Office Outlook 2007: Rules Migration

Migrating my older Office Outlook 2003 mailbox was seamless (or so it seemed). Outlook 2007 (with the help of Exchange Server 2007) was smart enough to figure all my settings just from the email address that I had specified during configuration. I easily added my older 2003 PST file using the normal Data File addition procedure.

What didn't happen was migration of rules from older system to the new one. For some reason, I could see them listed in the Tools -> Rules and Alerts menu but they wouldn't fire.

After breaking my head for a while this is what worked for me:

  1. One TIME only: On the Rules and Alerts box, Click on Options and then Click on "Upgrade Now" button. Then you will need to close the dialog boxes using Ok and apply J
  2. Now For every rule:
    1. Delete the rule
    2. Click Apply
    3. Click Ok
    4. Recreate the same rule
    5. Click Finish
    6. Click Apply

This is intentionally detailed for skipping any "Apply" or "OK" will not let your rules migrate!

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