Migrating Windows Live Mail to Outlook 2010

Posted on 2011-04-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Ultimately I'm trying to move an outlook express email store to Outlook 2010:

So far, I've successfully moved the OE store to Windows Live Mail - now i need to export it out of WLM, and IMPORT it to Outlook 2010 (this user has many Inbox->subfolders that I do not want to lose (hope that they import to Outlook 2010 as folders under the INBOX)

When i run the export function within WLM It only prompts me to export to 2 formats 'Exchange' or WLM format - so i selected "Exchange" went thru and said that it exported successfully - but there were NO 'BROWSE' options to allow me to pick where the resulting EXPORT was going to be stored - nor does it tell me WHERE it stored the successful export.

Another question is, lets say i do find out WHERE MS placed the exported file, which IMPORT option will i want to use to bring the INBOX -> Subfolders into Outlook 2010

Any help is greatly appreciated
Question by:teks14
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    Expert Comment

    Open outlook 2010.. hit File = Open => Import / export.

    import from another program or file
    select outlook experess or windows mail.

    it should do it..

    Author Comment

    Yes, I tried that and get the error

    "No internet accounts were found to import"

    That's the whole problem - when i exported from Windows Live Mail it exported successfully, but it didn't tell me WHERE it placed the export file...and when i do the IMPORT, i also DO NOT get the browse folder option to browse out to select the file to be imported....kinda a catch-22

    Still stuck
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    Expert Comment

    If yu have outlook 2003 then you can import them into 2003 and from 2003 2010 will work as both use same format.

    if you can go for  a shareware progream..this might help

    Also, have a look to

    comment from "Teresa Walker - MSFTMicrosoft Employee,"
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    Accepted Solution

    Windows Live Mail save each mail as a .eml file at the disk.
    If you want to import mail from WLM into Outlook, you can follow below steps:

    1: Export contacts information as .CSV file in WLM, and import it into Outlook;
    2: Export your account information as .iaf file in WLM and import it into Outlook;
    3: Create your inbox - subfolders(likes which in WLM) in Outlook.
    4: Open you WLM mail store folder(Default is C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail (Windows XP)), you will find some sub-folder, please open sub-folder, and select all *.eml file, drag & drop to Outlook inbox subfolder.
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    Expert Comment

    Sorry, according the step 4, it only import mails as index, we can't read the mail directly, we had to open the attached .eml file in Outlook 2010.
    We should follow below steps to import WLM mails:
    At WLM, please export all mails as outlook exchanges file(saved as .pst file)
    The at Outlook 2010, follow subhashchy's instruction, but select import outlook data file and select your exported .pst file at the wizard.

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