Importing from Outlook Express

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Ian Johnson, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. Ian Johnson

    Ian Johnson Guest

    This was not as simple as I'd hoped. After doing the File -> Import ->
    Message and Accounts, then selecting Outlook Express 6, I'm presented with a
    screen which asks me to Browse to the message store. After doing a search
    for *.dbx files, I found the store and was then able to drill down the
    "Browse" screen to it.

    Is this how it should work?
    Ian Johnson, Nov 23, 2006
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  2. Ian Johnson

    DGuess Guest

    So far it is. It would be simpler if it actually read the Store Root value
    from the Identities subkey and display it.

    Right now, the user has to be aware that:

    1) Where to get that information from Outlook Express (Tools | Options |
    Maintenance tab | Store Folders button)

    2) That the message stores are normally hidden unless the user has
    reconfigured Windows Explorer Folder Options to "Show all files.." in
    Explorer's Folder OPtions | Views tab

    3) Also of the .dbx file extension may as well be hidden, same location as
    above "Hide file extensions.....".

    4) That if either is set to the original Windows configuration, they may not
    know to use the Advanced options in search to also search system folders and
    hidden files and folders.

    5) If they have installed Windows Desktop Search 3.0, to use the Search
    Companion located at the bottom of that window to get back to the original

    Needs to be ironed out.
    DGuess, Nov 23, 2006
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