In upgrading a disk in my system at home, I decided to move the user profiles across to the new drive, as it has gobs of free disk space. Easy.

BUT....Microsoft intervenes in my journey to disk free space nirvana by NOT using the profile folder when recording the location of Outlook's PSTs - it hard-codes 'C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME]\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\...etc' which, while in the profile structure, doesn't get updated when the profile is moved. Quite why it couldn't use '%USERPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook\' or' %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Outlook\' defies belief.

I should have been forewarned of course, since it also says that vendors should use [ProgramFilesFolder]\[VendorName]\[ApplicationName] for installations, but ignores that for IE, Office, NetMeeting (which eschews even the 'Microsoft' part in the application name), Live...

Maddening...
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You can export your mail to standalone PSTs and attach to them from any drive. Are you referring to OST files?
Answered 01/11/2010 by: airwolf
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I know that, Andy, thanks. My specific point with this is that the default is to create the PST in the profile folder but the location isn't recorded as, if you like, "belonging" to the profile. In my case, I have 5 family members, all with separate PSTs, plus a shared PST. As such, I have to edit 5 Outlook profiles by hand whereas, if the proper location "shorthand" were to be used, I wouldn't have to do anything.

The wider point is that Microsoft advises vendors how their apps should behave and blithely ignores its own guidelines.
Answered 01/11/2010 by: VBScab
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The wider point is that Microsoft advises vendors how their apps should behave and blithely ignores its own guidelines.
That's the first :)
Answered 01/12/2010 by: AngelD
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Understood. Microsoft's hypocrisy can be a bit aggravating at times.
Answered 01/12/2010 by: airwolf
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