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Windows 7: how do I get my outlook express into windows 7

29 Jul 2011   #11
t-4-2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rustyd View Post
Hi,
I'm transferring all data from my old computer with XP and Outlook Express to a new computer with Window 7. I want to somehow have my email messages and folders from Outlook Express accessible on the new computer. I'm hoping I can get them in Thunderbird or Windows Live Mail but I'm stuck. (See my earlier posts and replies)
Thanks.
How to transfer OE messages and address book from XP machine to Windows Live Mail in Windows 7 machine.

A. OE messages :
Open OE > Tools > Options > Maintenance > Store Folder will reveal the
location of your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and
navigate to it in Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start > Run.
Copy the *ENTIRE* OE message store folder to a flash drive. ( Folders.dbx
must be included).

Open Win 7 > insert flash drive > Place the Message Store onto the desktop > open WLM > top left, blue button > > Import Messages > Microsoft Outlook Express 6 > Next > Browse to the message store on the desktop, select > OK

*** Note ****
In WinXP, the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are by default
marked as hidden. To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable
Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options
Icon | View, or in Windows Explorer | Tools | Folder Options | View.

B. OE Address book
Open the Address Book in OE > File > Export > Address Book (wab) and
save it to the Desktop. Copy to a flash drive.
Open Win 7 > insert flash drive > place the address book onto the desktop > open WLM > bottom left, click Contact icon > toolbar at top, click Import > Windows Address book (wab) > Browse to the address book on the desktop > select > OK

IMPORTANT :
If you use a CD or DVD instead of a flash drive, after placing on
the new machine you must remove the Read Only attribute in Properties
before you import.


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30 Jul 2011   #12
jimbo45

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers
 
 

Hi there

The EASY way is to import into OUTLOOK if you have MS office also installed on XP.

I've got W2K3 server running as a VM with OE and Office installed. (works also with XP)

Simply EXPORT the address and messages into OUTLOOK (on the XP machine).

If you don't have outlook on your XP machine you can get a 60 day trial from Ms -- this will also work on W7. Once you've got the mail into outlook you can copy it to other mail systems if you need to -- however I think Outlook 2010 is fine.

Now download pfbackup.exe from MS - install on the XP and W7 systems and backup your OUTLOOK folders on the XP system to a usb / network drive

Open Outlook on the W7 system , open the Backup (the pfbackup.exe you downloaded) and your email will be there where you can move it to your outlook folders. In Outlook 2010 the backup menu will be found in ADDINS, in Outlook 2007 it's in the mani File menu.


Cheers
jimbo


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30 Jul 2011   #13
rustyd

xp 32
 
 

This is what I've decided to do (let me know if I shouldn't). I downloaded Thunderbird onto my old computer (the one I am using now) and I am going to import my data from Outlook Express into that program as described here: Importing Outlook Express Emails Into Thunderbird And Evolution | HowtoForge - Linux Howtos and Tutorials

Then I am going to back that up with MozBackup as described at the bottom of this page (the last/most recent comment by Ken): Migrate XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and a USB Drive - How-To Geek

Then I will install Thunderbird and Mozbackup on the new computer and then do the Easy Transfer and hope it all works as he says.

The problem is I only have one monitor and will have to be switching it back and forth between the new and the old computer so this is all going to be quite a project.
Thanks.
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30 Jul 2011   #14
rustyd

xp 32
 
 

accidentally duplicated above reply but I couldn't delete it - only edit it. So ignore this.
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30 Jul 2011   #15
JerryFerreira

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
Windows Live Mail

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rustyd View Post
First question: Is there a difference between Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail?

Second question: Is one of the two already in Windows 7?

Third question: I was going to do a Windows Easy Transfer from my computer running XP with Outlook Express to my new computer with Windows 7. If Windows 7 already has Windows Mail or Windows Live Mail will all my messages etc. in Outlook be transferred into the new mail program?

Fourth question: If Windows 7 does not have one of the mail programs mentioned should I download one of them into the old computer and move my messages etc. from Outlook into the new program and THEN do an Easy Transfer into the new computer (after I also download the same mail program into that computer if it doesn't already have it)?

If this has already been addressed in another post please direct me there.

THANK YOU!
Rustyd,

I would install Windows Live Mail on the machine with XP still on it. There is a version for XP on Microsoft's website Windows Live Mail for Windows XP. That way, it will import your contacts, old mail, and settings from Outlook Express (this is what I did).

Then when you want to install Windows 7, you can install the more recent version of Windows Live Mail (2011) and have all your mail information already in Windows Live Mail.

P.S. If I were you, you should email yourself your current, read mail to another email address (Yahoo, Gmail) as a backup.

As you may already know, there is no direct upgrade from XP to 7. Basically, you'll have to do an install of 7. If you have a 7 Upgrade disc, you'll need your XP disc so that 7 can verify you have a legitimate version of XP.
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31 Jul 2011   #16
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rustyd View Post
accidentally duplicated above reply but I couldn't delete it - only edit it. So ignore this.
Push the edit button and the next window has a delete button.
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31 Jul 2011   #17
rustyd

xp 32
 
 

I can't find that delete button and I'm probably looking right at it.

What do you think of my idea about Thunderbird? If it doesn't work I will try your instructions - they were just a little beyond my expertise that's why I thought the Thunderbird procedure might work better for me.
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31 Jul 2011   #18
JerryFerreira

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I'm not familiar with Thunderbird. The two reasons that I suggest Windows Live Mail is:
  1. It's meant as a replacement for Outlook Express so it's an easy transition (Outlook Express is what I used to use and switched to Windows Live Mail).
  2. No importing/exporting on your part. Windows Live Mail will do the work for you.
It also has a built-in calendar, feeds, and newsgroups. Plus, you can access your email online at Windows Hotmail.


Here's 5 screen caps to show you a preview:
  1. Mail
  2. Calendar
  3. Contacts
  4. Feeds (which I don't use)
  5. Newsgroups (also which I don't use)


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31 Jul 2011   #19
roncerr

Windows 8 Pro w/MC 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JerryFerreira View Post
...No importing/exporting on your part. Windows Live Mail will do the work for you...
You still need to locate the message store and the *.wab file in OE and use the "Import" function of WLM to bring the old data over to the new program. That's why the import and export features exist...to make backing up and restoring easier whether it's to/from the same program or to a different one.
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01 Aug 2011   #20
JerryFerreira

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Ron,

Thanks for setting me straight on this.
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