The standard way (and usually best! way) to move user account settings from
one computer to another is to use the User Migration Wizard. That tool
exists on the Windows XP disk, and will port over all user data and most
important account settings.
I'm not talking about THAT tool... it's pretty straightforward. This
document describes another technique, which makes use of facilities built into
Outlook Express and Outlook 2003, used in conjunction.
Lets say you do not wish to use the Migration Wizard. This describes a
work-around that I have used successfully to move account logon information.
Text version Summary: this assumes that you have *never*
used Outlook Express for email. If you have, you will have slightly
different screens; because the accounts will already be existing in the program
1. Open Outlook Express on the old computer
2. Import the Mail and Account settings.
3. Export the Mail and Account settings as IAF files to a known location.
4. Open Outlook Express on the new computer
5. Import the IAF mail and account settings from the known location.
6. Open Outlook 2003 and import the existing settings (from Outloook Express).
Open Outlook Express on the "old computer".
Import the existing Email account settings into Express (assuming that you
have not already done so),
using File/Import/Mail Account Settings...
You get a connection wizard that identifies your existing Outlook settings.
Select the account(s) you wish to import...
Now they are part of the Outlook Express data.
Save the accounts to .IAF files to a disk location that you can reference
from the new computer...
Export the existing account settings from Outlook Express...
And save them to a location that you will be able to reference when you are
logged onto the other computer, or copy them to some media that will transfer
Open Outlook Express on the "New computer".
Using Tools/Accounts open the Internet Accounts folder that you saved the .IAF
files to and import each of the settings files
which gives you...
and continue until done...
OK... allmost there! Open Microsoft outlook 2003, and
select File/Import and Export
You are going to import Internet Mail Account settings...
and then for the accounts selected...
import each one.... you will have to reinput the passwords. (that
apparently didn't get saved).