-mail editor.

 

Here's what I do in Outlook on a fresh installation of Windows 7 and 8.1 these days:

 

  1. Install Outlook 2003 and Word 2003.
  2. Install Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 products
  3. Open Outlook
  4. Set up one of my 3 e-mail accounts (I'm not sure yet if this is a necessary step)
  5. Immediately after finishing, I close Outlook
  6. Then, I use Microsoft Office 2003 Save My Settings Wizard to restore my settings
  7. After that, I copy/paste the following files from my backups folder to their correct AppData folders: Outlook.pst, Archive.pst, and Outlook.NK2
  8. Open Outlook
  9. Enter the passwords for my e-mail accounts (they are not stored in my backups for the sake of security)
  10. Continue as normal

 

I mean, other than entering my passwords, there's no reconfiguring of anything. It goes back to being precisely the way I had it before - and believe me, I have it pretty well customized past the defaults.

 

Anyway, this process is extremely slick and it works every single time - unlike Import and Export. lol I've tried that, and I always end up with a problem somewhere - usually when clicking the "To" button in order to go grab an e-mail address from my Contacts. If I used Import instead of just what I described, then I'm usually told that the Contacts can't be opened. lol My way of doing things results in absolute perfection.

 

So, how about Outlook 2007, 2010 and/or 2013?

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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
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Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
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