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I have ms-outlook emails saved on my harddrive.  Could i view these outlook emails on another computer which uses ms-outlookEXPRESS?  I have tried to just pull them up in outlookexpress and it did not work.  Is there a "converter" to make them compatible?

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Hello bryanord,

Are them emails saved as PST file, or as MSG files?

To see emails in Outlook Express, you need to import emails to Microsoft Outlook first. Then import from MS Outlook to Outlook Express.

Hope this helps!
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war1,
The emails are currently PST files and are located in the outlook program.  Are you suggesting they need to be converted to a different format within outlook to be compatible with outlook express?  I believe the standard file for outlook express is msg.

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Outlook Express message format is .EML   If Outlook is installed, you can import the emails from PST into OE.  Go to OE > File > Import > Messages > Microsoft Outlook.
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by:bryanord
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war1,

i moved the pst files from my outlook computer and loaded them onto my outlook express computer.  I then followed your steps listed above.  It would not import the files from the pst folder.

any suggestions

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Outlook Express will not import emails directly from PST file.  You need to first import the PST to Outlook. Then OE can import the emails from Outlook.
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i have successfully imported emails from outlook to outlook express.  I am wanting to take the emails from outlook express on my notebook and transfer them to my desktop which also has outlook express.  This seems like it should be quite simple, yet i cannot figure it out.  Do you have any suggestions??  thanks.
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To transfer your email:
1.  Search old hard drive for "*.dbx" and copy the folder these files are in to new computer.

This is hidden folder and files, so you have to unhide hidden folders and files. Go to any folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.


2.  Open OE and click File > Import > Messages > Outlook Express 5 or 6 > Import Mail from an OE 5 or 6 Store Directory > Browse and navigate to the folder which holds your DBX files.
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sorry this has gotten drug out for so long.  I have successfully imported messages from outlook to outlook express.  I then saved the .dbx files and loaded them on my second computer.  Now i struggled trying to import the .dbx files into outlook express.  I am using outlook express> file>import>messages>microsoft outlook express6> import mail from an oe6 directory> ........then i try and get them from my desktop where they are saved.  I get error messages.

thanks and thanks! for any help
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>>  I then saved the .dbx files and loaded them on my second computer.

You need to not only save the DBX files, but the olther files in the OE data folder to the new computer.  OE import requires the other files.
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done!  your awesome thanks for the help
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thanks
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bryanord, glad t help!
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