Procedure to import mail from Microsoft® Outlook Express to Windows® Mail
What is the method to import mail from Microsoft Outlook Express to Windows Mail?
Microsoft Outlook Express is an e-mail from Microsoft which comes with Windows XP. After the release of Windows Vista, Windows Mail was introduced as the default e-mail application replacing Microsoft Outlook Express. In a computer with Windows Vista, you can simply import mail from Microsoft Outlook Express to Windows Mail with the help of a flash drive. First of all, open the 'Control Panel' from Start menu. Then choose 'Appearance and Themes' and then 'Folder Options'. Next press 'View' tab and allow 'Show hidden files and folders'. Then click 'Ok' in order to save the changes. Then navigate to 'Microsoft Outlook Express' folder and then insert the USB flash drive into the old computer and drag the 'Microsoft Outlook Express folder to it. With this, you can copy the 'Microsoft Outlook Express' folder to the USB flash drive.
Here are the things that you need to keep in mind while importing mail from Microsoft Outlook Express to Windows Mail:
- User identity number
- Do not mark Microsoft Outlook Express files as 'Read Only'
- IMAP or HTTP E-mail accounts
User identity number
All users are given a user identity number. A Windows user identity number is different for all Windows users. It is usually offered inside brackets. If Windows XP is set-up on a different hard disk location other than C: drive, then you need to use that drive letter rather than C:, while searching for Microsoft Outlook Express folder. Microsoft Outlook Express can store messages in a folder that comprises of various different .dbx files. These files comprise of all of your messages.
Do not mark Microsoft Outlook Express files as 'Read Only'
You need to make sure that none of the files in Microsoft Outlook Express are marked as 'Read Only'. If not, you might see that Windows Mail is incapable of importing your messages. For this you need to open the folder and choose all the files and right-click on them. Then you need to press 'Properties', and also make sure the Read Only checkbox is cleared.
You need to verify the e-mail accounts on your computer. This is because you maybe faced with many issues like Windows Mail may not import messages from IMAP or HTTP E-mail accounts, even though those messages were stored in Microsoft Outlook Express. Also, Windows Mail will not import any newsgroup messages that you might have had stored on Microsoft Outlook Express.
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