Exporting from Outlook Exp. to Windows Mail - folder organization

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Serenity123, Aug 10, 2007.

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    Serenity123 Guest

    I'm trying to export my OE address (XP) book to Windows mail (Vista). I can
    get the entire addy book (WAB file) to the new computer but all my
    organizational folders are gone and it's one huge mess. I've tried dragging
    the contacts into groups/folders I set up separately on WM but they copy
    rather than moving. Of course when I try to delete the extra, both contacts
    are deleted. Is there any way to get my OE address book to WM and still have
    everything organized or am I just stuck trying to reorganize all those
    contacts once I get them to WM?

    I'm sure this is an elementary problem but I'm new to Vista and
    exporting/importing so please be kind :0) I tried searching the message
    board but came up with little helpful information.

    Thanks for your help.
    Serenity123, Aug 10, 2007
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    Byron Guest

    I have the same problem. Help! I'm desparate
    Byron, Aug 11, 2007
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    beetz12 Guest

    beetz12, Aug 11, 2007
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    Alistair Guest

    That link does not work for me. Can you please confirm that it is correct?
    Heaps of people have been asking this question but as far as I can see nobody
    has given a usable answer yet. I want to know the answer too!
    Alistair, Aug 11, 2007
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    TracyB Guest

    Link does not work for me either...tried going to the vista4beginners
    home link, that is dead too (name of site is correct, it shows up on

    Another twist to the problem - I was able to import all my OE messages
    and folders into Windows Mail, get them organized, etc. last night.
    Then this morning I power up and open Windows Mail to find they are all
    GONE. Every single thing I imported has just disappeared.

    I work from home, and so much of my business involves email, so we're
    talking a couple thousand messages here. I don't mind doing the import
    again, but am wondering if by using the "old" instructions for
    importing/exporting OE mail (XP instructions), I'm missing some kind of
    step that "locks" them into Windows Mail permanently.


    TracyB, Aug 11, 2007
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    Alistair Guest

    Hi Tracy, you got further than most of us! Can you please share how you
    managed to import all your OE messages and folders into Windows Mail?

    Regarding there subsequent disappearance, is it possible that they are in
    another user profile or folder?


    Alistair, Aug 11, 2007
  7. The link sort of works if you take out the "www" part, e.g.,
    But the site seems to be having some problems.

    Gary VanderMolen
    Gary VanderMolen, Aug 11, 2007
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    Ken V. Guest

    I can't even get Windows Mail to allow me to send messages, only receive. I
    have checked with my provider comcast & the sending address is correct. They
    say it is a microsoft problem, and I can't get any one to help. Any ideas
    would be appreciated.
    Ken V., Aug 12, 2007
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    Cal Bear '66 Guest

    Is a stuck mail in your outbox preventing you from sending? If so go to:


    Be sure to read and follow the instructions -- especially the ones in the RED
    outlined box.
    Cal Bear '66, Aug 12, 2007
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    TracyB Guest

    I was able to import my address book, email accounts, folders and
    messages using the "normal" steps provided in both Windows XP and Vista.
    They can be found at:


    I had a few hiccups when trying to import folders & messages into Vista
    from my old pc (XP), but finally got it to take.

    As far as all the folders disappearing, I think it was a RAM problem.
    My poor laptop just couldn't run Vista and handle all the email I was
    asking it to. I upgraded my RAM today and seems as though all problems
    are fixed (keep your fingers crossed).

    I hope this helps!

    TracyB, Aug 12, 2007
  11. Ken, if your sending problem is not due to a stuck message in
    your Outbox, right-click on the error message, copy, then
    paste it into a reply here.

    Gary VanderMolen
    Gary VanderMolen, Aug 12, 2007
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    Serenity123 Guest


    What "hiccups" did you experience? I'm getting an error message on the
    "Folders.dbx" file when I try to export my messages from OE on my old machine
    with XP.

    Serenity123, Aug 13, 2007
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