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    Question Transfer messages from Windows Mail to Windows Live Mail

    Is there an easy (not too technical!) way to get my email folders and message content transferred from old Vista laptop to new Windows 7 (64 bit) PC? There are a LOT of messages! Email files never seem to be easy to find or access unlike documents!

    Thanks for any advice!

    Linda

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    You could try to export the messages as a csv file, then import them into WLM. When I open WLM in Win 7 I see these:

    ImportMessages1.jpgImportMessages2.jpg

    I think you have to export the WM messages to csv file first then use this to import into WLM. A little trial and error should help here.
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    Hi and thanks, Ted. I was playing around a bit after posting and found an "export" function in the Windows Mail so I exported everything as Windows Mail into a document and put it on a DVD. I then inserted the DVD into the PC and found an "import" function and imported them with the Windows Mail option. It did import all the files, but they aren't in my WLM program. They are located in this lengthy path: "App Data - Local - Microsoft - Windows Live Mail - Storage Folders - Imported Folders - Documents - Local Folders". Clicking on Local Folders brought up all the email folders from the laptop with messages inside (eml extensions).

    Is what I did doing it as a csv file as you suggested? Or did I do something wrong. The good news is that they are in the computer. Now, to figure out how to get them into WLM in the computer!

    Puzzling ....

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    If I remember correctly there are a couple of options when you choose to export in WM. One of the options should be as a csv file (I believe). I would try this to see what happens when you then import into WLM.
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    Okay. I'll try again to see if I can save it as a cvs file. Will post back after playing around a bit more. Linda

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    By way of update: just discovered that all the emails had been transferred into my current Windows Live Mail account using the method I described to Ted, above. They were listed in my email folder list as "Documents"! So the export/import as Windows Mail selection worked after all - I just didn't know where to find the emails! Hope this helps another Lounge seeker with the same issue.

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    Linda, thanks for letting us know you have things ironed out. Hopefully my posts helped steer you in the right direction.
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    Remember, you can also copy and burn to CD/DVD the entire contents of the WLM root "store" folder for future posterity.
    Doing this regularly will help to ensure you never loose email, contacts, & even folder structure.

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    Ted, you're welcome. Your posts were, as always, a big help! Thanks for being so active a member of this fabulous Lounge!

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    i need to learn how to do exactly that, CLiNT - how to burn the entire contents of WLM to CD !
    i think i need to re-install WLM (error msg 0x800C006C means i cannot send email, only receive it) and don't want to lose anything.

    i hope you read this post and have a minute to point me in the right direction on the root "store" folder ... how to get to it to save/burn it, and how to restore it back to WLM once it's on the CD.

    many thanks,
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    If you've installed Windows Live Mail in Vista or Windows 7, chances are your email is stored in subfolders of C:\Users\ logon \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail, where logon is, of course, the name you use to log onto Windows.

    If you installed Windows Live Mail into XP, the path is probably C:\Documents and Settings\ logon \Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail.

    You may run into trouble navigating Windows Explorer to either of those folders, however. That's because several of the folders within those paths are hidden. But you can easily get inside the hidden folders via the command prompt. In Vista or Windows 7, click Start, type %homepath%\appdata\local, and press ENTER. In XP, click Start, then Run, type %homepath%\local settings\application data, and press ENTER. You'll still have to drill down a few folders from there, but those folders will all be visible.
    You may also use the export function from within the client to export both email and contacts.

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    thank you, CLiNT.

    i'm not quite clear. if i go through explorer, do i just copy the WLM file to disk ?

    and if i use EITHER method (and i'd rather work within the client - and i am running Win 7 x64) will the export keep my messages separated by account or not?

    last, does it make sense that re-installing WLM probably will resolve whatever's wrong with WLM so that i can again send email ?

    thanks again,
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    Look through this thread, it may help clear up some issues.

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    Clint, somehow missed your added suggestion re. burning to CD/DVD. A positive suggestion which I will undertake, thanks to your additional help to bigpygme and the link you provided. Update: Just followed the path to the storage folder and found them! Now will burn them to DVD and be double safe! Thanks ... as always.

    Linda

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