Help needed please - Outlook 2000 to Windows 7

  Mittens 18:29 06 Jun 2012

Please can somebody help me?

I've got my new laptop and have got Outlook 2000 installed OK, I've saved all my contacts and emails from my old PC in a backup.pst file, which I've got saved on my new desktop.

When I try to import the file into Outlook 2000 I get an error message "The messaging interface has returned an unknown error. If the problem persists restart Outlook".

Also, when I open Outlook I get a box come up asking if I want to allow the following programme (Outlook.exe) from an unknown publisher to make changes to this computer.

  Woolwell 19:51 06 Jun 2012

Outlook 2000 is not supported on Windows 7. There are some work rounds but you will probably find problems with the address book and saving of email passwords.

You could be better moving to a later version of Outlook or switching to Windows Live Mail.

  Mittens 20:19 06 Jun 2012

So if I move to Windows Live Mail, will I be able to import all my emails and contacts?

  Woolwell 20:36 06 Jun 2012

It's not straightforward. Do you still have the old laptop?

  Woolwell 20:43 06 Jun 2012

Have a look at this Outlook 2000 to Live Mail

  Mittens 20:51 06 Jun 2012

Thanks Woolwell - yes I still have the old PC. I really would much prefer to continue to use Outlook 2000 if possible, so if anybody can tell me in words of one syllable how to import my emails and address book it would be great.

  Woolwell 21:50 06 Jun 2012

The problem is that Outlook 2000 is a very old program. You could try running it in XP compatibility mode if your version of W7 has it.

Alternatively go back to your old Pc open Outlook 2000 and export contacts as csv files and then import into Windows Live Mail. You can try that with e-mails too but you may lose some text.

It may be better to use Thunderbird on the old system import from Outlook and then transfer that across. Or install a trial version of Outlook 2010 in the new laptop, import your saved pst files and then transfer to Thunderbird.

Sorry this seems complicated but Microsoft uses pst with Outlook which isn't really recognised by anything else.

  Mittens 07:00 07 Jun 2012

Looks as though I'll have to say goodbye to Outlook 2000 then and go with WLM or perhaps Thunderbird. Thanks again for your help.

  Clapton is God 11:24 08 Jun 2012


2003 is the 'oldest' version of Office/Outlook which runs happily in Windows 7 if you can get your hands on a copy.

That's what I run at home with no problems.

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