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Windows 7: Importing mail from Outlook to Windows Live Mail

19 May 2009   #1

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 
Importing mail from Outlook to Windows Live Mail

Hi all
This is quite a complex operation and MS doesn't actually explain how to do it so here goes.

The trick is to get your email messages into Outlook Express (OE on XP) or Windows Mail (on Vista) before you can import into Windows Live mail. Then the import can be done directly.

There isn't any way currently to import mail directly from Outlook to Windows Live Mail so you have to do it indirectly BEFORE installing Windows 7.

1) even if you don't use Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (VISTA) you need to have them running on the same machine as your copy of OUTLOOK.

2) create (if you haven't already) email accounts in OE or Windows mail identical to those you have in Outlook.

3) Now import your messages from Outlook into OE or Windows Mail.

4) Change the Store Identity in OE or Windows mail to a disk that your Windows 7 can read (do this under Maintenance - data storage locations in OE or Windows Mail).
Doing this saves you having to install Live Mail on Vista or XP

5) Logon to your Windows 7 system and install Windows Live mail.

6) Set up your email accounts

7) File ==> import==>messages

8) Chose Outlook express or Windows mail depending on step 3)

9) Browse to the directory where you stored the messages in step 4)

10) Job done.

A bit fiddly but obviously MS don't want to make it easy for people to switch from Outlook

Note also the "Send and Receive" function is calles "SYNC" in Windows Live mail -- confusing but there it is.

If you also installed Windows Messenger you can prevent it from starting automatically at startup by going to the Orb ==>acessories==>run. type msconfig and unclick windows messenger in the start up box.

There doesn't appear to be ANY method of importing mail directly from Outlook 2003/2007


Cheers
jimbo

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Nov 2009   #2

Windows XP
 
 
Importing Messages from Outlook into Windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi all
This is quite a complex operation and MS doesn't actually explain how to do it so here goes.

The trick is to get your email messages into Outlook Express (OE on XP) or Windows Mail (on Vista) before you can import into Windows Live mail. Then the import can be done directly.

There isn't any way currently to import mail directly from Outlook to Windows Live Mail so you have to do it indirectly BEFORE installing Windows 7.

1) even if you don't use Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (VISTA) you need to have them running on the same machine as your copy of OUTLOOK.

2) create (if you haven't already) email accounts in OE or Windows mail identical to those you have in Outlook.

3) Now import your messages from Outlook into OE or Windows Mail.

4) Change the Store Identity in OE or Windows mail to a disk that your Windows 7 can read (do this under Maintenance - data storage locations in OE or Windows Mail).
Doing this saves you having to install Live Mail on Vista or XP

5) Logon to your Windows 7 system and install Windows Live mail.

6) Set up your email accounts

7) File ==> import==>messages

8) Chose Outlook express or Windows mail depending on step 3)

9) Browse to the directory where you stored the messages in step 4)

10) Job done.

A bit fiddly but obviously MS don't want to make it easy for people to switch from Outlook

Note also the "Send and Receive" function is calles "SYNC" in Windows Live mail -- confusing but there it is.

If you also installed Windows Messenger you can prevent it from starting automatically at startup by going to the Orb ==>acessories==>run. type msconfig and unclick windows messenger in the start up box.

There doesn't appear to be ANY method of importing mail directly from Outlook 2003/2007


Cheers
jimbo
Hi Jimbo,
I am purchasing a new pc with Windows7. I read your thread above, and have one problem and one question:
Problem: When trying to save the messages from OE into a CD-RW or pen drive, following the procedure of your step Nr. 4 above, Outlook does not allow it. The OK button is not activated.
Question: Is there a procedure available to import the Address book (Contacts) from Outlook into Windows7 mail?
Thank you
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Nov 2009   #3
RgM

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Jimbo - maybe you can help me with this one:
I had to rebuild my laptop (XP) so, before pressing the button, I Exported my Outlook (2002?) message files (as *.CSV) to a safe place. I now have Outlook Express (not Outlook) and/or Windows Live up and running but cannot find how to Import my old files - any suggestions? I moved my Contacts to Live without problems.

Thanks for any advice
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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18 Nov 2009   #4

Windows XP
 
 

It seems that Jimbo is not reading the messages posted in this topic, as he did not reply to you nor to my former message. Does anyone know how to call anybody´s attention?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RgM View Post
Hi Jimbo - maybe you can help me with this one:
I had to rebuild my laptop (XP) so, before pressing the button, I Exported my Outlook (2002?) message files (as *.CSV) to a safe place. I now have Outlook Express (not Outlook) and/or Windows Live up and running but cannot find how to Import my old files - any suggestions? I moved my Contacts to Live without problems.

Thanks for any advice
Look here

Importing Items into Outlook Express
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

[/quote]
Hi Jimbo,
I am purchasing a new pc with Windows7. I read your thread above, and have one problem and one question:
Problem: When trying to save the messages from OE into a CD-RW or pen drive, following the procedure of your step Nr. 4 above, Outlook does not allow it. The OK button is not activated.
Question: Is there a procedure available to import the Address book (Contacts) from Outlook into Windows7 mail?
Thank you[/QUOTE]

Outlook Express & Windows Live Mail
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7
 
 
Easy Fix

I had the same problem. I inadvetantly found that Mailstore Home (free) can import from outlook and export to LiveMail.

I was easy just a few clicks and 8000 eamils were transfered.

As as a plus Mailstore look like a much better archive. searching the 8000 emails is lightning fast.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Here is a step by step

Download & install Mailstore Home from Mailstore.com


1) Use Mailstore to read all of my Outlook email.
2) Export to "File System" using the eml format
3) Export to a directory such as C:\temp\email
4) In Live Mail use the Import Function
5) Select "Windows Mail" format
6) Select the directory such as C:\temp\email

David
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2010   #9

Windows7
 
 

Many thanks to dguy777 and the publishers of Mailstore Home. The solution offered above worked like magic! The first step was a little confusing for me initially. I suggest it could read:

1) In Mailstore Home, select "Archive Email" and point to Outlook

The other steps were easy to understand for me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7
 
 
Problems with Mailstore Mail

I downlaoded Mailstore and created both an archive and an export which I loaded on my flash drive. I then tried to import either one to my Mail Live both unsuccessfully. I'm getting an error message that says "no messages can be found in this folder.................." what am I doing wrong?

Bob
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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