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Is there a way to actually export email account settings in Outlook 2010? By account settings I mean things like incoming and outgoing servers, account names, user names, passwords and connection settings like security and port setting.

I have like 16 email accounts and for this reason, I really have to say that I hate reinstalling Outlook! I don't even need to reinstall Outlook, but since Outlook is part of the Office 2010 suite and I need to reinstall it, it is inevitable. I know that this was not possible in previous versions, but I don't know about 2010. I only read about some registry hacks but I'm not sure it even works.

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If you are familiar with the Registry Editor, navigate to and export;

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows Messaging Subsystem\Profiles\Outlook.

After you move your PST file over, import this registry entry to the new PC. It will have all of your account settings. You may have the enter the password for each of those 16 accounts.

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So this will work even if I am not moving from one PC to another? I just need to reinstall Office, I am not migrating to a different computer. I will definitely try this, and I hope it works. If it fails I guess I will just have to add every single account manually again. I have all the settings noted down, it's just an inconvenience to have to add all that information manually. I'm OK with typing in the passwords again. –  sammyg Sep 7 '12 at 19:07
Yes. Just make sure you save the .reg file in a safe place so it doesn't get deleted when you uninstall Office. Then after the reinstall, run the reg file and it will restore the settings. –  CharlieRB Sep 7 '12 at 19:16
FYI, if you do this, the imported account takes over and obliterates any default Outlook/Exchange account that exists on the target computer. –  J Wynia Mar 20 '13 at 23:52

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