Backup and Restore
If you are the do-it-yourself type, or if you just want to understand a bit
more about OE complexities, here are three basic approaches to backing up your
Outlook Express files and settings.
- The Simple Backup is only for your email folders and
mail and news accounts settings, and it is indeed pretty simple.
- The Complete, or Clone, Backup is for everything in
your OE Identity, including email folders, news folders, message rules, blocked
senders, even your current view settings. It is very complex to describe, but
takes about 2-5 minutes to complete in practice.
- The Partial Backup is for groups of messages,
message rules only, blocked senders, etc. I suggest you read through all three
sections and then decide which best suits your needs.
For those who choose the Complete (Clone) Backup, it is strongly recommended that
you read about the basic structure of OE files and
registry settings and the OE Address Book.
OE Backup, free backup utility
Fellow MVP David "Majik" Guess has released a free utility called
OE Quick Backup. This
will backup everything in OE, including multiple Identities, mail folders,
newsgroups, address book and customized Identity settings. In fact, it does just
what my Clone Backup does, but much more easily. Or you
can back up only selected items, such as rules, much like my Partial Backup procedure, but without having to edit the
registry. I've added OE Backup to my Essential
OE Tools list. Add it to yours and say goodbye to manual backups.