Having to create a new mail profile on the PC is a recurring situation over time, and is basically a simple step, however it can present complications when it comes to moving the user to a new computer or completely destroying the profile. Microsoft Outlook and create a new one to troubleshoot.
In these cases it often happens to discover that the user believes that the auto-completion of the addresses is the address book, naively ignoring that it is only a cache to lose what is typed in the address fields.
When configuring the new Microsoft Outlook all these addresses are lost and panic breaks out, it is not worth remembering to save contacts in the address books, old habits die hard, especially when they are extremely comfortable.
Before version 10 of Microsoft Outlook, these contents were parked in a specific file, but with the changeover the approach has changed, the file that contains this information is in fact different from previous Outlook versions.
Where is the autocomplete data stored?
The autocompletion data is in the user profile and more specifically in the path:
The file we are interested in consists of a name and a code that associates it with the Outlook profile, the common part of the name is:
The full file name looks like this:
By saving this file it is then possible to have the auto-completion addresses back in the new profile, as well as having it associated with a different mailbox.
How do you reassociate the file with the new profile?
The reset operation is simple and requires some simply listed steps.
- Open the new Outlook
- Write an email to an address and send the message, Outlook must be able to send without errors
- Go to the% userprofile%\appdata\Local\Microsoft\Outlook\RoamCache folder
- Copy the old file inside
- Locate the most recent auto-complete file saved by Outlook, it is also the smallest, it contains only one address
- Copy the new file name and delete the file
- Rename the old file with the saved name
- Close and Start Outlook and try typing an address in a new email
- And here we have saved and recovered what normally could not be saved.