Outlook Express data files & Window Live Mail

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Duncs, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. Duncs

    Duncs Guest

    OK, Outlook Express isn't supplied with Vista but Windows Live Mail lets me
    read NG's...I'm happy with that. However, I have a couple of questions
    regarding it:

    1. Can the .DBX mail files from OE be imported into Live Mail and if so,
    2. I've set up an account with about 6 NG's and I've tried every option
    from the Sync menu, but
    none of them seem to do anything. My thinking would be that the sync
    would download all
    headers / messages--based on the synchronisation settings, but it
    So, how do I get this working?


    Duncs, Apr 18, 2009
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    DL Guest

    But Vista does have Windows Mail, the OE replacement, which can import your
    OE identity
    DL, Apr 18, 2009
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  3. Duncs

    Chad Harris Guest

    Hey Duncs--

    See this for a possible solution:



    Windows Mail is supplied with Vista. It has some different features than
    Win Live Mail. I like the GUI appearance of OE and Win Mail better, and in
    Vista you get Win Mail and can download and use Win Live Mail. In the next
    OS, Win Mail is gone, and you can download and use Win Live Mail.

    Win Live Mail has considerably faster search for newsgroup entries by
    individual or topic than either OE or Windows Mail. If you're in vista,
    you can type msimn in the run box or search box to bring up Windows Mail.

    You can try to import by going to File>ImportC:\Users\Your Computer Name
    Here\AppData\Local\Microsoft>and select the Inbox and the sent folder in
    successive inports or you can select newsgroup messages.

    What I think is a better solution is simply to gather all your mail from or
    Win Live Mail/Win Mail/OE on an older boot if you dual or multiboot and you
    want to get the mail from the older boot. Then you can drag them and drop
    them into the new Win Live Mail in box. I've been able to do this with the
    ..eml format of Windows Mail into Win Live, and the format of Win Live to Win
    Live and I like simple drag and drop best. I do this often because I
    multi-boot and install different beta builds of the OS.

    I've used different ways to convert .dbx into the .eml of Windows Mail. One
    way you can convert .dbx to drag and drop into Windows Live Mail is this:

    View .dbx files in OE:

    create a folder on the Desktop and open it.
    Open the .dbx folder in Outlook Express, select a message, press ctrl + A to
    select all the messages in the folder.
    Left click on the selected messages and hold the mouse button down, drag the
    messages out of Outlook Express onto the Desktop folder button on the
    The Desktop folder should appear, continue to hold the mouse button down and
    drag the messages up into the Desktop folder and release the mouse button.

    The messages will be converted to .eml files, which you should be able to
    drag into a folder in Windows Live Mail.Open the folder in Windows Live Mail
    and drag the .eml messages into the right pane of Windows Live Mail and

    Good luck,

    Chad Harris, Apr 18, 2009
  4. Duncs

    +Bob+ Guest

    Easily: File -> Import -> Messages (or Contacts too).
    +Bob+, Apr 18, 2009
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