[NEW] PIM Backup v2.8 [NEW]

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Nov 3, 2010
my backup contact when import to new phone is chinese character.

please help me. i'm using s4 now.. I' improting my contact backup file but all its charact is chinese character..how to change it no my normal character? another thing. all my messages backup, didn't work when import to my s4..how to make it?

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latest version works fine for me in term of launching & staying as active window on ROM in sig.
Don't use PIMbackup much as much prefer spb for pim backup & contacts are also backed up via other software to more versatile vcf format.

i use it..but when try to backup to android..not working.. how to fix it? do you have the spb for pim backup & contacts software?

Mister B

Senior Member
Sep 14, 2006
Ratchada (Bangkok)
please help me. i'm using s4 now.. I' improting my contact backup file but all its charact is chinese character..how to change it no my normal character? another thing. all my messages backup, didn't work when import to my s4..how to make it?

---------- Post added at 01:10 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:06 PM ----------

i use it..but when try to backup to android..not working.. how to fix it? do you have the spb for pim backup & contacts software?
Message format is wrong for import to android so would need to be altered or other solutions such as sprite migrate.
Contacts is generally simple & many many tools are available to save contacts & use vcard format for easy import to new device.
Do a search on this as loads of threads & solutions are already written.


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May 14, 2007
Crawley (Gatwick, London)
Please let me know if everyone has this problem, if I am the only one with this problem or if it depends on something like ROM language, WM version or something like that.

Happens with me too. My ROM in sig.

Bit naff, but I get around it by using a mortscript
Run( "\Windows\PPCPimBackup.exe" )
WaitFor( "PIM Backup", 10 )
Show( "PIM Backup" )
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Jan 18, 2009
Greatest Tool for Backup EVER ! (Windows Mobile)

PIM BACKUP 2.85: ABSOLUTELY the GREATEST app of its kind !
I have tested several others in order to move al SMS from one WM6.1 device to other WM6.5. I have to manage more than 10 000 SMSes.
I spend more than two days in only reading and testing. Started with Power SMS as its backups was made in minutes.
Power SMS 1.3 did only the Inbox and did it for.. 8 hours !
And after fter that I found it is not possible to join newer SMSes to already restores ones (also the missing Sent items).
Nor iMobile neither IWM tool were able to do this.
Only PIM Backup 2.85 had this option.
And did the resore of the same 10 000+ SMSes in some 15 minutes.

the only lack was that the Call Logs was restored without their addressees (i.e. as anonymous), so I deleted them. But that was not my point, at the end !

Hats Off !
for you: DotFred !

I have just one general question:

Am I right, in thinking, that versions 3.xx and above are NOT compatible with Windows Mobile (5.0 + 6.x) phones, but only with Windows Mobile Professional devices (as noted at the site's description) ?
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Mister B

Senior Member
Sep 14, 2006
Ratchada (Bangkok)
Best option for complete sms and mms backup of all folders including sent etc is SPB Backup
PIM Backup is a great tool & for free no complaints but does not do all I need hence why I use SPB ...

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    PIM Backup v2.8(Release date 20 Jan 2008)

    - fix for keeping old files when value is 10 (schedule options)
    - fix for subfolders having same name as folders under root (messages restore)
    - fix for the delimiter selection when restoring contacts from csv file (contacts mapping fields)
    - fix for "add only new messages" when restoring binary backup (messages restore)

    more infos on www.dotfred.net


    MMS Backup/restore doesn't work!

    - fix problem with mms "attachments" which are stored on disk but are not considered as attachments in the cemail.vol (wonderful!)
    Arcsoft MMS software uses own-defined properties (blobs) in pmailMsgs table in cemail.vol but I cannot decipher them for the moment.

    - conversion of text backups <-> binary backups

    Version 2.7:

    In 2.6, the backup/restore thread priority has been diminished so it took less resources during the task, and so other programs could continue to work properly. The problem is that a backup/restore task could take much more time to end. This has been changed by adding this feature as parameter, and so it can be changed manually by the user.

    Version 2.6:

    - fix bug in binary restore of contacts (birthday overwritten by anniversary)
    - fix bug in binary/text restore of appointments (status, reminder not correct)
    - fix bug in zip utility => unicode compliant
    - fix bug in restore of tasks (wm2003se only) for (partially) undated tasks
    - fix bug in restore of messages (only messages from an unknown account are discarded)
    - fix bug in csv contacts import (csv coming from another application)
    - fix bug in restore of speed dials (wm6 only)
    - added restore custom files individual selection

    Version 2.5:

    - fix bug in binary backup of appointments containing recipients
    - fix bug in binary/text custom files backup
    - added rename old file option in custom file restore

    Version 2.4:

    - fix a crash bug during restore of a text backup for messages having no
    - fix a bug in scheduled backup
    - add one instance only

    Version 2.3:

    - fix for notes in wm2k3
    - add more error messages in case of backup/restore failure

    Version 2.2:

    - fix for messages backup problem that causes wm2k3 pda's to soft-reset
    - fix for custom files not found in list in csx backup file

    Version 2.1:

    - fixed bug introduced in hex fields in text backup in v2.0
    - add a custom backup functionality for specific files, folders or file types.
    - changed some cosmetic things in the layouts
    - fixed some minor bugs
    - fixed bug in binary task binary backup

    Version 2.0:

    - added escape character in text, so the parsing of csv text works in all cases.

