Windows Mail - Importing Outlook Express Email

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by WadeBart, Feb 3, 2007.

  1. WadeBart

    WadeBart Guest

    I get the following error when I try to import my Outlook Express email into
    Windows Mail. I'm trying to import from from the folder that has all the
    *.dbx files

    "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."
    WadeBart, Feb 3, 2007
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    PA Bear Guest

    Forwarded to newsgroup via crosspost.
    PA Bear, Feb 4, 2007
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  3. Make a new folder under your Documents folder.
    Copy all the DBX files, including Folders.dbx, to that folder.
    Make sure they are not Read Only.
    Use WinMail's File | Import | Messages and browse to that folder.
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Feb 4, 2007
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    Dick S Guest

    Dick S, Feb 5, 2007
  5. WadeBart

    Dick S Guest

    Dick S, Feb 5, 2007
  6. WadeBart

    Dick S Guest

    I also receive the error message in Win Mail import. I have copied files as
    shown, checked attributes and still receive the same message. What else needs
    to be done?
    Dick S, Feb 5, 2007
  7. WadeBart

    PA Bear Guest

    Did you remove any Read Only attribute the DBX files might have?
    PA Bear, Feb 5, 2007
  8. WadeBart

    Dick S Guest

    Yes, I checked the attributes for every folder and none of them have read
    only or any other attribute checked.
    Dick S, Feb 5, 2007
  9. WadeBart

    PA Bear Guest

    Did you include Folders.dbx in the set of files you copied?
    PA Bear, Feb 5, 2007
  10. WadeBart

    Dick S Guest

    Yes I did.

    Dick S, Feb 5, 2007
  11. Create a directory under Documents and copy all the dbx files there. Then
    see if you can import from that directory.


    Steve Cochran, Feb 5, 2007
  12. Then either you copied the wrong set of DBX files or they were emptied
    before you copied them. Is the old computer still available?

    Try DBXtract or DRXpress. The latter can search the hard drive for messages
    read about both at ; these, BTW are Steve's site and
    Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM, Feb 6, 2007
  13. Steve Cochran, Feb 6, 2007
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    Joe Miller Guest

    i too have been haveing this problem, system is a dual boot system, drive
    c:\ is winxp.sp2 drive d:\ is vista home premium. did a clean install of
    both operating systems.

    copied the dbx files from the old winxp partition to the new winxp
    partition. they are able to be pulled up correctly in outlook express and no
    corruption seems to be taking place.
    also copied all the .dbx file to the documents folder of the vista
    partition, set attributes to no t be read only and ownership/ permissions are
    correctly set for full access.
    vista mail does not recognize any dbx files in either directory. not only
    that i attempted to send an e-mail with vista mail and the mail went into the
    outbox and i recieved an unknown error. now every time i check mail the mail
    is resent to the recipient. i am unable to delete the message or move it to
    another folder.
    Joe Miller, Feb 6, 2007
  15. You can go to the Outbox directory and delete the eml file directly. It
    will be at

    %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders\Outbox

    I don't know why the import won't work.

    You can try repairing the database as follows:

    Steve Cochran, Feb 6, 2007
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    Joe Miller Guest

    tried that already, the import tool won't even recognize the .dbx files as
    being outlook express files.
    Joe Miller, Feb 6, 2007
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    GoldLama Guest

    It seems to be a chronic problem with Microsoft programs that they have a
    shocking compatibility issue. it is resolvable, but one has to essentially
    steer clear of as much Microsoft software as possible. If you only want to
    rescue your emails so you can view them again, something like DBXtract etc.
    works well, otherwise i'm about to try installing thunderbird to see if that
    will accept my old dbx files. As with other mozilla programs, i'm quite sure
    it will work well. Only microsoft is foolish enough not to be compatible
    with itself.
    GoldLama, Feb 12, 2007
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    scott Guest

    Yes its rather amazing that M$ windows mail is not able to import from
    Outlook express or Outlook. I tried and was totally shocked when nothing
    would work. Way to go M$.
    scott, Feb 12, 2007
  19. You can import from the OE message store into WinMail. see

    Most people are getting stuck on point 5 there.

    Also, one can import by just pointing to a single dbx file (non-corrupt)
    with my OEX program: and it works in OE and in WinMail.

    Steve Cochran, Feb 12, 2007
  20. I only saved my .pst files, not figuring I'd need any other. Is there a way
    to import those into Windows mail that I'm missing? I'm going from Outlook
    on XP to Vista mail.
    Steven Freeman, Feb 12, 2007
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