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Windows 7: Email lost after Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade


16 Dec 2009   #1

 
 
Email lost after Vista to Windows 7 Upgrade

Hi
Hopefully someone out there can answer this simple question.

I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 with no problem. A pop up did mention that I would not be able to use windows mail but did advise my setting and files would still be able to be used. I now have Outlook running but can find no way forward to find all my previous emails.

Question.....

Where are my files?

Many thanks for reading............even more thanks if you can pass comment or answer....Cheers

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17 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 & 8 64-bit, Mac OSX 10.8.2
 
 

If you have access to a PC running Vista, you can copy the Windows Mail files into a PC running Windows 7, which would let you open Windows Mail. The messages can be "exported", but the options are only for Windows Mail or Microsoft Exchange formats, which probably doesn't help much - Windows Mail
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18 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Hi,

I'm in the same position as shaunohare.

Prior to commencing the upgrade from Vista to Windows 7 it stated;

Upgrading Windows will affect the following features:
  • Windows Mail is no longer included in Windows; however your e-mail files and settings will still be available after the upgrade. To send and receive e-mail you will need to install a new e-mail program. You can get e-mail programs from other software manufacturers or from the Microsoft website.
I need to know where I can find my mail / contacts to be able to import to Outlook 2007.
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18 Dec 2009   #4

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Your email and address book should be in the Windows.old folder somewhere. Probably Windows.old > Users > Your Name > Appdata > Local & Roaming.
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18 Dec 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

You may also be able to find them by typing .eml in the start search box.
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18 Dec 2009   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

"C:\Users\Username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\WindowsMail.MSMessageStore"

For future reference, the Paragon DB10 and B&R10 include a feature to backup emails from legacy email clients ( sadly, I don't think that feature is in the free version of B&R10).

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Static backup do a range of free email backup apps. - they are very good:

http://www.staticbackup.com/products.htm

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18 Dec 2009   #7

Windows 7 / XP service pack 3
 
 

I'm guessing when you go from Vista (or XP), your data is not saved. It does save some of the old OS files, but not your data. The HD is reformatted. Did you have a back up of your data? That's where you would find them if they were backed up.
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18 Dec 2009   #8

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cherivo View Post
I'm guessing when you go from Vista (or XP), your data is not saved. It does save some of the old OS files, but not your data. The HD is reformatted. Did you have a back up of your data? That's where you would find them if they were backed up.
All of your data is saved in the Windows.old folder, unless you reformat before you install 7, but Seven doesn't reformat and destroy your data on its own.
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19 Dec 2009   #9

Windows 7
 
 

I'm having problems finding the Windows.old folder. I've tried through "Search programs and files" with no luck.

Any assistance in advising where to find would be appreciated.
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19 Dec 2009   #10

windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Click on:
Start > Computer > C:drive (or the drive where Windows7 is installed) and you should see it there, unless you ran the post-install cleanup, which removes the installation related folders from your pc (and Windows.old is one of those).
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