I am attempting to migrate my old Outlook Express mail folders (copied from
a dead computer) into Windows live mail so that I can then transfer them to
Outlook 2007. (The old computer is dead, so I do not have the option to go
into it and load Outlook, or open outlook express so I can properly "extract
files, etc, but according to the below info I should be able to recover my
messages from the data I have moved to the new machine) I have a copy of the
entire OE folder from the old dead computer copied into my new one which runs
WLMail, in accordance with instructions for this process I located at
http://www.howto-outlook.com/howto/migratefromoewlm.htm under the section
titled "You only have the message store files from OE, WM or WLM", which
reads as follows:
In this scenario, you have the entire message store from OE, WM or WLM on
your hard disk or a backup medium. In order to get that data into Outlook,
you must first configure that data with OE, WM or WLM again before you can
import it into Outlook.
If your message store is from OE, then you can use OE, WM or WLM on your
Outlook machine to restore it.
If your message store is from WM, then you can use WM or WLM on your Outlook
machine to restore it.
If your message store is from WLM, then you can use only WLM on your Outlook
machine to restore it.
1.Copy the contents of your backup to a folder on your new computer.
This can be a folder location on your Desktop for easy access. You can
remove the file once everything has been imported into Outlook.
2.Right click the folder and choose Properties. Here make sure the "Read
Only" attribute is not selected.
3.Open OE, WM or WLM on the new machine.
4.Cancel any account creation dialogs so that you will be taken to your Inbox
5.Choose File-> Import-> Messages???
6.Select from which application your message store is from.
8.When prompted, select that you want to import from a store directory and
Otherwise, directly select the location of where you have restored your
9.Make a selection of which folders you would like to import or choose All
folders and press Next.
10.Press Finish when you are notified that the export is done.
11.Now that your original data from your old computer is configured in OE,
WM or WLM on your new computer, you can use the first section of this guide
to get your messages into Outlook on your new computer.
My problem is with Instruction # 5. I have looked everywhere I can imagine,
and cannot find the option or place where I can click "file", "import",
Can I possibly be the only person with this problem? If so, I am missing
something. One thing I noticed: I do already have a windows live ID set up,
and the above instruction assumes doing this import before any account
creation happens. Is this where I have gone wrong? Did I lose the
opportunity to import .dbx files when I created my Live ID (as instructed by
Microsoft when I first got the computer)??
Please help! I desperately need this data ASAP.