importing oulook mail to windows mail

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by V, Apr 19, 2008.

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    V Guest

    I copied the hard drive from my old xp machine onto my current (dell
    530s) vista box. The xp machine had outlook and I need to retrieve some old
    emails . When I go to the old HD copy and try to open outlook.pst, I am axed
    'what program do you want to open it with?' I tried windows mail, but it
    only opened windows mail.
    I DID manage to import the contacts (.bak files, maybe?), but the actual
    mail, pst files i cant seem to import.
    Is there a way to get my outlook email off of the xp hard drive copy?
    Im not a techie, plain english will help.
    V, Apr 19, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    You have two choices of how to do it: 1. Install Outlook, preferably
    version 2003 or later, on your new machine. Windows Mail needs to
    use part of it to be able to import .pst files. Some, but not all, of
    these software packages include Outlook:


    2. First, import the .pst file into Outlook Express on an older machine
    Outlook also installed. Then use these instructions to import the messages
    from Outlook Express to Windows Mail:



    After you copy the files to a directory on the hard drive of your new
    make sure the copies are read-write instead of readonly before you tell
    Mail to import that whole directory.
    Guest, Apr 19, 2008
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    DL Guest

    To add, all Outlook data, both msgs & Contacts are contained within the pst
    file, so whatever you imported it ceratinly wasnt an outlook file
    DL, Apr 19, 2008
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