Here’s a pretty easy guide to move your Outlook 2003/2007 email to Windows live mail (found in windows 7). As a background, I found plenty of guides for Outlook Express (which is actually easier) but very little for Outlook.
Why did I want to do this? A friend bought a new laptop which had a trial version of Outlook 2007 – Once the trial had run out, they had to move to something else, and WLM is only found on Windows 7. Outlook Express is no more.
Let’s start …..
Note: I did all of the below on my friend’s PC while Outlook was still installed. Once I had imported all my email into WLM, I then uninstalled Outlook.
* Download a program called Mailstore from here. This free program (for home use) is for archiving of mail, but also is perfect for achieving what we want to do.
* Run Mailstore. The first thing you need to run the archive process. Follow your nose and (obviously) select Outlook as your email program. Here is a screenshot of the archive window:
* You will now need to export your email into a format that WLM will recognise:
With the options for Export, select “file system” and the message format will be “EML”:
Browse to any folder on your hard drive or thumb drive and kick off the process.
* OK, Now you are ready to import into WLM. From the File menu, select import>messages and then select the ‘Windows mail’ format. Browse to your folder where you exported all the mail and start importing.
Once finished you should be ready to go!
When I did the above on an another PC, I got a message to say that there was no files in the folder or another program has locked the folders. When i worked out which ones had not been imported, I just click and dragged them over to my WLM inbox from Window Explorer. End result still the same.
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