How to port Vista mails from a Vista PC to another Vista PC

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by Yong, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. Yong

    Yong Guest

    I copied and pasted the old PC's Vista Mails to the new PC. However, I have
    strange problems - such as the mail folders are copied by the Vista Mail, and
    it takes a long time before I can really see emails on the Vista Mail

    Could anyone nicely let me know what is the proper way to port Vista emails
    from one machine to the other?

    Yong, Apr 14, 2007
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  2. Copy the message store to the new machine into the Documents folder. Then
    use File | Import | Messages and choose WinMail format and point to the
    copied directory.

    See also

    Steve Cochran, Apr 19, 2007
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  3. Yong

    Yong Guest

    Hi Steve,

    Thx for the reply! However, I encounter the error message - "No messages can
    be found in this folder or another application is running that has required
    files open ..."

    What may cause this problem?

    Yong, Apr 19, 2007
  4. I just had the same issue. You may have to open each folder and drag the
    eml files overtop a WinMail folder and drop them for it to work. I got that
    to work.

    Steve Cochran, Apr 19, 2007
  5. Yong

    Yong Guest

    Please let me know whether I need to care about the winmail.fol file.

    One more question is that if there are subfolders in any folder, the only
    way I can get it work is to move the email files from each subfolder. This is
    very tedious as I have to create the flder structure in my Vista Mail, and
    then copy each subflders. Any better way to port emails is appreciated very

    Yong, Apr 23, 2007
  6. I don't think the foi file is of importance. It has no messages in it.

    File | Import | Messages should work, but it appears not to with the limited
    testing I've done. Dragging and dropping does work, but as you said its
    tedious with multiple subfolders.

    You might get by with just replacing the entire contents of the message
    store with the old message store (see from
    the other computer.

    And my OEX program ( will let you import from a single
    directory at a time, but that can be tedious as well.

    Try replacing the entire contents of the message store directory but make
    sure first that the files are not read only (as they would be if they came
    off a CD).

    Steve Cochran, Apr 23, 2007
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