This article describes how to backup and restore all items needed to make a perfect clone of your existing configuration. You can use this process for backup purposes, or when upgrading to a new computer, or to clone your configuration on another computer, or to allow multi-boot systems to have a single shared OE Identity.
Don't let the length of these instructions put you off trying this method. In practice the entire process takes no more than 5 minutes. In all honesty, you can download shareware utilities that will do exactly what this procedure does, but they will cost you money and almost the same amount of time.
OE does not store all your data in one place, which makes backing up a lot harder than it needs to be. Before you backup, I suggest you create a logical folder structure in Windows Explorer into which you move all your current OE files. This takes only a few minutes to do and only has to be done once. It will make it much easier to maintain regular backups.
Decide on a permanent location for your OE files. This location will be saved
as part of the backup files, so if you want to move them to another drive,
now is the time to do it. In fact if you have more than one hard drive, it is
best to create this structure on a non-system drive. You cannot use a network
(shared) drive nor a removable drive. If you plan to dual-boot and share OE,
use a drive that is visible to all the OS systems you plan to use.
In Windows Explorer create this folder tree on the drive of your choice.
If you use multiple Identities, each must have its own message store folder,
so open the Message Store folder and create one sub-folder for each Identity.
Then do the same in the Registry keys folder. All Identities share a single
address book, so you don't need sub-folders in Address Book.
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You can clone your Identity on any version of Windows and restore it to any other version, provided both versions are running OE5.01 or later. Do not try to share OE5.0 with another OS unless it also is running OE5.0. It is best if both Windows versions are running the same version number of OE.
If you create your Identity in Windows 2000 or Windows XP, be careful when exporting the 4 registry keys. Both export keys to Unicode text files with the *.reg extension, but those files are not readable by earlier versions of Windows. Therefore when exporting, you must click the option and change it to .
Passwords are stored in the registry in encrypted form, and so they are not included in an exported registry key. You will therefore have to re-enter your mail and news passwords manually. To do so, click, delete whatever is in the password field, then enter the correct password.
If you have mail or news accounts that are configured toa specific dial-up connection, you must be certain that your dial-up connections on the restored (or secondary) system have exactly the same names. You can see if any account is so configured in OE by looking under . To the right of each account you will see the connection setting. You can change this by clicking on the button for the selected account, then clicking on the tab. Uncheck the box to set the account to . Alternatively, if you are using Win9x (not Win2000 or WinXP) you can also make easy backups of all your dial-up connections.
If you backup your OE data folder to a CDROM, all the files will be marked as
read-only. When you restore those files to your hard disk, you must reset this
attribute for all OE files or OE will not be able to use them. Right-click on
each file, click
to change all the files at once.