Rule of thumb - don't interrupt Windows if it looks like it is trying to do something - b/c it probably is.
If your ISP supports webmail, see if you can use Vista to push all your email back onto the ISP servers - and then create a new account in WLM and download it all again (that is a long shot).
Another alternative would be to use a second email, such as HoTMaiL or GMail, and have that fetch our mail from your ISP - a bit safer there as you'll always have access to your email when you're online, and with HoTMaiL now supporting POP access and GMail supporting both POP and IMAP access, you can have any program (WLM, Thunderbird, Outlook, etc) download a copy
of your email, leaving the original on the servers, without any problems. I have well over 4000 emails in one of my GMail accounts, and it is not even close to using a GB of space, and currently GMail is up to over 7.5 GB per account.
My own solution is this:
- I use all accounts independently of each other.
- I use either POP access or else IMAP (for GMail, I use IMAP and server side filtering, which I just finished setting up yesterday)
- I keep copies online as well as DLing all mail to my desktop
Now, I have my mail at all times. The only thing I don't have is my own ISP mail, as I never use that for anything that is really important.