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17 Feb 2010   #310
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

How to import Windows Mail Contacts, Accounts, Folders & Emails from Vista or Outlook Express to Windows Mail in Windows 7.

A) From Vista

1. Easy Method.
Emails, Folders & Accounts:
  • Show hidden folders by opening any folder and going to: Tools --> Folder Options --> View --> Dot: Show hidden file, folders and drives.
  • In Vista open: Start orb --> User Name --> AppData --> Local --> Microsoft --> Windows Mail --> Local Folders
  • Copy the entire contents of Local Folders as shown in following picture. Click on the picture to enlarge it. The codes in the accounts have been replaced with x & y for security reasons.
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  • In Windows 7 also show hidden folders & go to: Start orb --> User Name --> AppData --> Local --> Microsoft --> Windows Mail --> Local Folders
  • Completely delete the entire contents of Local Folders as seen in the right pane of the picture above. If this is not done, any custom folders included in Vista Local Folders will not import; and there is a danger of corruption from existing files.
  • Paste the copied contents of Local Folders from Vista into the empty Windows 7 Local Folders and close folder.
  • Open WinMail.exe from desktop shortcut, and when prompted, enter your User Name/Password for your ISP.
You now have all your emails, folders and accounts set up; including custom folders.

Note:

1. Any custom made folders such as Accounts, Invoices, etc, that have been created as sub-folders of Local Folders in Vista WinMail, will only be reproduced as sub-folders in Wn7 WinMail, if they contain emails. Such custom made folders that are empty in Vista will have to be re-created manually in Win7.

2. If the whole Vista Windows Mail folder is imported from AppData, and pasted into the existing equivalent Windows Mail folder in Windows 7, it will create a new folder called "Recovered Folders" with sub-folders of Inbox, Outbox, etc. It will then be necessary to manually drag/drop the contents of each sub-folder into the sub-folders of Local Folders. And finally, delete the "Recovered Folders" folder.

It also causes a corruption which will usually auto-fix, but better not to have at all.

Contacts:
  • Open Start Orb --> User Name --> Contacts.
  • Drag & drop the contents of this folder onto a data USB stick
  • Drag & drop from the USB stick into the equivalent folder in Windows 7.

2. Manual Method:
  • Open WinMail.exe application on the Vista desktop.
  • In Local Folders: Drag and drop contents of each sub-folder onto a USB data stick. That is: Inbox, Outbox, Sent Items & Drafts; plus any custom made sub-folders you have created, such as Accounts, Invoices, etc.
  • Open WinMail on desktop of Windows 7.
  • Drag and drop contents of Inbox, Outbox, etc, from the USB stick into the corresponding folders of Local Folders in WinMail. In Local Folders, it will be necessary to create matching sub-folders for your imported custom made folders, before you can drag/drop to them.
  • Set up email accounts manually.
B) From Outlook Express
  • Go to this post here.
Cheers PB




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20 Feb 2010   #311
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Poppa Bear, you & Greg S should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Workarounds....LOL!

It just occurred to me as I've had WM working for ages in Win 7 x64...it doesn't appear in my Start/All Programs list, is there a way? (Likewise for Windows Calendar I guess although I haven't done that yet). I mean the regular Programs list not necessarily the Startup items.

Meanwhile I'll do some more research on the matter.

Edit: Please ignore....it was there, I just wasn't looking hard enough...it's the age you know...groan.
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20 Feb 2010   #312
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Hi Ex_Brit, re:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
Poppa Bear, you & Greg S should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Workarounds....LOL!

It just occurred to me as I've had WM working for ages in Win 7 x64...it doesn't appear in my Start/All Programs list, is there a way? (Likewise for Windows Calendar I guess although I haven't done that yet). I mean the regular Programs list not necessarily the Startup items.

Meanwhile I'll do some more research on the matter.
Hell, with compliments like that my ego's likely to go up like a hot air baloon... double LOL! Truth is Greg S is really the driving force behind the research & development side of it. As he rightly said I'm just the tester outer.

