Copy Outlook Profiles to a New Computer

When you are transferring your Outlook installation to a new computer, it is simple to move your mailbox folders. You just need to find and copy the PST file and move it to the new computer. But that is only half the battle. That moves your folders, but it does not move your account settings, all that info about your POP servers and logins. Recreating that can be a pain sometimes, and time consuming.

There is a way to copy all of that info in one go. It’s not quite as simple as moving a PST, but it’s not bad if you know what you’re doing. All of that info is stored in the registry, under the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook. All you have to do is export that key from the old computer, and import it on the new computer, and all of your account settings will copy over.

Starting with Outlook 2013, the registry key has changed to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\<version>\Outlook\Profiles.

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