We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

copy outlook express from one pc to new windows 7 pc into outlook 07?

I have a harddrive from an old pc that was using outlook express and need to move email to new 7 pro machine. Import doesn't work. I don't think it knows where the files are. I've tried putting them everywhere that makes sense to me but nothing has worked.  Any ideas?
Comment
Watch Question

Shreedhar EtteTechnical Manager
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
desireelacPresident

Author

Commented:
no but thanks.  I did that but it won't let me tell it where outlook express is. It thinks it's somewhere but I don't know where (I've tried everywhere that makes sense to me) so it imports nothing since outlook express was never on this pc.
Top Expert 2013

Commented:

Commented:
Here you go for outlook express on old XP machine to Windows mail:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/Import-messages-into-Windows-Mail-from-Outlook-Express

Commented:
You can also try this since the above is for windows vista mail which may not have the OE option in windows 7 Mail:

http://www.webdevelopersnotes.com/blog/outlook-express-and-windows-live-mail-windows-7/
desireelacPresident

Author

Commented:
Ok maybe I wasn't clear.  I have the files from an old xp box I have moved them to the win7 box. there is no outlook express on windows 7.  

There also doesn't seem to be windows mail in 7 so I can't import into windows mail.

I can't export from outlook express because that box is dead.  I suppose I could set it up on another box export, etc.. but isn't there a better way. this stinks.
desireelacPresident

Author

Commented:
Also having said that what I really want is to import from outlook express into outlook 07 I have NO interest in windows live mail at all...
thanks again.
Top Expert 2010
Commented:
Outlook Express usually stores data in :
C:\Windows\ApplicationData\Identities\
So use Outlook and do an import from there or
http://www.mailnavigator.com/read_outlook_express_dbx_files.html
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
remember:
Outlook express stores settings in windows registry and emails in .dbx file.
Commented:
If you want to do it for free your two choices really are to use windows mail as a middle man to import the emails form your dbx files them export them out to "exhcange" settings in windows mail for outlook.

You can also choose to setup the outlook express files on an XP box and use outlook on the XP box to import the emails then export it to a pst for your windows 7.

You can also pay for a program like dbxtopst:

http://www.dbxtopst.com/
Hi,

I think your problem might be the import file type.  if you exported the emails as .eml then Outlook on windows 7 will not find them.   Unfortunately the easiest way I've found to access them is just to dowload windows live mail and import them in there and then just use Outlook for all future emails.  

I believe 3rd party software exists that can convert .eml to other file types but I have not used those.

Commented:
Question for you is what is the file format for the file that you have in the old xp box.
If it is .csv it shouldn't be a problem importing them to any Microsoft email client (MS Outlook, Windows Mail, Windows Live, etc.).  If it's not maybe you can use a migration tool http://www.aid4mail.com/
desireelacPresident

Author

Commented:
I ended up importing the old outlook express mail to windows live mail. I'm giving up on outlook 07  because it's not importing the address book properly.  It lost all the group information.  Now I can't get the outlook 07 stuff for the 2 weeks it was down into windows live mail. I give up.  Microsoft is just ridiculous.  Why make it so hard to migrate between their own products? Especially to their own product that you pay for?  Crazy. Thanks for the ideas.  
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
desireelac--"It lost all the group information."
I hate to tell you that that is default behavior using normal Outlook Import.  You will have to create new Groups.  All the contact info should still be in the All Contacts list.
Try converting the contents of the OE Contact list into a .csv file.  That is one of the options offered under File|Export.  Transfer that list to the Outlook 2007's drive.  Now try to Import that into Outlook 2007.
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
the question was about mail recovery .
what was needed and how was answered.
so why are you closing the question ?

Commented:
It looks like you are now saying that you want the address book. Is it not showing up? The address book is in a separate location from the mail files.

its located:

c:/documents and settings/(your username)/application data/Microsoft/address book

Or do a search for *.wab and make sure your hidden folders are off.

You can import the wab right into windows 7 live mail.
desireelacPresident

Author

Commented:
It's done it's over. I moved everything into Windows Live Mail one way or another. I was a PITA but it's done.  Sorry. It's been done for a week.

Commented:
The author requested information on transferring email from outlook express to outlook 07 which was suggested using the items in posts 32976779, 32977449, 32978484.

The author has later said the process did not pull up an address book which was not the original posted question nor was there any information given on how the author transferred emails from outlook express to windows mail.

There is still good information in this thread about how to move emails from outlook express to windows live mail or outlook in windows 7.
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
The issue was recovering outlook express files from a former disk (not active one).
That means recovering data from *.dbx files (native to OE).
I think 305061 was the only A that covered it....

Top Expert 2013

Commented:
The OP's question (from the title) was "copy outlook express from one pc to new windows 7 pc into outlook 07?"
How to close this thread depends somewhat on having desireelac tell us what was done and whether it is different from all the suggestions.  Unless an entirely different procedure was used I suggest  "3) Accept one or more Expert posts as the answer".
Top Expert 2013

Commented:
Well, I was typing while desireelac decided to award points.  I am pleased a resolution was reached;
However I cannot see that the Accepted Solution addresses the question originally asked.  Transfer into Outlook was desired, not into Windows Live Mail.