Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Migrate Outlook Autocomplete Data (NK2 File Data) to new Vista - Office 2007 PC

Autocomplete is the drop-down suggestion window that appears when you start entering in an address in the To, CC:, or BCC: bar. Like you, this data is something I can't live without.

That data is stored in an NK2 file that for previous (non-Vista) OS's used to be stored in C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. Note that this location is not where your Outlook profile is by default stored. That location on non-Vista OS's is C:\Documents and Settings\{username}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. Notice the difference in the two paths above: The second includes traversal through the "Local Settings" folder.

Now, in Windows Vista, that folder doesn't exist. So, I had problems finding it...
...Turns out that the new location in Vista where your NK2 file is located has moved to fit it into the new structure. That new location where you need to copy the NK2 file is:

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