There is known problem with WLM 2012 and categories. Basically, when sending an email to your category list of email addresses, they either do not get mailed or only a few do. The best solution appears to be to install WLM 2011 which does not experience this problem. I am willing to do that but I don't know the steps required to ensure no lost of data. I have already exported the WLM email messages and contacts. However, I have no idea that the exported contacts will keep the categories in tack. To repopulate them would be very time consuming since we're looking at 30 categories comprising of 10 to 70 emails each. So here are my questions:
1. How do I safely install WLM 2011 without losing all of the WLM 2012 data? If I install 2011 without uninstalling WLM 2012 first, will the 2011 version find the email messages and contacts? If it does, do you know if the contact categories will be preserved. What are the specific steps you would recommend to make this back version migration work? WLM 2011 is not installed on this system. I believe this was a migration from OE to WLM 2012.
2. If the answer is that the categories will not be preserved, then can anyone think of a work around that might work to save the category data. I've tried copying and pasting into a spreadsheet but that didn't work.
3. Are there any commercial migration programs that are available for fee that will successfully move all of this information to GMAIL including the categories?