Windows 8 - importing old emails from previous Outlook Express
My old computer running XP has died a death and my new one uses Windows 8, and I am on a steep learning curve. I had backed up my email onto a portable hard drive, and it is saved as .dbx files. Is there any equivalent of Outlook Express in Windows
8, and/or any way I can download these files so as to access all my old messages (in and out) and email addresses. Help!
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As you know by now, my colleague gave you a bit of a "bum steer," Hazel. <wink>
While you cannot import the Outlook Express (OE) data into Win8's Mail app, you may be able to import the backed-up OE data (DBX files) into Windows Live Mail (2011 or 2012) as long as the backup set includes a file named FOLDERS.DBX.
Assuming it does, proceed as follows:
NOTE: When you install either version, there will be an option to install only the applications you want (e.g., Windows Live Mail; Windows Photo Gallery/Movie Maker) or the entire suite (also includes Windows Writer,
2. Once you've gotten Windows Live Mail installed, create a new desktop folder (name it, e.g.,
DBX FILES for convenience) & place a copy of your DBX back-up set (i.e, all of your DBX files including
FOLDERS.DBX !!) in that folder.
3. VERY IMPORTANT! => Open the folder you created in Step #2 above | Select all [CTRL+A] such that all the DBX files are highlighted | Right-click on the group of folders | Select
PROPERTIES and uncheck the READ ONLY box (assuming it's already checked).
4. Open Windows Live Mail & execute the keyboard shortcut ALT+F | select
Import messages | Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point the import wizard to the folder you created in Step #2 above & click
The imported data (folders) will be located as subfolders of Windows Live Mail's
Imported Folders as illustrated in the figure below:
Once your OE messages have been imported, they can (a) remain in that location, (b) be moved to user-created folder within the Storage folders (per the illustration above), or (c) be moved to a user-created folder within an email account (other than a Hotmail
account) you set up in Windows Live Mail (i.e., to access your new messages).
[By designed, Windows Live Mail creates a folder structure for each unique email account. or moved to user created folder within the Storage folders.]