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Windows 7: Transfer of outlook express 6 to windows 7 home premium

22 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Transfer of outlook express 6 to windows 7 home premium

I am almost 81 years old & not very computer literate. A few years ago, I bought a Windows 7 home computer but have primarily used it just to listen to music as I couldn't get it to send or receive Outlook Express 6. I therefore bought a used computer that ran Windows XP. I have a seperate Seagate external hard drive for each computer but it appears that my XP computer has not downloaded any of my my email or extensive email files which I wish to save. Why can't Microsoft provide a Windows 7 system that uses Outlook Express 6 or a system compatable with it. I HATE Windows 7 & WILL NOT have anything to do with Windows 8, 9, 10 or whatever they are going to call it! I wish i could get Bill Gates to read this!

When I bought my used XP computer it did not come with a XP CD which the Seagate external hard drive is calling for? . How can I get my good Windows 7 home premium to copy the extensive email messages I have filled & saved? Some have said I should upgrade to Windows 7 Premium or Ultimate. Should I?.

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22 Mar 2014   #2

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hello WmToensing,
Welcome to the 7 forum.
I say keep windows 7. XP will no longer be supported after April 8.
Now, to get your E-Mail going again, Google "Windows live mail" it will take you to a MS site where you can download Windows live mail. it is very similar to outlook express. you will have to set it up just like outlook and then you can send and receive mail again.
Feel free to post any questions. there are plenty of people who will be able to help you.
Sven
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22 Mar 2014   #3

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WmToensing View Post
I therefore bought a used computer that ran Windows XP. I have a seperate Seagate external hard drive for each computer but it appears that my XP computer has not downloaded any of my my email or extensive email files which I wish to save.

Not sure I follow this. Do you mean you have not been able to receive or send any email on this Windows XP computer? Why not? Outlook Express and Windows XP are compatible.


When I bought my used XP computer it did not come with a XP CD which the Seagate external hard drive is calling for?

I don't follow this. You don't need an external drive to have working email. Your internal hard drive is fine for that purpose.

How can I get my good Windows 7 home premium to copy the extensive email messages I have filled & saved?

Where is that email saved right now? Internal drive? External drive? Another computer entirely?


Some have said I should upgrade to Windows 7 Premium or Ultimate. Should I?

There is certainly no reason for you to have Ultimate. Home Premium is more than enough.

Outlook Express has been discontinued and is unavailable on any version of Windows 7 as far as I know.

If you have old Outlook Express email stored somewhere, you will have to "import" those messages into some other email program. That can be done, but it's a bit complicated. I use Thunderbird, a free non-Microsoft product. As far as I know, Windows Live Mail is the primary email application for those who want a Microsoft product. If I were in your shoes, I'd at least try Live Mail.

I think Live Mail is part of a package called Live Essentials, which you can get at the link below. It does NOT work on XP computers. You must use Windows 7.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...ive/essentials

Importing into Windows Live Mail:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...backup-restore

Other than email, do you still hate Windows 7? It's pretty tough to tell anyone who connects to the Internet at all to stay with XP since it is about to become unsupported by Microsoft.

I generally agree with you though. I wish Outlook Express was still around as I used it successfully for 10 years and I think Windows Live Mail is a poor substitute. I tried it and gave it up within a month.


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22 Mar 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

This is why you should never use an email program, simply use your internet service providers email program, you can look at your email on any computer anywhere in the world, and all your info is always there until you delete it

Or just set up a Yahoo account.

Microsofts mail programs, office etc. should only be used in a work environment, where it`s backed up to a server.
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22 Mar 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Being 80 is not a good reason to stay stuck in the past
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22 Mar 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Outlook express was discontinued due the the fact that it was totally insecure in the modern world, Microsoft decided that rather than spend time and resources in adding patch after patch to try to secure the program it was better for users to develop an alternative new system - Windows mail was developed and as the world changed further this evolved into windows Live mail, which is the present sucessor to your original Outlook Express.

If you wish to retain the look and feel of Outlook express then Thundirbird is probably the best current alternative.

You do not say if you have a Microsoft, or other online provider's email service, the options above will allow you to access these locally under Windows 7 - If you have a Microsoft account and use the included email service www.outlook.com is Microsoft's online email program and looks and works in a quite similar way to the Original oOutlook express, so it may be a good choice for you, but would mean switching to an online system - this has an advantage in that all your mail is stored on the server which is protected and backed up regularly.

Hope this helps
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22 Mar 2014   #7

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I was in a very similar situation Mr. Toensing. I used XP for years with Outlook Express. You know what control freaks the Microsoft folks are. They don't want to allow the end user to have their choice of options, but they want the whole world on the same page that they are on. Oh well, I won't get into that now. Anyway, I think your best bet is just to download an email program called Thunderbird which works very similar to Outlook Express. Then setup Thunderbird to work with your old email address. We can all help you do that if that is what you decide to do. Some folks on here might even be able to tell you how to import all your old email addresses from Outlook Express, but if you can't do that, at the very least you can manually type them in. As far as transferring the old messages from Outlook Express, I'm not sure you can do that.

Even Netscape Messenger 4.8 is a good email program similar to Outlook Express, but you may have trouble finding out how to set it up with your email account. Please ask us if you need help. Thanks.

Oh and as far as comparing XP to windows 7, I'll save that for another thread.
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22 Mar 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Hi William -- As was said in the last message, Thunderbird is very much like Outlook Express, which is no longer available. Go to this link https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/download and download it. The green bar on this page will do the job. == After you do this, you can import your messages from Outlook Express to Thunderbird. This tells you how. How to Import Mail from Outlook Express in Mozilla Thunderbird - About Email If you need more instructions on how to do it or how to set it up, please ask. == It is not Windows 7 that is stopping you from using Outlook Express, it has been discontinued. If you will give Windows 7 a try and use Thunderbird for your email, I think you will be pleased.
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