import OE .dbx email files into Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Curtis Kruer, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Curtis Kruer

    Curtis Kruer Guest

    I'm trying to set up email in WML and import a lot of Outlook Express emails
    into WML. I've followed all instruction here and elsewhere, dload .dbx to a
    thimb drive from OE on the old PC and set up a folder for a series of .dbx on
    the new PC with W7. I ask WLM to import messages and it says
    "No messages can be found in this folder (altho a bunch of .dbx are sitting
    there) or another appl is running that has the required files open."

    WHy won't WLM recognize those .dbx files with all my emails?

    Curtis Kruer, Mar 27, 2010
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  2. Curtis Kruer

    Bruce Hagen Guest

    Did you include Folders.dbx in your backup? An import will fail without


    Transferring data from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail:

    For messages:

    Copy the *ENTIRE* OE message store folder to a flash drive. (Folders.dbx
    must be included). Place this on the Desktop or other location on the
    machine using WLMail. Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages |
    Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point to where you saved it.

    OE Message Store Location:

    In OE: Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder will reveal the
    location of your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and
    navigate to it in Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start | Run.

    In WinXP, Win2K & Win2K3, the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are by default
    marked as hidden. To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable
    Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options
    Icon | View, or in Windows Explorer | Tools | Folder Options | View.

    For Addresses:

    Open the Address Book in OE and File | Export | Address Book (wab) and
    save it to the Desktop. Copy to a flash drive. Place this on the Desktop
    or other location on the machine using WLMail.

    Open the Contacts list in WLMail, (Go | Contacts on the Menu Bar), and
    File | Import | Windows Address Book (wab) and point to where you saved

    Note: If you use a CD or DVD instead of a flash drive, after placing on
    the new machine you must remove the Read Only attribute in Properties
    before you import.
    Bruce Hagen, Mar 27, 2010
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  3. Besides ensuring that the file 'folders.dbx' is present, make sure all the
    ..dbx files reside in a new folder that on your hard drive, and under your
    Windows user profile, and none of the .dbx files have the Read Only attribute.
    Gary VanderMolen [MVP], Mar 29, 2010
  4. Curtis Kruer

    Condign Guest


    ",Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages | "

    With reference to this.
    When I go to file in Windows live mail, then to import I only get MS
    internet explorer as the only folder to open.
    No messages folder??
    Can you advise as to what I should do?
    Thank you.

    Condign, Apr 16, 2010
  5. Are you saying that after File, Import the option to import MESSAGES is
    not available? Sounds like you are in your browser and not in the
    Windows Live Mail program.

    If you are getting the import for Messages, then the next dialog should
    let you chose the format of Microsoft Outlook Express 6, Windows Live
    Mail or Windows Mail. Once you choose Outlook Express 6 you should get
    a dialog with a browse button to browse to the any folder on your PC to
    say where the messages (DBX files) are.


    Mike -

    Michael Santovec, Apr 16, 2010
  6. Curtis Kruer

    Condign Guest


    Yrs, that is what I am saying.
    I go to Windows live messenger, then into my Hotmail account to Inbox.
    The then go File to Import which opens a window only showing a button for MS
    internet Explorer.
    It does sound like a browser window but I am in WLM and in my Hotmail mail
    Any advice would be gratefully received since the MS forums will not answer
    this query at all.


    Condign, Apr 22, 2010
  7. Curtis Kruer

    Condign Guest

    Yes that is what I am saying.
    I enter WLM and go to my mail account (Hotmail), go to inbox then file to
    import and then all I get is MS Internet Explorer as an option.
    I understand you point about brwser but I do not see what I could be doing
    I have transfered my OE email many times as I have moved PC's so I know the
    Any advice grastefully received.

    Condign, Apr 22, 2010
  8. Curtis Kruer

    Gordon Guest

    Windows Live MESSENGER?
    Gordon, Apr 22, 2010
  9. Curtis Kruer

    Gordon Guest

    Why are you opening the Inbox? Just open WLM and do File-Import-Messages
    Gordon, Apr 22, 2010
  10. You need to use Windows Live MAIL, not MESSENGER.

    Windows Live Mail Overview


    Mike -

    Michael Santovec, Apr 22, 2010
  11. Curtis Kruer

    Condign Guest

    I am now very confused.
    When I originally downloaded Windows Live Mail, one of the first questions
    it asked was whether I wished to download Messenger (as well as others).
    Not Windows Live Mail.
    After it has set up Windows Live Messenger there is no ikon for Windows Live
    Mail, only the top right click thru for mail. wlsetup-web is the download I
    have used.
    Condign, Apr 23, 2010
  12. Curtis Kruer

    Dave Guest

    Wlsetup-web.exe will install several of the Live products.
    Run it again and select "Mail" to install Live Mail.

    Dave N.
    MS-MVP (Mail)
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    Dave, Apr 23, 2010
  13. Curtis Kruer

    Condign Guest

    Thank you for your answer but I have now carried out the wlsetup-web several
    times. I have uninstalled all programs inclusding Mail, messnger etc etc then
    I have used wlsetup-web to reinstall mail.
    At no time in any of the many configurations I have trid can I get anything
    other than Microsoft Internet Explorer to appear in the import box.
    I have yet to see a messages folder or click thru in the import clickthru.
    I am totally lost on this one.
    Condign, Apr 23, 2010
  14. Curtis Kruer

    Luis Guest


    The Reason behind not recognition of your emails with WML is that both (outlook Express and WLM) mail clients are different and you have to convert .DBX files into .EML (Windows Live Mail supportive file format), afterward you successfully can import OE .dbx emails into Windows 7. You can Prefer DBXConverter software.
    It also supports me to do same task, when i opted it from Google and found excellent result instantly.

    Luis, Nov 25, 2013
  15. Curtis Kruer

    ...winston Guest

    Not necessary.

    WLM can import OE's DBX files without the need of additional software.

    If WLM is installed on the same machine as OE, the data is automatically

    If WLM is installed on a different machine, copy the entire OE Dbx store
    to the new pc, external drive, or usb thumb drive and point the WLM
    importer to that location.

    No third party software necessary. In fact, the two are not that much
    different in fact much of the code amongst WLM, OE and Vista's Windows
    Mail is common and written or adopted by the same MSFT Team.
    ...winston, Nov 27, 2013
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