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Windows 7: Backup Windows Live Email Contacts and Messages


26 Sep 2011   #1

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
Backup Windows Live Email Contacts and Messages

Under XP, I have always backed up my OUtlook Express address book and email messages from the C: drive location.

Now under Windows 7 and using Windows Live Email, I am trying to find the appropriate contact and message files so that I can back them up in the event of ever needing a possible OS reinstall.

Can someone give me the path to these files (including the file names and suffixes)?

Thanks


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26 Sep 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi Coastalguy, there is no need to backup email in WLM as it will still be available by accessing your account directly. WLM only uses a contacts list and if its the same account your signed in with, they will be available on WLM when you sign in again.
If you don't sign in to WLM messages can be saved. I use WLM 2010, so yours will be slightly different if using WLM 2011.

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26 Sep 2011   #3

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
My Account?

I am not sure what you mean by accessing my account. Aren't WLM messages and contact files stored on the same partition as the Windows 7 OS? By backing up, I mean to have a copy of the messages and contacts on another partition in case I ever need to reinstall Windows 7, thereby wiping out all files under the Win8 os partition.

Am I missing something here? Possibly you mean I can export them to another partition instead of doing a backup? I am using a batch file to backup all of my data and would like to include these backups in my batch file to keep the backup down to one routine.
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26 Sep 2011   #4

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

What email account do you have & do you use it to sign in to WLM
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26 Sep 2011   #5

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
Email Accounts

I have 7 email accounts that I download from various sources, and I do not use any of these accounts to log into WML.
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26 Sep 2011   #6

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

If one of your accounts is hotmail, use it to sign in to WLM, then store all your contacts in it directly, that way you will never lose them and will be available for all your other accounts.
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26 Sep 2011   #7

XP Home 32bit, XP Home(2) 32bit, Ubuntu Meerkat 32bit
 
 
No Hotmail

I do not have hotmail. Just gmail, several website domain emails, and embarqmail. Just curious, that if I have to do a clean, reformatted, re-install of Windows 7, where the account information is kept that it wouldn't be lost. Is it not on the Windows 7 partition that would be lost if that partition was re-formatted?

Are you saying that the contact and message files cannot be copied? As you seem to do not want to tell me where these files are, I presume that copying them is forbidden or something??
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26 Sep 2011   #8

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Look at my image, it shows how to backup mail & accounts.
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26 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coastalguy View Post
...Can someone give me the path to these files (including the file names and suffixes)...
Windows Live Mail The Field Guide
Locates contacts and says how to find the Message store:
"To find the location of your message store, go: Tools->Options…->Advanced [tab]->Maintenance->Store Folder (the default location is a hidden folder)."

However, if you have been using your "signed-in" contact list, that list is duplicated at the webiste "contacts.live.com" so there is no need to save/export/import it. You still need to save your message store and use it as the source for importing all your messages into a new install of WLM.
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27 Sep 2011   #10

Win7 Pro-64 Bit
 
 

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