Use OST file location for fresh installation?

Outlook version
Outlook 2016 64 bit
Email Account
IMAP
My *.OST files are located in F:\Libraries\Documents\Office\Outlook, which is where I want it to be. I've been meaning to do a fresh clean Windows installation for awhile now, but the possibility of losing the custom path and OST files prevented me from doing so.

Is it possible when installing Outlook 365, to specify the existing files and location? If so, what would the steps I need to take be?
 

Diane Poremsky

Senior Member
Outlook version
Outlook 2016 32 bit
Email Account
Office 365 Exchange
Before creating the profile, you can set a registry key to use the custom path. Actually, if you are just refreshing the computer, you can export the outlook profile - that will bring the accounts and use the ost files. run the reg file before you open Outlook for the first time. This will reuse the ost file. If you create a new profile, it will create new ost files.

Move the ost file:

The profile is at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Outlook\Profiles

You could export the entire outlook or office keys - then after reinstalling office, but before running the apps, run the exported registry.
 
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