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What is the correct way to migrate Office 2007 PST from one machine to a fresh installation with Office 2010?

Several articles around the web seem to indicate that merely copying the Outlook.pst file to AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook would cause Outlook 2010 to use the file automagically.

But instead, after installation, Outlook 2010 insists on creating new accounts from scratch, and creates a separate .pst file somewhere inside My Documents.

I wanted to avoid importing from the old .pst file, because I wanted to get full data: accounts, mails and rules.

What should I actually do?

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  1. Backup HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook & %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\Outlook.pst
  2. Run the program for the first time, and exit the Startup Wizard; this will create the key in #1.
  3. Restore #1.
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