Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

This question already has an answer here:

I reinstalled my computer and I did a back up of the Outlook pst data files. Now I installed Outlook and added my email account. I told it to use the existing data file.

Then it started to download the messages. It downloaded the same messages from the server again!

I use POP3 but I have set it to keep the messages on the server, because I have multiple computers so I need to access the messages everywhere. I don't want to use IMAP, because then it requires an Internet connection to get the emails.

How to get it working?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Kevin Panko, Dave M, mpy, Scott Jan 31 '14 at 21:24

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

While I realize the accepted answer goes against your not wanting to use IMAP, it's still the same question. You may want to consider commenting, and placing a Bounty, on the existing question to get more/different answers – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Jan 30 '14 at 19:14

POP3 doesn't do a check to see what messages you already have. IMAP does though:

If you still want to use POP3 you can try something like this (setting the date of when POP3 should begin from on your webmail server):

If you don't have the option to tell POP3 what date to "start" downloading, then you will have to let it all download again, unless someone else has a trick or tool to have outlook check against existing messages.

share|improve this answer
@MikkoP Which webmail service is providing the email address? Gmail? The answer above is on the right track and I think you'll be able to find a solution in the webmail service's settings. – P Fitz Jan 30 '14 at 19:56

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.