It is close to a year since you posted your note, but I just checked back
due to an unexpected change with Verizon. Earle & Steve helped a lot, but
now I think your advice works out best for me.
We just upgraded from Verizon DSL to Verizon FIOS and no one told us that
MSN Premium ( the MSN Explorer and email) would not be supported. It was not
transferred over and my MSN account was shut down and is no longer active. I
was able to get my favorites and my Inbox by using TrueSwitch, but my stored
messages on my pc were in limbo. It is totally frustrating that Microsoft
would create a product that enables you to save things locally, but you can't
acccess without continuing their service. These messages should be more
Aside from that, I like your idea of setting up the "masteremail" folders to
coincide with the folders on MSN. It makes a lot of sense. I was able to
get back on MSN for 5 minutes at a time and copy each MSN folder into my
masteremail folders. The process was so fast, I was done before my 5 minutes
When I double clicked on a message, it wanted to start up MSN again. I
found a trick though. If you right click on the message and select
Properties', on the General tab of the pop-up box, and the 'Type of File'
section, there is a 'Change' button. If you click on that you can select
another program to open the emails. I selected Word.
What I liked about this is that each individual message is retained in the
new 'masteremail' folders with the subject line serving as the filename and
the date the message was sent is the file's save date. If you used the files
in C:\Documents and Settings\user name\Local Settings\Application
Data\Microsoft\MSN\db30\, you can't tell what message is what. You would
spend hours going through each one. And when you open in Word, the to, from,
cc, date and subject line of the email would be missing entirely.
So I need to thank you tremendously! This is a solution I can live with.
There were some important emails I wanted to keep and to be able to review
I hope this helps some other folks who may have the same problem. At this
point I did not check any attachments because I was more interested in the
messages themselves. But by opening in Word as I did above, the attachments
will be lost.
Thanks again Brent. If anyone else has other solutions, please respond.
folders you just created and saved your emails to. Double click on one to see if you can read the contents just like in MSN but now on your folder. Check some that have pictures in to see if you can view them. Pictures may not save correctly and you may have to save them directly from inside the email. Once you have made sure you can open the emails, open MSN back up. Click the email settings at the bottom left side of your screen, select import or export emails, select copy emails to save on this computer, this will save them into a file so if something goes wrong you can import them as if you were putting them on another computer just as a back up. If your email folder is too big and you want to save space on your hard drive you can always burn them to a CD or DVD as data. Any questions please email me. Thanks