An Overview of Moving Outlook Emails to New Computer
Moving emails stored in Outlook Express (OE) on your old computer to your new computer is as basic as moving the OE folders to the new computer. For this, you need to know the location of the OE folders and files.
You also need to keep in mind that the Outlook folders are profile-specific. This means that there are as many Outlook folders as the number of user profiles. Keeping track of the Outlook folders for each user profile is necessary to avoid mess-ups. Although you can use the search option to find the Outlook folders, I don't recommend it as it creates confusion as to which folder belongs to whose profile.
There is another easy method for locating each Outlook folder specific to different user profiles. This method allows you to copy each user's Outlook folder one at a time to a disk or external drive such as a flash drive and then to move your Outlook mails to the new computer.
The next section explains how to move Outlook Express emails to a new machine by locating user-specific OE folders.
Tip: The easiest method is to use an online backup system such as Mozy or IDrive that offer you free backup up to 2 GB. While backup is not the main issue here, these two systems offer you the facility of selecting the preset folders: favorites, Outlook Express, My Documents, and other important folders. You can just tick the check boxes against these folders to create a backup of the Outlook folder without even having to locate it. The software does it for you. Once you create the backup, you can connect to the account using the new computer, select restore, and overwrite the Outlook files on the new computer. This is the easiest and safest method for copying all your important data to the new machine without any hassles. To access any of the above mentioned services, you just visit their websites by clicking on the following links—Mozy or IDrive—and following the instructions.