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How can I transfer Outlook Express / Windows Mail settings and contents etc, to Windows Live Mail?

    Question

  • As a system reseller and support provider, I know that this is going to be a major factor for many home users. I know that Windows 7 does not have a mail client by default, and I know that home users will be expected to install Windows Live Essentials.

    Windows Easy Transfer doesn't transfer emails, contacts etc from OE/WM (although it will transfer Outlook).

    Therefore, what is the easiest way to migrate from OE/WM to WLM?
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 12:43 AM

Answers

  • Here is the complete transfer procedure from OE to WLM:

    MAIL BOXES EXPORT
    1. Go to Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder.
    2. Make a note of its location and navigate to it. If you haven't moved it, it's here C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express. You may have to show 'hidden' files in Folder Options to see it. Close Outlook Express.
    3. Copy the whole folder (not just the .dbx files) to an external source. Remove any ‘Read only’ attributes via right-click > Properties.


    As an alternative to 2 above, you could move the mail boxes to an ‘easier-to-get-at’ location, i.e. Open My Documents and create a folder named Mail Boxes. Now go to Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder > Change and type the location of the new folder, e.g. My Docs\Mail Boxes. Close Outlook Express. The store location is now easier to navigate to and it is not hidden.

    CONTACTS EXPORT
    Go to Outlook Express > File > Export > Address Book and select Comma Separated Values (CSV) > Export, select the fields you want or, for more safety, select all the fields and save it to an external device.

    MAIL BOXES IMPORT
    Go to Windows Live Mail > File (press Alt if the Menu Bar is not showing) > Import > Messages OE > Next > Browse to the location where they are stored and follow the wizard.

    CONTACTS IMPORT
    In Windows Live Mail > Click Contacts in the bottom left corner > Menus top right (or Alt+M) > Import > CSV (Comma Separated Values) and browse to the file you exported from Outlook Express.

    • Marked as answer by Chris Millard Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:45 AM
    • Edited by BurrWalnut Monday, November 30, 2009 8:00 AM
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 8:12 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    in live mail press Alt+M (menu) and select SHOW MENU BAR. Click on File select import>Messages and follow the wizzard. After import hide menu bar (optional ;) )

    druid

    Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:06 AM
  • Here is the complete transfer procedure from OE to WLM:

    MAIL BOXES EXPORT
    1. Go to Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder.
    2. Make a note of its location and navigate to it. If you haven't moved it, it's here C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express. You may have to show 'hidden' files in Folder Options to see it. Close Outlook Express.
    3. Copy the whole folder (not just the .dbx files) to an external source. Remove any ‘Read only’ attributes via right-click > Properties.


    As an alternative to 2 above, you could move the mail boxes to an ‘easier-to-get-at’ location, i.e. Open My Documents and create a folder named Mail Boxes. Now go to Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder > Change and type the location of the new folder, e.g. My Docs\Mail Boxes. Close Outlook Express. The store location is now easier to navigate to and it is not hidden.

    CONTACTS EXPORT
    Go to Outlook Express > File > Export > Address Book and select Comma Separated Values (CSV) > Export, select the fields you want or, for more safety, select all the fields and save it to an external device.

    MAIL BOXES IMPORT
    Go to Windows Live Mail > File (press Alt if the Menu Bar is not showing) > Import > Messages OE > Next > Browse to the location where they are stored and follow the wizard.

    CONTACTS IMPORT
    In Windows Live Mail > Click Contacts in the bottom left corner > Menus top right (or Alt+M) > Import > CSV (Comma Separated Values) and browse to the file you exported from Outlook Express.

    • Marked as answer by Chris Millard Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:45 AM
    • Edited by BurrWalnut Monday, November 30, 2009 8:00 AM
    Saturday, June 13, 2009 8:12 AM
  • This is horrible answer.   I have hundreds of Folders and subfolders in OE; some 4-5 levels deep.  There is no way to recreate the folder heirarchy in my account area.   Or is there?  I don't want them buried away in Storage Folders.

    To move them where they belong, have to go to a subfolder in ImportedFolders and SelectAll (doesn't respond to ctrl-a...more stupid mouse clilcks needed).  Then reclick into the selected area to get the right-click context menu to be enabled.   Then CreateNew Folder needed in target account.   Repeat about a hundred or so times.    OMG what a pain.   
    Wednesday, November 18, 2009 11:43 PM
  • If you do an upgrade install, you can continue to run Windows Mail. Just copy it from the Windows.old\Program Files to the new \Program Files. You may have to recreate some settings, but it should be a lot easier.
    Thursday, November 19, 2009 12:29 AM
  • > If you do an upgrade install, you can continue to run Windows Mail.

    This is a brand new PC (win-7 ult 64).     Windows MAil is on a Vista-32 laptop.  Can I move WM over to this PC?  

    Program Files has a Windows Mail folder with an winmail.exe.mui on it.  I have some Windows Mail MS folders on this pc.  I think.  Maybe its here already and just not installed.   Some of the appdata Windows Mail folders have been used already -- either by WLM or Outlook.  THere are recent dates.
    Monday, November 23, 2009 2:14 PM
  • just thought I would update what I did as my solution.   I scrapped WML in favor of Outlook (fortunately I have it available).   There are pro's and con's with Outlook too, but overall it is far superior to WLM (and OE). 

    With WLM I just couldn't be bothered with my imported folders being not well-integrated with my account folders and I was not about to do hours and hours (days? weeks?)  of tedious restructuring.

    I may try Thunderbird as a lightweight em alternative.  I've heard people say its similar to OE.    Hopefully I can get my contacts transferred okay and I'll bite the bullet on folders and just use Outlook when I need to have access to old messages.   Something to think about for the new year.   Or, maybe gmail is the way to go.   Initially, I didn't like their UI, but maybe its improved.   My biggest problem with using a new client is that I search through old messages a lot.  I would hate to have to search in two em clients all the time.  That's whats stopping me now, but I ought to consider eventually cutting the cords to the past.   sorry.. I'm rambling now...

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:26 PM
  • THIS ANSWER IS GRATE IF YOUR A COLLAGE GRADUATE
    Monday, April 02, 2012 8:44 PM
  • Is there any way to get the folders from OExpress to import to Live Mail- right now all my messages (which are organized in folders in outlook express) just go into one folder losing all the organization.  Is there any way to avoid this.
    Saturday, April 21, 2012 7:40 PM