Process of upgrading Windows Mail to Windows Live Mail

I am ready to upgrade from Vista Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 7.  My computer is a HP Pavilion Elite e9107c desktop I purchased in Sep '09. I use Windows Mail for email and understand I need to migrate to Windows Live Mail for email with Windows 7.  Do I need to download Windows Live Mail before upgrading to Windows 7? What are the steps for a successful conversion? 
 

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Last updated March 13, 2018 Views 656 Applies to:
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I am ready to upgrade from Vista Home Premium (64 bit) to Windows 7.  My computer is a HP Pavilion Elite e9107c desktop I purchased in Sep '09. I use Windows Mail for email and understand I need to migrate to Windows Live Mail for email with Windows 7.  Do I need to download Windows Live Mail before upgrading to Windows 7? What are the steps for a successful conversion? 

You can do it either way. If you are upgrading to 7 rather than a clean install, do that first, then download WLM, then import your WM email from the folder contained in the folder windows.old which is created by the upgrade.

It's a good plan to make a backup of all your critical data before you do this anyway...
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