Need to recover old e-mail from outlook (or outlook express?)

Discussion in 'Windows Live Mail' started by Octagon, Dec 21, 2008.

  1. Octagon

    Octagon Guest

    My old computer died. I got a new one. In the process, I changed from some
    flavor of Outlook (I think Express) to Live Mail. I had a disk back-up, so I
    was able to recover the .pst file from Outlook.

    How do I get at my old e-mails from the old machine?

    Thank you to anyone who can help!
    Octagon, Dec 21, 2008
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  2. Outlook Express and the Office Outlook are very different program with
    different file formats.

    If you found a PST file that would be from the Office Outlook.

    Outlook Express (OE) uses DBX files, one per OE folder. So if you were
    really using Outlook Express, you found the wrong files.

    In the case of Office Outlook, you'll need to install it on your current
    PC, get the PST file working in it and then do a File, Import, Messages.
    Michael Santovec, Dec 21, 2008
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    Ron Sommer Guest

    I thought that you could import to a pst file to Windows Mail, then to
    Windows Live Mail.
    Ron Sommer, Dec 21, 2008
  4. Octagon

    Guest Guest

    The pst files won't import directly into Windows Mail except on machines
    that have a suitable version of Office Outlook installed; Windows Mail
    needs to use part of Office Outlook in order to be able to extract
    messages from the pst files.

    Robert Miles
    Guest, Dec 22, 2008
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    ...winston Guest

    To add to robert's input..
    It's my understanding that WM needs to be able to identify the name of the Profile in an installed version of Outlook. Since
    Outlook controls the pst in use(the default is Outlook.pst), the application needs to be present for another email client to find

    For the op...
    Install the same version of Outlook(Office) or the trial version would be acceptable.
    Open Outlook(it will create a profile named Outlook.pst), agree to any prompts to setup a profile, accept all defaults.
    Use Outlook to determine the location of the new pst file(navigate in Explorer to validate the ability to find the folder and file.
    The just created Outlook.pst file will have a current date).
    Close Outlook(important)
    Navigate to the Outlook.pst file, then rename it OutlookPst.old
    Copy the older(backed up pst file)to the same folder, rename the file to Outlook.pst if named differently)
    Open Outlook and allow it to build whatever folders etc.
    Close Outlook

    Now WLM or WM can import any content(depending upon the size of the original pst file and the number of messags, folders, email
    accounts may take some time for WLM to index the patient)
    ...winston, Dec 22, 2008
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    Octagon Guest

    Based I the responses here, I resolved my problem by finding another machine
    (my computer at work) which had Outlook on it, importing the .pst file there,
    and then mailing everything back to my new home machine.

    Thank you to everyone who helped!
    Octagon, Dec 23, 2008
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    ...winston Guest

    That's another way. Thanks for reporting back.
    ...winston, Dec 23, 2008
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    dinaatwork Guest

    I'm having the same problem! It's so frustrating...any tips would be
    appreciated. Thanks, D.
    dinaatwork, Dec 26, 2008
  9. You need to explain YOUR problem in detail.

    Are you trying to recover mail from Outlook Express or the Office
    Outlook? The programs are very different with different file formats.

    Have you found the data files from the old program?

    What have you tried and what goes wrong? Any error messages?
    Michael Santovec, Dec 27, 2008
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    dinaatwork Guest

    Thanks for the response! My problem is this: our Outlook Express was on
    a PC that was running Windows 98. We recently got a new computer that
    runs Windows Mail on x64 Vista. We've plugged the old hard drive into
    the new computer as drive E, and we've managed to import the contact
    list/address book from OE into WinMail, but I can't find the folder
    where OE was storing messages to import them. Nor can I open the OE
    application itself, because I get an error message saying I might damage
    the system if I try to do so. So I'm stuck.
    dinaatwork, Dec 27, 2008
  11. If you are running Vista, you can't run Outlook Express.

    You wan to do a search for *.DBX files. These are typically marked as
    hidden system files. You you may need to use advanced search options.

    Note that Windows Live Mail (WLM) and the Vista Windows Mail (WM) are
    different programs. WM comes with Vista. WLM has to be download and
    installed on Windows XP or Vista.

    For help with the Vista Windows Mail (WM) program, use this Newsgroup:

    You can also get to the newsgroup via this web site:
    There select Windows Vista, then Windows Mail.

    Backing up Windows Mail and importing from Outlook Express to Windows
    Import messages into Windows Mail from Outlook Express:
    Michael Santovec, Dec 28, 2008
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