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    Outlook Express to Outlook ? (WLM problems)

    Apparently Outlook 2003 & Windows 7 cannot import Outlook Express .DBX messages - despite having an import dialog box which presents Outlook Express as an option (e.g., "This mail folder could not be opened. If another application is using this file, please close it and try again") - and that the recommended conversion is via Windows Live Mail.

    However, Windows Live Mail fails to retain the Outlook Express folder structure, e.g., by separating messages into different accounts. Also, the OE/WLM/Outlook conversions are problematical (45 mins OE>WLM; WLM>Outlook gets stuck in one of the folders and cannot be cancelled exit via Windows Task Manager only).

    Is there a way of avoiding Windows Live Mail, which directly converts Outlook Express messages to an Outlook compatible format, but without restructuring the message & folder structure ? TIA

    Dave.

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    After further investigations and 'surprises' [+], a solution is to install Outlook 2003 on the WinXP PC, so that Outlook can import Outlook Express messages & e-mail accounts (reasonably quickly), and then copy the Outlook .PST file to the Win 7 system.

    The importing of OE e-mail accounts into Outlook required password entry, but the manual creation of e-mail accounts on the Outlook 2003/Win 7 system was also necessary.

    Hardly seamless, but OK.

    Dave.

    [+] 'You cannot import or export e-mail accounts with .IAF files in Outlook'
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278168

    'MAPI error messages when you import or export messages in Outlook Express'
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179637

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    Glad you got it resolved. Thanks for posting your solution.

    Joe

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    A way that might be easier than the above would be to set up Outlook Express to do imap with your email acct. Then install Outlook, and set it up to do imap. The imap process will keep your mailbox synchronized among the various email clients which access your mailbox.

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