Windows Mail -> Outlook 2013, retaining message timestamps

Hi Experts,

I'm wanting to copy thousands of email messages (in dozens of folders) from Windows Mail one laptop, to Outlook 2013 on a Windows 8.1 laptop, retaining the folder structure, using these instructions:
At the bottom of this section:
    "To export the messages from Windows Mail in Microsoft Windows Vista, follow these steps:"
I note this comment:
    "The date and time of each message are the date and the time that you exported the messages from Windows Mail."

However, I would like to retain the original date and time stamps of all emails transferred.

A friend seemed to think Windows Mail had an option to export to PST file, but the only options I'm getting when I go:
    File > Export > Messages
    Microsoft Exchange
    Microsoft Windows Mail.


    Q1. a) When exporting to Microsoft Exchange format, where does the output file end up?  It just seems to put it in an "Outlook" profile, that I can then see if I start Outlook 2010 on that same PC, but I need it on the other PC.  b) Should I then copy that PST file across to the other PC?  c) Will it allow me to import it into Office 2013?)

    Q2. How could I transfer the emails and retain these timestamps?

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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Normally, Office 2010 creates an Outlook folder in your documents folder; but, sometimes it winds up in C:\Users\<username>\Appdata\Local\Microsoft\Outlook.  If you go to the Mail icon in the control panel (View -> Large Icons), there is an option to open the data folder.
And yes, if you copy the PST file to the new laptop, you can (and should) import it into the newer version.

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tel2Author Commented:
Hi Davis,

Thanks for your response.

I don't know if you noticed, by the subject, main description, and 2nd part of Q2, but a major part of this question was about retaining email date & timestamps, because, as I mentioned, Microsoft said "The date and time of each message are the date and the time that you exported the messages from Windows Mail."

The bad news is, your response seems to have missed that part.  Was that intentional or did you just not see it?

The good news is, shortly after posting this question, I thought I'd try the export to "Microsoft Exchange" format anyway, and see what happens.  Confusingly, the messages imported with their original date & time stamps, despite the underlined note above.

Any ideas why Microsoft would say that if it weren't true?  Or have I missed something?

Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
I normally import the messages in Outlook which has, in my experience, always retained the time and date.

I'd need a link to the article you are citing in order to answer why.
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tel2Author Commented:
Hi Davis,

My last post said:
    " I mentioned, Microsoft said..."
This indicates that I had already mentioned it.  If you look in the first paragraph of my original post, you'll see where I previously mentioned it, complete with link.  I suggest you read that entire first paragraph of my original post.
Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
Sorry, I missed the link before; but, have never had that problem; though, again, I have generally imported the messages from within Outlook rather than export them from the original email program.
tel2Author Commented:
Hi Davis.

I'll give you an 'A', despite the fact that you seemed to miss/ignore my points several times, which seems to have been as a result of not carefully reading my original post (including title).  A learning experience, I hope.

Thanks for your help.
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