Configuring The Outlook PST Backup Add-In To Work With Office 2010

The very useful Outlook Personal Folders Backup Add-In at first appears not to work on Office 2010. When you try to install it the options dialog will be missing from the menu and you will not be reminded to backup when closing Outlook.

Actually the menu is still there, moved across into the “Add-Ins” tab of the ribbon bar. But the main functionality, the backup prompt, requires the following registry settings change:

  1. Run REGEDIT (as Administrator on Vista or Windows 7) then locate the registry key: KEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOfficeOutlookAddinsMicrosoft.OutlookBackup.1
  2. Add a new DWORD value (select 32bit DWORD on 64bit systems) called
  3. RequireShutdownNotification then set it to 1.

This fix will work on both 64bit and 32bit systems. Credit goes to this article where I found the solution.

2 thoughts on “Configuring The Outlook PST Backup Add-In To Work With Office 2010

  1. Doesn’t seem to install at all these days, you get a message stating installer couldn’t find outlook 2000, 2002 or 2003

    1. You could check the processor version of Office matches the tool. Hopefully it’s not a blocking compatibility issue caused by security updates.

      Anyway things have moved on… I think the best way to backup now is to have a free cloud account then rely on offline storage (caching/OST file) for backup. Such as an Outlook.com account (almost as good as Exchange now) or a cheap Office 365 subscription (with full Exchange functionality and 25GB). Then there is the new “My Office” currently in beta which looks like a replacement of Office 365 with streaming Office 2013 apps paid for by subscription. That’s what I am using now so I can’t use the PST Backup tool anymore either.

      All you need do is make sure you set “download all” caching mode (not the default 12 months) then include the offline storage file in your backup or just make sure it is on a few different PCs, laptops, etc… Should the server ever go offline or data be lost (extremely unlikely with Microsoft data centre accounts) you can either just run Outlook offline then copy to a PST, or use freely available tools to convert the OST into a stand-alone PST file.

      If you want more, it should be possible to write a script run by Windows Task Scheduler which periodically runs an OST to PST conversion tool. I haven’t used those yet so can’t comment. If I do then I’ll update the post with info.

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