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Copying .nk2 files from one system to another

So one thing I forgot to do when moving sister from her old XP to her new vista was to grab the .nk2 files  


http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA011394511033.aspx


Copy the names in AutoComplete to another computer


Important  You must exit Outlook before starting the following procedure. The names will be included in AutoComplete when you restart Outlook.


  1. On the computer with the saved AutoComplete names, go to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.

    Note  Depending on your file settings, this folder might be hidden. To view the files in this folder, do one of the following:

    ShowMicrosoft Windows XP

    1. Click Start, and then click My Computer.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and then, under Advanced settings, under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

    ShowMicrosoft Windows 2000

    1. Double-click My Computer on your desktop.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options.
    3. Click the View tab, and then click Show hidden files and folders.
  2. Right-click profile name.nk2, and then click Copy.

    Tip  You can copy the file to removable media, such as a floppy disk or a CD, and then copy the file to the correct location on the other computer. Or you can attach the file to an e-mail message and send the message to yourself. On the new computer, open the attachment in Outlook, and then save it to the correct location.

     

  3. On the computer where you want to populate the AutoComplete feature, copy the file to drive:\Documents and Settings\user name\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook.
  4. If the Outlook user profile name is different on the computer where you are moving the .nk2 file, you must rename the file with the same Outlook user profile name after you copy it to the correct folder. For example, if you move Kim Akers.nk2 from the original computer with an Outlook user profile name of Kim Akers, and you copy the Kim Akers.nk2 file to the new computer, you must rename it with the Outlook profile name being used on the new computer.
  5. When prompted about replacing the existing file, click Yes.
  6. Open Outlook to view changes.



The trick of it was I needed to rename that old .nk2 file to “default.nk2″ on the new system and place it under c:\Users\Username.domain\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft.  And now her autocomplete is autocompleting.



1 comment so far ↓

  • #   Dale Unroe on 05.02.07 at 8:45 pm     

    There a very hand little tool out there to help deal with .nk2 files and the information contained within them.
    http://nk2.info/

    (P.S. – this works very wells with Office 2003 as it looks in the proper directory/folder; however,with Office 2007 changing paths you’ll have to help it find the correct folder)