Windows Calendar - Import into Windows 7


Anyway, your post made me realise I haven't got it in my Start Menu regular programs as opposed to pinning to Start Menu. However, it's fairly simple to do.
  • In Windows 7 Program Files open: Windows Mail --> Tools --> Folder Options --> View Tab:
-Dot: "Show Hidden Files"
-Untick: "Hide protected operating files" & "Hide extensions for known file types"
-Click: Apply --> OK
  • Still in program files open: Windows Mail folder --> Right click: WinMail.exe --> Send to desktop as shortcut.
  • Right click: WinMail.exe shortcut on desktop --> Copy
  • Open: Computer --> C: Drive --> Program Data --> Microsoft --> Windows --> Start Menu --> Programs.
  • Paste copy of WinMail.exe desktop shortcut into Start Menu Programs & re-name to: Windows Mail.
Hope this is what you were after? Cheers Poppa
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20 Feb 2010   #313
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

Yep, that's it, thanks. Now I'm just doing the Windows Calendar. So easy. Maybe you should do a cross ref to a new thread in Tutorials in case someone is just looking for Windows Calendar as distinct from Windows Mail?
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20 Feb 2010   #314
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

P.S. What happened to "WinCalEdit.zip attached" ?

Edit (again): Found it, sorry so ignore. I'm forced to use my old glasses until my new ones are repaired and I am slightly blind as a result.
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20 Feb 2010   #315
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

To Ex_Brit re:
Quote:
Maybe you should do a cross ref to a new thread in Tutorials in case someone is just looking for Windows Calendar as distinct from Windows Mail?
Glad you got Start Menu sorted. After you've done it once, not really hard, and works the same for all programs. Sart menu was easy in XP becos wasn't hidden folder. Bit harder in Vista & Win7.

Would be happy for post to be used as a reference just for importing Windows Calendar but not sure how to go about doing that? Can you tell me how?

Update re:
Quote:
P.S. What happened to "WinCalEdit.zip attached" ?
Phew!!! Thanks for putting that in.

The attachment file WinCalEdit.zip in Step 6 of Post 375 was an error.

It had been inadvertently opened with NotePad as default, and hence when opened would only show a text file. Have since fixed it.

Cheers PB
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20 Feb 2010   #316
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

You'd have to ask Brink or someone to cross-ref it I guess. I only suggested that so that people looking for Windows Calendar specifically would find it easier.

I found WinCalEdit.zip using a search and for some reason I can't duplicate that now, but I did find the right one as it worked. Somehow I managed to get a search result only for attachments...don't ask.

I remember there were three references to it and 2 appeared to be quite small so I ignored those.
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20 Feb 2010   #317
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
You'd have to ask Brink or someone to cross-ref it I guess. I only suggested that so that people looking for Windows Calendar specifically would find it easier.

I found WinCalEdit.zip using a search and for some reason I can't duplicate that now, but I did find the right one as it worked. Somehow I managed to get a search result only for attachments...don't ask.

I remember there were three references to it and 2 appeared to be quite small so I ignored those.
The attachment WinCalEdit.zip was included in Step 5 of Post 317: How to Enable WinMail. And that works fine, so I assume your search must have found that one. Anyway, the one in Post 375 also now works, thanks to you alerting me to it.

Cheers PB
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20 Feb 2010   #318
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 8.1 Pro w/MC (all x64)
 
 

You're welcome. Not getting email notifications of posts from here all of a sudden so I have to keep monitoring.

Wish I could remember how I got up a search for attachments only as it was useful.
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20 Feb 2010   #319
poppa bear

Win7 Ultimate 64bit Retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ex_Brit View Post
You're welcome. Not getting email notifications of posts from here all of a sudden so I have to keep monitoring.

Wish I could remember how I got up a search for attachments only as it was useful.
Unfortunately can't help on that one as too new to forum, but let me know if you find a way. Would be useful info to have.

Cheers PB
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