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Outlook Express email and contacts to Windows Live Mail

Posted on 2010-11-22
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I have built a New PC and have Windows 7 Professional. I downloaded and installed Windows Mail Live. I have the Users info as for as Email address, Password, Incoming and Out going mail server.  I exported the email and contacts to a flash drive but I am having a problem doing the transfer. My question is, What is the easiest way to transfer email, folders, and contacts from Outlook Express(Old PC) to Windows Mail Live(New PC)?
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Microsoft actually has a pretty good treatment of the method on this page:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/importing-your-e-mail-contacts-and-calendar-into-windows-live-mail
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bbbb2, any feedback?
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LeeTutor, it seems like this page is all for upgrading from XP to Windows 7. I need to know what is the easiest way to copy all users data and email,email folders, and contacts. This is also with clients who have multiple user accounts and multiple email address's.

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Did you read all the info on that page?

If you click on the link for "Exporting your email contacts and calendars" on that page, you get the following:

Follow the steps below to manually export your e-mail, contacts, and calendars from Outlook Express or Windows Mail before you upgrade to Windows 7.

Outlook Express
1.The folder that contains the Outlook Express messages is marked as a hidden folder in Windows. To view this hidden folder, click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Appearance and Themes, and then click Folder Options. Click the View tab, and under Hidden files and folders, click Show hidden files and folders.

2.Locate the folder named Outlook Express. In Windows XP, this folder is located here by default: C:\Documents and Settings\your user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\ {your Windows user identity number} \Microsoft\Outlook Express.

3.Copy the Outlook Express folder and all its contents to an external location, like an external hard drive or USB flash drive.

Notes
•The Windows user identity number is different for every user. It will be inside brackets and look similar to this sample number: {8389CA60-ED34-11DB-95EE-10AE55D89593}.

•If Windows XP is installed on another hard disk location other than your C: drive, use that drive letter instead of C: when searching for your Outlook Express folder.

•Outlook Express stores your messages in a folder that contains several different .dbx files. These files (folders.dbx, inbox.dbx, outbox.dbx) contain all your messages. Windows Live Mail cannot import any of these files individually; you must import the entire Outlook Express folder.


Further down the page:

Importing e-mail and contacts into Windows Live Mail
If you upgraded your computer and still have your e-mail and contacts on it, or after you've moved your e-mail and contacts from the external hard disk or USB flash drive back to your PC and installed Windows Live Mail, you're ready to import your data into Windows Live Mail.

1.Open Windows Live Mail by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Windows Live Mail¿, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Live Mail¿.

2.Click the File menu , and then click Import messages.

3.Choose the e-mail program from which you want to import e-mail messages, and then click Next.

4.Click Browse.

5.Navigate to the folder that contains your e-mail files.

If you saved your files on an external hard drive and have copied them to your computer, navigate to the folder that you copied them in. If you did a custom installed of Windows 7 from Windows XP or Windows Vista, your files can be found in the following locations:

Outlook Express
 Windows Mail
 
C:\Windows.OLD\Documents and Settings\your user name\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\ {your Windows user identity number} \Microsoft\Outlook Express\
 C:\Windows.OLD\Users\your user name\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\
 
The Windows user identity number is different for every user. It will be inside brackets and look similar to this sample number: {8389CA60-ED34-11DB-95EE-10AE55D89593}.

6.Click OK, and then click Next.

7.Leave All Folders selected, and then click Next.

8.After the import finishes, click Finish.

All imported messages will appear under Storage Folders in Windows Live Mail.

To import contacts

1.Open Windows Live Mail by clicking the Start button . In the search box, type Windows Live Mail¿, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Live Mail¿.

2.In the lower-left corner of the Windows Live Mail window, click Contacts.

3.On the Home tab, click Import, and then click the type of address book that you want to import.

If prompted, browse to the file that contains the contact information that you want to import, click it, and then click Open.

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LeeTutor, I know how to do it that way. I was just looking for a backup programs that I would be able to back up the Old XP PC and then restore it to Windows 7 and Windows Live Mail. Also, the back up program would put the data backed up into the correct user accounts. I can do that manually also but I am trying to find something that wasn't so time consuming.
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You didn't say you wanted a program to do it.  This is one I found, although it doesn't provide any "knowledge base" articles, on-line documentation, video tutorials, etc. for it.  But you apparently don't have to buy it, instead can try it first:

http://www.movemyemail.com/outlook-express-to-windows-live-mail.php
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@ LeeTutor, Sorry If there was confusion but what I thought I asked was: What is the easiest way to transfer email, folders, and contacts from Outlook Express(Old PC) to Windows Mail Live(New PC)?
What I am trying to make easier on me is the data transfer, email transfer and anything else faster. I am building and selling custom built to customers preference. But I am also transferring  all there data and email accounts etc. In other words when a customer buys from me they want to be able to just sit down to there new PC and press the power button and all there data is where is should be, desktop Icons are on the desktop, email accounts are set up with there old emails and folders there.

I hope this helps on what I am looking for.
I have been selling so many PC's that I have been spending way to much time with the data and email transfers that I was looking for a better and faster way of doing it and I thought asking the experts on here for some advice on how they would do it if they where in my position.
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Perfect Lee
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