I am trying to export my Outlook Express messages and message folders so I can import them into Live Mail in Win 7. When I export them OE does not tell me where they are exported too or what kind of file to search for. The .DBX files that I find in MY
MAIL will not import into Live Mail. Where are the exports and what file extension do I look for? Thanks. Capt. Brigg
Capt Brigg Franklin
Exporting from OE only sends messages to Outlook or Exchange.
Transferring data from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail:
Copy the *ENTIRE* OE message store folder to a flash drive. (Folders.dbx must be included). Place this on the Desktop or other location on the machine using WLMail. Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages | Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point to where
you saved it.
OE Message Store Location:
In OE: Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder will reveal the location of your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and navigate to it in Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start | Run.
In WinXP, Win2K & Win2K3, the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are by default marked as hidden. To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable Show Hidden Files and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options Icon | View, or in Windows Explorer
| Tools | Folder Options | View.
Open the Address Book in OE and File | Export | Address Book (wab) and save it to the Desktop. Copy to a flash drive. Place this on the Desktop or other location on the machine using WLMail.
Open the Contacts list in WLMail, (Go | Contacts on the Menu Bar), and File | Import | Windows Address Book (wab) and point to where you saved it.
Note: If you use a CD or DVD instead of a flash drive, after placing on the new machine you must remove the Read Only attribute in Properties before you import.
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Thanks, the process worked well.
I'm still curious where the files go when you export your messages.
Seems strange the export windows don't let you select a destination or at least tell you where to find them.
It's also strange that you don't actually use the exported files. Oh Well, just one more of life's mysteries.