Just copying all files from the Store Folder doesn't seem to work.
When you re-installed Windows, your new user profile was assigned a new (randomly generated) OE identity. You need to either point OE to the backup copy of the message store, or copy the files to the new location.
You can change the message store to point to the backup from within OE:
You can manually copy the files as well. If your previous OE message store was in
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\<guid> and you copied it to
D:\oebackup, then you need to check
%USERPROFILE%\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities to see what the new GUID is.
Make sure to copy the original
folders.dbx because that is where OE stores all information about subscribed newsgroups and flags like what has been downloaded.
The groups don't show up and OE creates a new DBX file and calls it whatever.group (1).dbx for the ones I have resubscribed to.
Then you can recover the messages by starting over (make sure to keep your backup copy intact).
- Unsubscribe from the newsgroups
- Close OE
- Remove the newsgroup database (
- Start OE
- Set it to only download the minimum (50) headers at a time (Options⇨Read)
- (You can set this to
1 in the registry, but it’s easier to just disconnect from the Internet, then it will still create the
.dbx files for the groups, but not download any messages. You might however have to click the
[Stop] button in the Send/Receive dialog to avoid waiting for it to time out.)
- Subscribe to the groups
- Select the groups to have OE download one message for each one (and create
.dbx files for them)
- Close OE
- Copy the corresponding files from the backup, over-witing the new ones
- Start OE
- Click each newsgroup to have OE detect the messages already stored and update
folders.dbx as necessary
- Reset the number of messages to download
- You may need to switch steps 11 and 12
You can also give the tools at OEHelp a try to see if they can extract some messages, but if OE is not picking up the groups from your original backup copy, then something went wrong and it is broken (you said the system became un-bootable; whatever made it un-bootable could have caused
folders.dbx to become corrupted).