Export from Outlook Express to Thurderbird

Posted on 2011-05-10
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
Dear experts,

Need the instructions of how to export emails from OE into Thurderbird.

I know that if Thurderbird is installed in the same machine as OE there is an import wizard to use in order to import emails from OE. However I am having two different PCs, one with OE and one with Thurderbird and I need to move all emails in OE into Thurderbird.

Can I simply export OE emails into pst file and import that pst into thurderbird? Please advice.

Question by:ormerodrutter
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    Accepted Solution

    We have used to methods here at our office
    1. Install Thunderbird on the first machine and import the settings like you mentioned and then copy the files over to the new machine and import them in Thunderbird.
    2. The second was to export into a pst and and import into Thunderbird. here is a link to assist with the import into Thunderbird
    Here is an alternative link that might be able to help you out if the first step aren't to your approval.

    I haven't used this method but it might work for you.
    let me know if this helps

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    Assisted Solution

    Hi ormerodrutter

    Some great links and suggestions by Dave above, but remember that Outlook Express does not use *.PST files like Microsoft Office Outlook does.  Outlook Express stores the contents of each folder in a separate *.DBX file, and you can find the path to your Outlook Express "Store Folder" as follows:
    Tools > Options > Maintenance tab.
    Click the "Store Folder" button, scroll over the path, and copy it.
    Pasting the path into your Start menu's "Run" field opens that folder.

    I saw this question yesterday and my first thoughts were exactly as Dave suggested in Point No. 1, and which you are already aware of.  Install Mozilla Thunderbird on the SAME computer as Outlook Express and follow the Import Wizard.  If it needs to know where your DBX files are, then you will be able to navigate there, but it should find them UNLESS you have multiple OE Identities.

    Because the Mozilla applications install to their own program folders and keep all the profile folders isolated and self-contained, this makes it easy to copy a profile folder and migrate it to a fresh installation of the same application on another computer.
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    Author Comment

    I think this is what I will do :-

    1. Install TB in the old machine and import email from OE
    2. Copy the TB profile folder to the new machine
    3. Change the default TB profile path pointing to the new folder

    Does this sound correct?

    Thx for your suggestions.
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    Expert Comment

    Yip that sounds right.

    If you have any problems, Here is a link to assist.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Great - job done. thx for your helps guys!!
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    Expert Comment

    Thank you ormerodrutter.

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