Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Does Easy Transfer automatically copy all Live Mail files (i.e. eml)

11 Dec 2012   #1

windows 7 64 bit
Does Easy Transfer automatically copy all Live Mail files (i.e. eml)

Hi All,
I apologize if this is a repeat, but I could not find my exact case.

I used WET to transfer my data from a 32bit Win 7 install, then installed Win 7 64 bit to the same P.C.

I had been using Live mail previoulsy, but now I cant seem to find my 'eml' files in the EasyTransfer file.

In the MIG file, I looked all through //AppData/Local/Microsoft but all I see under that is 'WindowsMail' (and there are NO eml files in there)

But when I put Live Mail on the new installation I see //AppData/Local/Microsoft/WindowsLiveMail.

In other words, I seem to have NO WindowsLiveMail directory in the WET MIG file.

Should WET have copied these for me automatically? Or did I specifically have to ask for it to save the Live Mail files?

Thank You for any help.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP


This shows the storage location: Where Does Windows Live Mail Store My Mail? | PCWorld.

I would unhide Hidden files at Control Panel>Folder Options>View and browse to that location to see if EasyTransfer copied them in and they are not being loaded for some other reason related to the new Mail program's setup.

In the future I would not use EasyTransfer because of problems we see here with it causing data loss. It's much easier to drag your active User folders to external for backup, but you'd normally not want the hidden AppData settings as they are a corruption path into a clean install.

If you have an onboard mail app that isn't stored in the cloud like webmail then it's critical to back it up first. It's file location can easily be found via Google, for any backup that it won't let you export from the mail program itself.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2012   #3

windows 7 64 bit
It looks like we survived

Thanks for the quick response gregrocker!

I think I panicked too soon. Right after I did the restore, I didn't see any of my old mails that were not on the IMAP server. (From when I was still using POP3).

It must have taken a while for Live Mail to see them after Easy Xfer copied them into place, because they all seem to be there now.

Anyway, thanks for your advice and I won't blindly trust Easy Xfer again!

My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Does Easy Transfer automatically copy all Live Mail files (i.e. eml)

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Windows Easy transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit computer to a
I recently purchased a WD Passport external Harddrive, and have attempted to use it with transferring files from a laptop running Windows 7 32-bit to a desktop running Windows 7 64-bit. Windows Easy Transfer won't allow me to do this, giving me the error msg: "Windows Easy transfer can't transfer...
General Discussion
Migration to Win Live Mail, how to transfer files ?
I have spent most this weekend trying to transfer a large set of mail files, with many "user defined folders", from a Vista Windows Mail PC to a Win7 Windows Live Mail PC. A USB memory stick seemed the obvious way to get the files from one PC to another but this failed with the...
Browsers & Mail
W7 64b Windows Live Mail transfer files to an older WinXP machine?
Greetings, My laptop has been totalled (dont ask) I have the HDD pulled and in a USB case. I was running i7 64 bit with Win 7 Home Prem 64b My older machine I am not certain but pretty sure isnt new enough to run Windows 7 64 it has win xp home whatever it may run win 7 but i dont...
Browsers & Mail
Don't want to transfer user files with easy transfer
I migrated to a new machine using easy transfer. I copied my files (user and data) to a hard drive that I installed in my new machine. I copied everything back and it all worked fine. Over time (the last year) I have altered my config and even wiped the OS and did a clean install. My problem...
General Discussion
Transfer mail from drive to Windows Live Mail
How do I transfer stored email messages from an external drive with messages originally stored using Windows Mail (WM) under Vista to a machine using Windows Live Mail (WLM) under Windows 7? My notebook crashed (literally, having crashed to the floor after being bumped off a desk). It could no...
Browsers & Mail

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:29.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App