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exporting from office outlook and importing to windows live mail

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  • I exported from office to a windows csv file but I don't know how to import to windows live mail. The options are outlook express, windows live mail, or windows mail and none of them will open the csv file. Any one willing to walk me through this step by step?
    Thursday, August 30, 2012 12:41 AM

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  • Hi,

    There isn't any way currently to import mail directly from Outlook to Windows Live Mail so you have to do it indirectly BEFORE installing Windows 7.

    1) even if you don't use Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (VISTA) you need to have them running on the same machine as your copy of OUTLOOK.

    2) create (if you haven't already) email accounts in OE or Windows mail identical to those you have in Outlook.

    3) Now import your messages from Outlook into OE or Windows Mail.

    4) Change the Store Identity in OE or Windows mail to a disk that your Windows 7 can read (do this under Maintenance - data storage locations in OE or Windows Mail).
    Doing this saves you having to install Live Mail on Vista or XP

    5) Logon to your Windows 7 system and install Windows Live mail.

    6) Set up your email accounts

    7) File ==> import==>messages

    8) Chose Outlook express or Windows mail depending on step 3)

    9) Browse to the directory where you stored the messages in step 4)

    10) Job done.

    A bit fiddly but obviously MS don't want to make it easy for people to switch from Outlook

    Note also the "Send and Receive" function is calles "SYNC" in Windows Live mail -- confusing but there it is.

    If you also installed Windows Messenger you can prevent it from starting automatically at startup by going to the Orb ==>acessories==>run. type msconfig and unclick windows messenger in the start up box.

    There doesn't appear to be ANY method of importing mail directly from Outlook 2003/2007


    Thanks, Swapnil Prajapati

    Friday, August 31, 2012 9:58 AM

All replies

  • As far as I know, there is no direct way to export mail from Outlook to Windows Live Mail. A Web search will show some work-arounds, but they are indirect.

    My indirect approach was to set up a Gmail account using imap, and transfer the Outlook stuff into Gmail. I could then connect to the Gmail account using Windows Live Mail, which would then synchronize with the online stuff. (This took a while; I have over a gigabyte of mail messages.)

    This has the advantage of moving my emails to the cloud. It has the disadvantage of entrusting it to Google. (Who knows what evil advertising-related purposes they might put it to?)

    Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:44 AM
  • Hi,

    Based on my knowledge it’s seems there’s no way to achieve your object. For double checking my answer, I would like suggest you post the issue to Windows Outlook for further help.

    Thank you for your understanding.


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    Friday, August 31, 2012 9:08 AM
  • Hi,

    There isn't any way currently to import mail directly from Outlook to Windows Live Mail so you have to do it indirectly BEFORE installing Windows 7.

    1) even if you don't use Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (VISTA) you need to have them running on the same machine as your copy of OUTLOOK.

    2) create (if you haven't already) email accounts in OE or Windows mail identical to those you have in Outlook.

    3) Now import your messages from Outlook into OE or Windows Mail.

    4) Change the Store Identity in OE or Windows mail to a disk that your Windows 7 can read (do this under Maintenance - data storage locations in OE or Windows Mail).
    Doing this saves you having to install Live Mail on Vista or XP

    5) Logon to your Windows 7 system and install Windows Live mail.

    6) Set up your email accounts

    7) File ==> import==>messages

    8) Chose Outlook express or Windows mail depending on step 3)

    9) Browse to the directory where you stored the messages in step 4)

    10) Job done.

    A bit fiddly but obviously MS don't want to make it easy for people to switch from Outlook

    Note also the "Send and Receive" function is calles "SYNC" in Windows Live mail -- confusing but there it is.

    If you also installed Windows Messenger you can prevent it from starting automatically at startup by going to the Orb ==>acessories==>run. type msconfig and unclick windows messenger in the start up box.

    There doesn't appear to be ANY method of importing mail directly from Outlook 2003/2007


    Thanks, Swapnil Prajapati

    Friday, August 31, 2012 9:58 AM