Backup and restore Outlook Express message rules

To backup your rules in Outlook Express(OE) 5 you have to use regedit :
  1. Start regedit
  2. Locate following registry entry and export it:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Identities \{GUID} \Software \Microsoft \Outlook Express \5.0 \Block Senders]

  3. Locate following registry entry and export it:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Identities \{GUID} \Software \Microsoft \Outlook Express \5.0 \Rules \Mail]

To restore your rules in OE, you have to use notepad and regedit :
  1. Start regedit
  2. Locate following registry entry:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER \Identities \{GUID}]
    UserId = {GUID}

  3. Double click the UserId and save the value to clipboard (CTRL+C)
  4. Open each of the exported registry files with notepad and replace the old { Identity Number } with the new one (Saved in Clipboard).
  5. Save the now changed exported registry files.
  6. Import the exported registry files
Related Take advantage of message rules in Outlook Express

More Info MS KB181084
More Info MS KB276511

Updated: 23 September 2007

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