How do I export entire contents of Outlook Express to Windows 7 Live???

Posted on 2012-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-09-25
From Outlook Express I managed to create a folder containing (I hope) all contents. The files are all .dbx. Where do I go from here? Thanks.
Question by:johnbrns
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    by:Brad Bouchard
    Just did something similar for a client and I referenced this:
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    xBouchardx: Windows Mail is not the same as Windows Live Mail (windows 7 does not have windows mail!)

    Answers.microsfoft com has this solution

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    now i'm really confused. if windows live mail is different than windows mail, which one do i use? why are there 2 e-mail clients in windows 7? please explain...thanks

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    never having used windows vista i never tried windows mail. today is first i've heard of it. i'm going directly from windows xp to windows LIVE mail. i have never used, nor do i want to use, windows mail. do i transfer all pertinent data (addresses, sent/received mail, etc.) from outlook express to windows LIVE????
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    johnbrns: the link I provided gives you the complete instructions:
    Transferring data from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail:
    For messages:
    Copy the *ENTIRE* OE message store folder to a flash drive. (Folders.dbx must be included). Place this on the Desktop or other location on the machine using WLMail. Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages | Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point to where you saved it.
    OE Message Store Location:
    In OE: Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder will reveal the location of your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and navigate to it in Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start | Run.
    In WinXP, Win2K & Win2K3, the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are by default marked as hidden. To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options Icon | View, or in Windows Explorer | Tools | Folder Options | View.
    For Addresses:
    Open the Address Book in OE and File | Export | Address Book (wab) and save it to the Desktop. Copy to a flash drive. Place this on the Desktop or other location on the machine using WLMail.
    Open the Contacts list in WLMail, (Go | Contacts on the Menu Bar), and File | Import | Windows Address Book (wab) and point to where you saved it.
    Note: If you use a CD or DVD instead of a flash drive, after placing on the new machine you must remove the Read Only attribute in Properties before you import.

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