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Windows 7: new window 7 laptop & email from old computer

11 Dec 2011   #1

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 
new window 7 laptop & email from old computer

I have a new computer that is windows 7 home premium 64 and am moving from a vista one in which I used window mail. Despite my research, I don't have a good plan as to how to move my emails. I have used windows mail for 4 years and have emails (many with attachments) archived and organized in multiple folders. Two email accounts are checked and go into different inboxes each with subfolders to archive. I use one sent mail folder (but have subfolders by year) for everything I sent. My hope is to move as easily as possible to the new system and have all my emails, attachments, and folder organization intact. I am used to Windows Mail but don't love it but do not want to use a web based email program because I need it as speedy as possible.

Please give any advice and help you can, please.

I have read the tutorial about installing windows mail on windows 7. I could do that but am not used to doing things with that sophistication on a computer. I have not read through all 100+ pages of comments on the tutorial. However, once I do that, I am still not sure how to get everything needed from one computer to another and not sure I could handle future problems.

Another option that I considered was downloading another email program on the vista system with the hope that it would import all my emails, attachments, and folder organization. Then I could load the same program on the new computer, but again, how would I get everything transferred?

I purchased PC Mover (with an ethernet cord) to move data from computer to computer and it has software that will move data, setting, and applications. I tried it to move windows mail (and some other programs) and it didn't work. I have reset the computer to the factory settings and redone all the updates again.

What recommendations, please? I am willing to try a new email program but really like having one that is just email and not 10 other things.

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11 Dec 2011   #2

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi vasser89, Welcome to Seven Forums.
The best thing you can do is to export your mail in .EML format. Select ALL folders. Once you decide on which new email program your going to use, they can be imported into it, this is not really necessary, as they can be opened directly, providing you have an email program installed, i.e. Windows Live Mal.
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11 Dec 2011   #3

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Thanks for the response but I am not quite understanding. Do I use Windows Mail to export? Is the .eml format for individual files? What about the attachments and folder organization? And are you saying that if I download Windows Live Mail (about which I have heard bad things) that everything from Windows Mail will be there (assuming I do it on the old computer).
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12 Dec 2011   #4

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hopefully this will be clearer. Make a new folder on your desktop and name it 'My Email' Open the program where your emails are stored. Click file on the menu tab and select export messages. If it gives options, select Microsoft Windows Live Mail. Select the new folder you made to store them. Leave the setting for 'All Folders' ticked and press Next. Mission accomplished. You can now save them anywhere you want.
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12 Dec 2011   #5

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vassar89 View Post
Windows Live Mail (about which I have heard bad things)
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vassar89 View Post
I am willing to try a new email program but really like having one that is just email and not 10 other things.
There are alternatives.
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12 Dec 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Check this link for alternatives to Windows Live Mail.

Windows Live Mail Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
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12 Dec 2011   #7

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

thanks for the suggestions!

If I move emails to a new program, will it automatically find the attachments that (I think) Windows Mail stores in a different place than the email itself?
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12 Dec 2011   #8

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

I was actually successful in following the tutorial and installing Windows Mail on my new windows 7 system. But I am still considering another programs. I miss Pine, I used that for so long.

Does anyone know why, after I followed the tutorial, there were two "desktop.ini" files left on the desktop? Can I delete them or move them somewhere else?
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12 Dec 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

These files are used to tell Windows how to display a folder or when you customize a folder.

Check here: What is the Windows desktop.ini file and can I delete it?
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12 Dec 2011   #10

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thanks again, any thoughts about my question above concerning attachments. To repeat, forgive me:
I think that attachments are filed away by windows mail somewhere other than the easy to find "mailboxes" folder (which I renamed New Mailboxes) and is in my user app data. How will I get those into my new computer? I am going to use PC Mover, but am not sure how to make sure it get the attachments. Or should I try a flash drive?
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