Importing Outlook Express emails into Windows Mail

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Mail' started by happy37, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi all

    Have been having trouble trying to import my Outlook Express “saved†emails
    into Windows Mail.

    The error message that I get says:-

    “No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running
    that has the required files open. Please select another folder or try closing
    applications that may have files open.â€

    The only option that I get to import my messages is “Import mail from an OE6
    store directoryâ€.

    The other option “Import mail from an OE6 Identity†is greyed out and I
    cannot select it.

    So, how do I import my emails from Outlook Express into Windows Mail?

    Or should I forget Windows Mail and use Outlook 2007 instead?

    Please help with step-by-step advice.

    Thanks for your help.

    Look forward to all responses.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Apr 5, 2007
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  2. Steve Cochran, Apr 5, 2007
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  3. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi Steve

    Many thanks for your reply - have now bookmarked the OE Backup site for
    further, future reference (in case I need the info again) and have followed
    the instructions exactly.

    It worked perfectly - thanks again and please keep up the good work here on
    the groups.

    Have a good day!!!

    Regards

    happy37
     
    happy37, Apr 5, 2007
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  4. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Steve

    Also forgot to ask:-

    How do I go about keeping the Imported Inbox folder so that I will be able
    to download all of my NEW emails into that folder as opposed to the default
    one that is initially created in Windows Mail?

    I would like to be able to download ALL of my waiting new emails into my
    imported Inbox folder, and not the other Inbox folder under where it says
    Local Folders?

    My actual emails Inbox folder with all of my emails shows under the heading
    Imported folder - any ideas as to how I can go about doing so?

    The other Inbox folder is empty?

    Thanks again...

    Regards

    happy37
     
    happy37, Apr 5, 2007
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  5. Any particular reason why you want to use the Inbox under Imported
    folders? Why not drag all the imported stuff to the normal folders where
    you had it under OE?

    If you still want to use only the Imported Inbox, you can do so by
    creating a Message Rule (Tools, Message Rules, Mail, New).

    Gary VanderMolen
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Apr 6, 2007
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  6. I'm glad you got the import working.

    Just select all the messages in the imported inbox and choose to move them
    to the Inbox.

    But I would suggest you parcel out messages from the inbox into different
    folders rather than having every message always sit in the inbox. It gets
    unmanageable that way.

    steve
     
    Steve Cochran, Apr 6, 2007
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  7. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi Steve

    Thanks for your reply - I am revisiting this topic for discussion after
    quite a while as I now working with Windows Vista and want to have a look at
    my options for all of my emails under it.

    Would you suggest Windows Mail or Outlook (2007) for your emails? - what do
    you prefer and why?

    Please could you also answer the 2 following questions:-

    1. Like Outlook Express, there is/was a program called OEQB (Outlook Express
    Quick Backup) which I still use a lot in Windows XP to backup and restore all
    of my emails. Can OEQB still be used in Windows Vista for Windows Mail or
    not? - would it work like OEQB or not?

    2. Quote:- “Just select all the messages in the imported inbox and choose to
    move them to the Inbox. But I would suggest you parcel out messages from the
    inbox into different folders rather than having every message always sit in
    the inbox. It gets
    unmanageable that way.â€

    I have already done this for my messages in the Inbox. I have all of my
    current ones sitting in the Inbox, and later this year, I will create a
    folder for these probably called Emails 2007, and then I will move all of my
    current emails into that folder and so on...My old emails are already in
    their respective folders titled Emails 2004, 2005 and so on...

    However, on importing my emails, I have noticed that while my Inbox emails
    import okay, if I try and make subfolders for my Sent Items, why is it that
    all of the emails in the Sent Items do not say “To� They all say “From� -
    how do I correct this?

    If I do change the header in the Layout from “To†to “Fromâ€, it changes once
    and then goes back to saying From the next time I start Windows Mail? Is this
    a bug, or can you suggest a workaround that I can use?

    Please help with your advice.

    Thanks for your help.

    I look forward to your response.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Jun 11, 2007
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  8. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi again

    Also forgot to ask - like the spell-check problem of Outlook Express being
    broken if Office 2007 is installed, does the same thing happen in Windows
    Mail if Office 2007 is installed in Windows Vista?

    If yes, please let me know of a fix? - BTW, does Windows Mail spell-check in
    UK English, or is it US English by default?

    How would I get UK English to work in Windows Mail like I have done in
    Outlook Express in Windows XP? - I installed an earlier version of a
    spellchecker from Office 2000 in Windows XP and now Outlook Express spell
    checks fine in UK English.

