How to Reinstall Microsoft Outlook 2003 Without Losing Email & the Address Book

Written by matthew burley
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Microsoft Outlook 2003 can store your e-mails and organise your contacts. If the program starts behaving erratically, you may want to reinstall it. Because uninstalling Outlook 2003 does not delete your Outlook data file, you can reinstall the program without losing your e-mails and address book. After reinstalling Outlook, you simply need to point Outlook to the existing file from your previous installation.

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Things you need

  • Outlook 2003 installation disc

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  1. 1

    Click "Start" and "Control Panel."

  2. 2

    Click "Uninstall a Program" under the green "Programs" section.

  3. 3

    Click "Microsoft Outlook 2003" from the list of programs, then click "Uninstall."

  4. 4

    Click "Yes" to confirm that you want to uninstall the program.

  5. 5

    Insert your Outlook 2003 installation disc into the disc drive in your computer.

  6. 6

    Click "Run SETUP.EXE" in the "AutoPlay" window that opens.

  7. 7

    Check the box at the bottom of the window to accept the terms of the license agreement, then click "Next."

  8. 8

    Type your product key, then click "Next."

  9. 9

    Click "Install," then wait for the installation to complete.

  10. 10

    Launch Outlook, then enter your account information when prompted, such as your e-mail address, password, and incoming and outgoing server settings.

  11. 11

    Click "File" at the top of the window, then click "Open" and "Outlook Data File."

  12. 12

    Click the "Outlook" file, then click "OK."

  13. 13

    Click "Tools" and "e-mail Accounts."

  14. 14

    Click "View or Change Existing e-mail Accounts," then click "Next."

  15. 15

    Click the drop-down menu under "Deliver New e-mail to the Following Location," then click your old Outlook folder.

  16. 16

    Click "Finish," then close and restart Outlook to complete your reinstallation with your previous e-mails and address book.

Tips and warnings

  • You can back up your Outlook e-mails and contacts at any time by clicking "File" at the top of the Outlook window, then clicking "Import and Export." Click "Export to a File," then click "Next." Click "Personal Folder File (.pst)," then click "Next." Click "Personal Folders," click "Next" and then click "Finish."

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