Subscriber Jack Carmena wrote recently to ask how he could get his old Outlook Express email folders and messages into his new Windows 7 computer that uses Windows Live:
My son bought me a new computer. he said my old one was too slow.
I have been transferring my files from old to new without a problem other than time until I got to email.
I had Outlook Express on the old computer and have Outlook/Windows Live Mail on the new one with Windows 7.
I scoured your web site on Tips & Tricks, etc. but can’t find or missed an article on moving emails from one computer to the other and changing systems.
Is there a link I missed that might assist me with this or is it over my head?
New Computer! Yea!
Unfortunately, I couldn’t provide him with much guidance on migrating the email, though,
I don’t believe that Microsoft offered any way to migrate old Outlook Express emails to Windows Live Mail. It’s possible they did – you’d have to install Windows Live Mail on your old computer and see if you can import the files.
If you can get them into Windows Live Mail on the old computer, you should be able to copy its data file to the new computer. However, I haven’t used Windows Live Mail, so I don’t have any info on it.
I only have one computer still running Windows XP, and it doesn’t have MS Office / Outlook on it. However, I _assume_ (and you know what that does…) that you can import emails from OE to Outlook on your old computer. Then, you can copy your Outlook.pst file from the old computer to the new computer. At that point, you could use it on your new Outlook installation.
I suggested that he look in my archive of online newsletters for backing up Outlook files, as I wasn’t sure the article had been migrated to the new site structure yet.
Jack wrote back to report that he had found the answer and solved his problem:
Using this site and its instructions, I was able to move my OE messages from the old computer to the new one.
They are in a separate location in Windows Mail, “STORAGE FOLDERS”, but they are there.
It wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined.
Thanks again for your input.
I wrote back to congratulate Jack on solving the problem — and for letting me know the solution to help others…