Windows Mail - Importing Outlook Express Email

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

  1. WadeBart

    Gordon Guest

    if you still have the XP machine, import your pst file into Outlook Express
    on that machine, and then move the resultant dbx files to the Vista
    Gordon, Feb 12, 2007
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  2. My guess it's because none of the Me too! in this discussion
    mention Folders.dbx which your FAQ says is necessary:

    Windows Mail will only import (File | Import | Messages) from dbx files
    in an intact message store that contains a non-corrupt version of folders.dbx

    But is there a way to repair or generate a Folders.dbx? <eg>

    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 12, 2007
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  3. WadeBart

    Joe Miller Guest

    i don't know what it means by a corrupt folders.dbx, mine is there, i log
    into xp and can access it easliy. add folders delete them whatever i wish.
    windows mail just won't recognize them as valid dbx files
    Joe Miller, Feb 12, 2007
  4. WadeBart

    Joe Miller Guest

    ok i guess in this case i shouldn't have expected windows mail to function
    the same as the rest of windows. when browsing to the message store for oe6
    DO NOT open the folder the store is in, select the folder then hit the select
    folder button. for some dumb reason if you actually go into the folder and
    sthen hit select folder it adds an additional copy of the folder name into
    the path. for example, store dbx files are in c:\backup\oe\mail browse to
    c:\backup\oe select mail and then hit select folder. if you browse to
    c:\backup\oe\mail and hit select folder it ends up with the path as
    Joe Miller, Feb 12, 2007
  5. You have to do on a machine that has Outlook. There is no way known to
    import directly from a pst file to Windows Mail unless you have Outlook

    You can take an old machine with XP and Outlook and export the messages to
    OE on that machine and then import from those exported messages into
    WinMail, but there is no direct way unless Outlook is installed on the Vista

    Steve Cochran, Feb 12, 2007
  6. No.

    Steve Cochran, Feb 12, 2007
  7. WadeBart

    PA Bear Guest

    Gordon, the only way OE can import a PST file is if OL is also installed on
    the machine and using the PST file in question.
    PA Bear, Feb 13, 2007
  8. WadeBart

    Jack Guest

    In all this discussion, you guys have left out the most critical point. When
    you click browse and go to the message stor or the folder where the dbx files
    are located. Most people don't see any files and click "Cancel" and try
    again. Please tell everybody that when they get to this point to click select
    folder even though they don't see any files. Then they will see the path
    error. They need to stop one folder short and not actually open the folder
    where the files are. Then the path will be correct. Amazing that all these
    techs can't explain that in plain english. Step by step. Click by click. See
    spot run.
    Jack, Feb 14, 2007
  9. WadeBart

    André R. Guest


    I am following this thread because I have the same problem: Import OE
    Address Book Folders from one drive into Vista on the second drive.
    For the life of me, I cannot find .dbx files - of any sort - on my first
    drive, never mind in the OE folder.
    All of my files are visible and no extensions are truncated. Would you
    please give me some guidance? Thank you. Andre
    André R., Feb 21, 2007
  10. The address book is a wab file. Search for *.wab.

    The messages are dbx files which are hidden. To see them you have to enable
    showing hidden files in Control Panel | Folder Options | View and also when
    searching do an Advanced search and include hidden files in the advanced

    See and

    Steve Cochran, Feb 21, 2007
  11. WadeBart

    André R. Guest

    Bingo, Steve! Doing the Advanced search brought up the .dbx files. I will
    use your prior instructions and go on from there. Thank you so very much. I
    will let you know the outcome, which I am sure will be
    favorable...eventually. Frustration is ended. Many thanks, André
    André R., Feb 21, 2007
  12. Great! Its a bit tricky.


    Steve Cochran, Feb 22, 2007
  13. WadeBart

    Bob Guest

    What worked for me. As told in previous posts put all DBX in one folder,
    right click to change Attributes. Won't go through all the procedures as
    most know how to do this anyway. Navigate your way to MS Mail be sure you
    are in the area that is showing folders inbox etc. Copy or move the DBX
    folder that you made to this area again checking with a right click and
    changing attributes if need be. The Mail program should be shut down when
    all this is taking place. Open the mail program and import from the
    directory MS Mail. This works everytme. Not very good at giving directions
    but the folder that you made must be in MSMail. It is very important to
    change attributes from read only just uncheck the box.

    Bob, Feb 23, 2007
  14. WadeBart

    SpeedRacer Guest

    Worked like a dream.
    Thanks Steve!

    SpeedRacer, May 14, 2007
  15. Great!


    Steve Cochran, May 15, 2007
  16. WadeBart

    Dave from DE Guest

    I have tried everything up to this point,
    -Read only is uncheck
    -folders.dbx is included
    - all .dbx files saved in Documents directory

    It still does not recognize the files exit in this directory, or something
    is running that the system does not like.

    I am out of hope.

    Can I downloan Outlook Express to my computer and see if this will recognize
    my old OE email files?

    Thank you.
    Dave from DE, Aug 17, 2007
  17. WadeBart

    Dave Guest

    When you navigate to the folder where the .dbx files are, pay attention to
    the path that is shown... it will be incorrect if you open the folder....
    Dave, Aug 17, 2007
  18. WadeBart

    Dave from DE Guest

    Can you explain your comment?
    I see when I go to import the files, I believe it is looking in

    and I believe that this is where I have saved the files, so I'm think the
    location is being picked up correctly.

    Did you mean something else?

    Thank you.
    Dave from DE, Aug 17, 2007
  19. WadeBart

    Dave Guest

    If you have the files in c:\temp
    when you use the Import routine, and navigate to C:\temp..
    if you open c:\temp and click on one of the .dbx files, it will show the
    path as C:\temp\temp
    which is incorrect....
    so just click on the folder name (c:\temp), then it should work...

    also, make sure you have all of the .dbx files, including the folders.dbx
    Dave, Aug 17, 2007
  20. WadeBart

    magic Guest

    I spent entirely too much time trying to resolve this issue, just because I
    want to know how things work (or don't, in this case). Before looking here,
    I had tried almost everything suggested.....all to no avail.

    I finally resolved the issue--I downloaded Mozilla Thunderbird and had no
    problem importing all the messages into it.

    If this is just a taste of what's to come, I'm pretty sure I won't like
    Windows Vista Home Basic.

    Now I have to see if anyone has resolved the problem with displaying files
    on a search. It almost looks like Windows 3 days!!

    magic, Aug 24, 2007
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