How to Move Outlook 2007 to Another Computer

By Phil Hoops

Microsoft Outlook 2007 is an email management application that enables you to merge all of your personal and work-related email accounts into one program.There may come a time when you need to transfer your Microsoft Outlook 2007 files to another computer in order to avoid data loss, such as when buying a new computer. Fortunately, the process of transferring your Outlook 2007 data is simple and soon you will have your email client up and running on another computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook 2007 installation disc
  • Flash drive

Step 1

Click on the "My Computer" shortcut on your computer's desktop to open it. Open the "Tools" tab at the top of the screen and select "Folder Options." Click on the "View" tab and check off the box next to the option titled "Show hidden files and folders." Press "Apply" to finalize your settings. It is necessary to view hidden files and folders, as the Outlook 2007 files (.pst) are hidden and cannot be accessed otherwise.

Step 2

Insert a flash drive into an available USB port on the computer with your Microsoft Outlook 2007 files. Locate the folder that contains the .pst Outlook files and right-click on it. Select the "Copy" option. Click on the "My Computer" shortcut on your computer's desktop and double-click on your flash drive under the heading "Devices With Removable Storage." Right-click within the window and select the "Paste" option. Remove the flash drive when the transfer process completes.

Step 3

Insert your Microsoft Outlook 2007 installation CD into your new computer's optical drive and follow the onscreen prompts to install the software. Restart your computer to complete the installation process.

Step 4

Insert your flash drive into your new computer. Double-click on the Microsoft Outlook 2007 shortcut on your new computer's desktop to open the software. Select the "File" tab at the top left portion of the screen and click "Open." Select the "Outlook Data File" tab and point the program to your flash drive, which is the location of your saved Outlook .pst files. Click "OK" to import all of your old messages and contacts into Outlook 2007 on your new computer.