Backward compatibility? Importing Windows Mail messages into Outlook Express 6

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Gavtech, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Gavtech

    Gavtech Guest

    Forgive me if this has been covered. It is difficult to devise search
    terms for this problem. I have found nothing.

    First I will describe the issue and then the reason why I wish to do case there are better workarounds that have not occurred to
    Any suggestions are welcome.

    I want to be able to export messages from Windows Mail [in their
    original form] and import them onto an XP PC that is still using
    Outlook Express 6.

    At first sight it appears to be not possible as Vista / Widows mail
    seems to be using a whole new method of storing mails with which the
    import mechanism of OE6 is not compatible.

    The reasons for my wish to do this are as follows.

    I use an XP PC with OE6 during the week and at the weekend I use a
    new Vista PC with WM at a different location. This has just replaced
    an XP system that used OE6.

    I like my email presented identically in both locations.... with all
    messages sent and received from either location present in both.
    Achieving that with sent mails is relatively easy. Both mail clients
    are configured to leave copies of received mail on the server.

    I cannot see a way of dealing with sent mails however. So it has been
    my habit when changing locations, to copy the weeks 'sent' mails to
    a transfer folder within OE and taking a copy of that folder to my new
    location. { Forwarding those mails to myself is no good... I'd end up
    with duplicates... but crucially they would not then 'present'
    identically, with regard to the sender field}

    This process has worked satisfactorily until a few weeks ago I
    replaced one of the PC's with a Vista PC / Windows Mail.
    I can still export OE6 messages and import into WM ... but is it
    possible the other way? It does not appear to be.

    Or is my whole approach flawed and unnecessary here... Is there a
    better way?


    Gavtech, Mar 19, 2007
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  2. Just take the eml files from WinMail and drag them from Explorer overtop an
    OE message list window and they will be incorporated into OE.

    Steve Cochran, Mar 23, 2007
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  3. Gavtech

    Gavtech Guest

    Thanks for the reply Steve.

    I will give give that a try after the coming weekend.


    Gavtech, Mar 23, 2007
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