Best way to restore Outlook (office 2011) from a TM backup?

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  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    old system (El Capitan) running Outlook 2011, time machine backup taken

    What is the best way to restore Outlook (office 2011) from a TM backup?

    (Secondly, does Office 2011 work with Sierra?)
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    That MS installer puts support files all over the place when Outlook is installed. There is no way you are going to be able to find all those support files and get them moved over and working. Then even if you could, the app will recognize it is on new hardware and make you reregister. You are going to need the Outlook installer to get this done.

    Yes, Office 2011 works under Sierra. See here.
  3. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    As "Weaselboy" has replied, the Outlook installation is convoluted and scattered as are other Office files. You may be able to restore Outlook by doing a complete Time Machine restore of everything. The danger with that however, is the Outlook data base can corrupt and you'll wind up reinstalling anyway. And as stated, you may have to activate Outlook or Office again.

    I was a big fan of Outlook at one time (during my Windows days) but now I avoid it because it's a royal pain to keep up with when things go south.
  4. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    Thanks for the info guys.

    Downloaded Office 2011 from MS site using the license key.

    5 minutes after installation on $2000 MacBook Air (Sierra 12.3) beachballs everywhere.

    Activity Monitor showed Word to be crashing.

    Office 2011 trashed.

    Problem went away.

    I can fully understand where you're coming from chscag. What a PITA.

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