    CAUTION, a bad parsing can still appear for backups made in earlier versions.

    - added binary backups for fastness and reliability. (A tool will be provided in the future to allow to convert text backups to binary backups and vice-versa).

    - schedule problem fixed.

    - added UNC folders names for default folders (inbox, outbox, sent items, drafts, deleted items) in messages, so the restore could be done on a device having another language.

    - fixed the problem of messages stored in folders at the same level as Inbox

    - creation of temporary backup files can be either in memory or in the backup destination folder.

    Version 1.9:

    - fix bug in all day recurring appointments restore
    - fix bug in non recurring tasks restore
    - restore for "add only new..." option should go faster
    - remove empty files from \Windows\Messaging

    Version 1.8:

    - fix problem of lost records (csv parser has been redesigned)

    ADVICE: In WM6 if you have to restore call logs, do it separately especially if you have a lot of them, because cprog.exe (phone application) will take all the cpu to rebuild the links between contacts and calls, so this is not good for the rest of the restore.

    Version 1.7:

    - fix for crashing bug during restore of contacts or messages

    Version 1.6:

    - Yomi included for contacts (not tested, need confirmation on this)
    - fix for call logs in WM6 (allynm)
    - fix appointments load (leo ramik)
    - fix problem for messages load (same as appts)
    - fix csv parser bug (last one, I hope)
    - fix problem with speeddials restore (WM6 only) (it is slow, but it works) (work around provided by dan1967 (thanks!))
    - fix for appts restore (_vint)

    Version 1.5:

    - fix toolbar bug (wm2003se only)
    - fix sms backup bug (wm2003se only) (carolos)
    - fix schedule bug (ebliss)
    - fix birthday bug in contacts (gambit999)
    - fix csv parser bug (exel07)

    Version 1.4:

    - fix a bug found in backup/restore of messages in WM2003SE (choas)
    - fix a bug concerning exclusions of folders in backup of messages (faria)

    Version 1.3:

    - fix a bug found in restore of call logs backup under WM6 (backup made on WM6 only) (faria)

    Version 1.2:

    - fix a bug found when handling unicode files with chinese character set (Sipher)

    Version 1.1:

    - fix a bug in CSV parser (borjok536)
    - added option verbose in main menu (allynm) (the status list is less updated without verbose)
    - added SystemIdleTimerReset to avoid that the pda is suspended during the backup/restore process


    This tool has been made in order to replace the PPCBckpContacts application.
    As its predecessor, PPCPimBackup allows to backup/restore the Personal information of the pocket pc user, but new functionalities have been added.

    This tool allows to backup/restore:

    - appointments
    - call logs
    - contacts
    - messages (SMS, Mails, ...) NEW !!! :D
    - speed dials
    - tasks

    Restore contacts:

    It is possible now to restore a text file containing contacts backed up from other applications, like in Outlook Express, the only constraint is that the first line should contain the fields and the fields need a separator. (See screenshots). The tool allows to map default fields to fields found in the file. It is possible now to insert duplicates.

    Backup messages:

    The mail database is completely parsed to retrieve all the messages stored in every directory and subdirectory. It is possible to select which account and directories should be backed up. You can save attachments as wel if they exist on the pocket pc.

    Restore messages:

    Same as the backup, you can select which account and directories should be restored to the device. Caution, if an account doesn't exist on the pocket pc, this application will discard the messages that belong to that account.

    Restore appointments:

    There was a bug in PPCBckpContacts where appointments with the same name on different dates weren't restored. This should be fixed in this tool.

    Schedule backup:

    It is possible to schedule a backup, each day of the week and this at a specific hour. If the pocket pc is suspended, it will wake up and do the backup. You can eventually control the number of backups to keep and switch off the pocket pc after the scheduled backup is finished.
    The schedule backup creates a notification that can be cleared via the Options Menu.

    File types:

    There is only one file type now, which is .pib (Personal Information Backup), in fact it is just a zip file (so you can open it with a zip application) which contain the different text files used in PPCBckpContacts, so you can still extract these files, edit them on a pc using Excel or Notepad and eventually restore them without putting them back in the .pib file.

    This is the first release, it has been tested on WM4.2, WM5 and WM6.

    Comments, bugs, suggestions are welcome.

    Yours sincerly,




    Use notice:

    The exe contained in the zip file, should be copied and launched on the pocket pc, and not on a pc.
    If you have any comments, bugs report, suggestions, problems, then you could send them to this address [email protected], I will carefully consider them.
    new update V2.8.5

    Version 2.8.5:

    - fix issue with list view using custom states
    - warning popup message in case encryption mechanism is active on sdcard
    - error popup message in case the backup failed
    - fix issue of exceptions in appointments
    new version available
    at PIM Backup Website
    new version available (3.5)
    at PIM Backup Website
    use 2.5 with Tytn II

    I am unable to go any further after when I select the options. "NEXT" is not selectable!

    Any help?