    Please help with your advice.

    Thanks for your help.

    I look forward to your response.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Jun 11, 2007
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  9. happy37

    Ron Sommer Guest

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    :
    : However, on importing my emails, I have noticed that while my Inbox emails
    : import okay, if I try and make subfolders for my Sent Items, why is it
    that
    : all of the emails in the Sent Items do not say “To� They all say “From†-
    : how do I correct this?
    :
    : If I do change the header in the Layout from “To†to “Fromâ€, it changes
    once
    : and then goes back to saying From the next time I start Windows Mail? Is
    this
    : a bug, or can you suggest a workaround that I can use?
    :
    : Please help with your advice.
    :
    : Thanks for your help.
    :
    : I look forward to your response.
    :
    : Regards
    :
    :
    :
    snipped

    User created folders all use the same layout as Inbox and Deleted Items.
    The From column is on the left.
    I add a To column on the right.

    Sent Items, Outbox, and Drafts use a layout with To on the left.
     
    Ron Sommer, Jun 11, 2007
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  10. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi Ron

    Thanks for your reply - that clears it up for me about the layout...yet
    please do reply or let me know about the spell-check problem of Outlook
    Express being broken if Office 2007 is installed, does the same thing happen
    in Windows Mail if Office 2007 is installed in Windows Vista?

    If yes, please let me know of a fix? - BTW, does Windows Mail spell-check in
    UK English, or is it US English by default?

    How would I get UK English to work in Windows Mail like I have done in
    Outlook Express in Windows XP? - I installed an earlier version of a
    spellchecker from Office 2000 in Windows XP and now Outlook Express spell
    checks fine in UK English.

    Please also reply or let me know about my backup question - like Outlook
    Express, there is/was a program called OEQB (Outlook Express Quick Backup)
    which I still use a lot in Windows XP to backup and restore all of my emails.
    Can OEQB still be used in Windows Vista for Windows Mail or not? - would it
    work like OEQB or not?

    Please help with your advice.

    Thanks for your help.

    I look forward to your response.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Jun 11, 2007
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  11. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi all

    Thanks for your replies - that clears it up for me about the layout...yet
    please do reply or let me know about the spell-check problem of Outlook
    Express being broken if Office 2007 is installed, does the same thing happen
    in Windows Mail if Office 2007 is installed in Windows Vista?

    If yes, please let me know of a fix? - BTW, does Windows Mail spell-check in
    UK English, or is it US English by default?

    How would I get UK English to work in Windows Mail like I have done in
    Outlook Express in Windows XP? - I installed an earlier version of a
    spellchecker from Office 2000 in Windows XP and now Outlook Express spell
    checks fine in UK English.

    Please also reply or let me know about my backup question - like Outlook
    Express, there is/was a program called OEQB (Outlook Express Quick Backup)
    which I still use a lot in Windows XP to backup and restore all of my emails.
    Can OEQB still be used in Windows Vista for Windows Mail or not? - would it
    work like OEQB or not?

    Please help with your advice - I really do need to know with regards to this.

    Thanks for your help.

    I look forward to your responses.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Jun 12, 2007
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  12. Comments inline.

    US English.
    At this time there is no UK English spellchecker for Windows Mail, and
    we don't know when (if ever) one will be provided. Unlike OE, Windows Mail
    is not able to use Office dictionaries.
    Sorry, I have no expertise regarding backup.
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Jun 12, 2007
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  13. It sort of breaks it but if you go to Tools | Options | Spelling, select
    German and click Apply and then select English and click Apply | OK it will
    be back to checking American English.
     
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Jun 13, 2007
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  14. happy37

    Rojo26 Guest

    I'm very happy that Microsoft makes this service available, but God forbid
    they should put such a simple answer in its help files. If it weren't for you
    MVPs, we'd be out of luck.

    Rojo
     
    Rojo26, Jun 13, 2007
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  15. happy37

    happy37 Guest

    Hi to all that replied: -

    Just popping back to say a big thanks for all of your help on this topic.

    Having read what you all had to say, I have decided that Windows Mail was
    not the option for me and that I have switched from Outlook Express to
    Outlook 2007 on both Windows XP and Vista and all works fine.

    Thanks once again - please keep up the good work.

    Regards
     
    happy37, Jun 21, 2007
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  16. I'm sure Outlook 2007 will work out well for you.

    Gary VanderMolen
     
    Gary VanderMolen, Jun 22, 2007
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