Can import Outlook Express 6 messages into Windowws Mail (Vista 64bit)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by marty, Jan 13, 2008.

  1. marty

    marty Guest

    I am having a problem trying to import my old Outlook Express mail into my
    new installation on Vista's Windows Mail program.

    Here's how I'm trying to do it:

    In Windows Mail, click on File/Import/Messages. In the new dialog, select
    'Microsoft Outlook Express 6'. Click NEXT, select 'Import mail from and OE6
    store directory', click OK.

    I then browse to the folder where my DBX files are stored, click SELECT
    FOLDER, then click NEXT.

    At this point I get the following error message:

    "No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running
    that has the required files open. Please select another folder or try
    closing applications that may have files open."

    I searched around and found a couple of possible solutions, such as making
    sure the files are not set to read only, and ensuring that the folders.dbx
    file is present, but those solutions don't work for me.

    Please help!
     
    marty, Jan 13, 2008
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  2. marty

    marty Guest

    The subject should of course be CAN'T import Outlook Express 6 messages into
    Windows Mail!
     
    marty, Jan 13, 2008
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  3. marty

    jnjmitch Guest

    Having identical problems, as I posted in another message. Most of
    the help links that I've gotten assume that I am able to see the .dbx
    files, but instead I get the same error message that the other poster
    does. Also have the same problem when trying to import onto another
    networked computer using XP and OE, so it doesn't seem to be a Vista
    problem.
     
    jnjmitch, Jan 13, 2008
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  4. WinMail has a tendency to screw up the path to the DBX files. See:

    http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
     
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Jan 13, 2008
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  5. marty

    marty Guest

    Many many thanks Frank. Your post solved my problem. It was a path problem
    (showing d:\outlook express\outlook express\)

    Regards,

    Mike.
     
    marty, Jan 13, 2008
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  6. marty

    marty Guest

    You may have the same (now solved!) problem as I was having. Check out this
    text from a solution here: http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx

    "..use the Browse button to browse to the directory of dbx files. Make sure
    that when you set the directory that what is listed in the path is correct
    (NOTE: Vista can put the wrong path in here sometimes, so instead of
    c:\mypath it puts c:\mypath\mypath, so check the path to verify that it is
    correct, and if it is not correct then fix it by clicking the Browse button
    a second time and then leave the selection blank and clicking Okay.)."

    Mike.


    Having identical problems, as I posted in another message. Most of
    the help links that I've gotten assume that I am able to see the .dbx
    files, but instead I get the same error message that the other poster
    does. Also have the same problem when trying to import onto another
    networked computer using XP and OE, so it doesn't seem to be a Vista
    problem.
     
    marty, Jan 13, 2008
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