Exporting Messages from OE to WLM

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Father Mike, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Father Mike

    Father Mike Guest

    Ok, I played around with WLM and it was pretty much a clone of OE I
    thought. Since my ISP provides such a paltry amount of disk space I thought
    I'd get a Hotmail account and divert my mailers to that account.

    Being rather fastidious I did want to move or copy my messages from OE to
    WLM. No problem, WLM has an import function, so I successfully imported all
    my mail folders from OE to WLM.

    This is where it gets interesting. WLM doesn't import the messages to any
    particular account but to Storage Folders>Local Folders. OK, dragging and
    dropping a folder from there under a particular user doesn't work. Next.

    I should be able to select messages and use the right-click Move or Copy
    function, right? Well, sort of. WLM pukes up "An unknown error has
    occurred" and game over.

    Every time I try to migrate to a new mail client this is where I end up.
    Thunderbird was the same.

    So is there a way to move those messages without an error happening or do I
    just stick with OE?
     
    Father Mike, Jun 27, 2008
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  2. What type of mail account are you trying to move/copy the messages to?
    POP3, IMAP or HTTP (Hotmail/MSN)?

    For IMAP and HTTP you shouldn't try to do that. Your mail client (OE,
    WLM, etc.) mirrors what is on the mail server. So once you connect to
    the mail account, WLM should synch with the mail server. No need to
    have imported the messages from OE.

    With a POP3 account, it should be possible to do that. You mention
    trying to drag folders and that didn't work. Have you tried dragging
    messages instead?
     
    Michael Santovec, Jun 27, 2008
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  3. Father Mike

    Guest Guest

    I think I've seen some messages saying that WLM has problems with moving
    or deleting folders, but not with moving all the messages they contain.
     
    Guest, Jun 27, 2008
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  4. Father Mike

    Gill Bates Guest

    I was trying to move messages from a POP3 account to a Hotmail account which
    I guess is one with a live.ca ending. (This just gets more confusing all the
    time.)

    True. My POP3 mail server contains messages from the last few weeks only
    because my ISP is very stingy with disk space. I wanted to import messages
    going back to the beginning of the year, ones no longer on the POP3 server.
    I found what the problem is. By a process of elimination I discovered that
    messages with very large TO: lists failed to move/copy. Some people sent me
    e-mails with 100-200 people in the TO: list for god's sake! Instead of
    skipping over those bum messages the move/copy dies. If you exclude those
    messages the move/copy works fine.

    I realized it was useless to divert all my mail from my ISP to a Hotmail
    account because I use mail rules extensively to organize my e-mail. Without
    that my Inbox would become an unmanageable mess. I can easily check my
    Hotmail accounts with a program like Pop Peeper, so WLM is redundant, so I
    think I'll just uninstall it. MS really blew it as far as I'm concerned.
     
    Gill Bates, Jun 27, 2008
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  5. Father Mike

    Gill Bates Guest

    I found what the problem is. By a process of elimination I discovered that
    messages with very large TO: lists failed to move/copy. Some people sent me
    e-mails with 100-200 people in the TO: list for god's sake! Instead of
    skipping over those bum messages the move/copy dies. If you exclude those
    messages the move/copy works fine. The only way to correct it is for someone
    to re-write the program.

    Anyway, I found that WLM has nothing that I can't do by other, simpler
    means, so it's history. All in all I think it's a disappointing effort.
     
    Gill Bates, Jun 27, 2008
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