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Outlook Express and Windows Mail Too

Friday, April 27th, 2007 by | Filed Under: E-Mail Help

Alright, you’ve told us how to do the Outlook Express part of transferring our e-mails to Windows Mail, but how do we do the Vista part of it? Please explain!

You’re absolutely right! At the end of yesterday’s Q&A tip, I promised to give you the rest of the story (as Mr. Paul Harvey would say) in reference to the Outlook Express/Windows Mail migration. And if you’ve learned anything about me through the writing that I do, you know I keep my promises. So, here’s the information you’ve been waiting for!

Now, before I continue on, I want to make sure everyone is on the same page. If you missed out on yesterday’s Outlook Express tip, be sure to check out the Q&A section of yesterday’s newsletter (the date on that is April 24, 2007). It can be found in our archives here. Once you read through that tip, you can most definitely move on with this one, but you must do the OE part of it first. Okay, here we go!

When you’re all done exporting in Outlook Express, make sure you reboot your computer and then start up your new Windows Vista operating system. So, now that the exporting process is done, we need to start importing. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Importing the Address Book

1.) Open Windows Mail (you can get there by going to Start, Windows Mail or if you have a shortcut on your desktop, just double click that). Now, it’s recommended that you run the import process under your administrator account. So, if you’re signed in under a different account, you’ll want to restart your computer and choose the administrator option. If you don’t do this, the import process may fail.

2.) When you’re ready, go to File, Import, Windows Contacts.

3.) The Import to Windows Contacts window will open. From there, choose the first option of “CSV (Comma Separated Values)” and then click the Import button.

4.) Next, hit the Browse button and navigate to wherever you exported your Outlook Express address book. Find the file and then click Open. When you’re all set with that, click Next.

5.) The next window you’ll see is the CSV Import box. From there, select all the fields you want to import over. If you’re having a hard time deciding which ones to choose, you can just checkmark them all (that’s the safest way to do it) and then click the Finish button. The address book will then be all imported over to Windows Mail. Yes!

Importing E-mail Account Settings

1.) For this one, go to Tools, Accounts and in the Internet Accounts window, click the Import button.

2.) Next, click the Browse button and find the file where you saved your account settings from Outlook Express. Select the right file and then click Open. You’ll have to repeat this process for all the accounts you exported over. It doesn’t matter how many you have, but if you want them to be present in Windows Mail, you must import them all.

3.) When you’re finished with that, you’ll be able to see all of your saved account settings in the Internet Accounts window. That’s it for this one!

Importing E-mail Messages

1.) To begin, go to File, Import and then choose Messages.

2.) The Windows Mail Import window will open and you need to choose the third option of “Microsoft Outlook Express 6” and then click the Next button.

3.) Next, select the “Import mail from an OE6 store directory” option and then hit OK.

4.) Hit the Browse button and navigate to the spot where you exported your e-mail messages from Outlook Express. Select the file and then hit the Next button.

5.) Select all of the message folders you’d like to import into Windows Mail and then hit Next again. The import process may take a little while, so just be patient.

6.) When the import is done, you will see an “Import Complete” message, which is nice, because you don’t have to just sit there and wonder if it’s done yet or not. Press the Finish button to complete everything.

7.) Once you’ve made it to this point, you’ll be happy to know that all of your e-mail messages from OE are now in your brand new Windows Mail e-mail program. By default, all of your imported messages will show up under the Imported Folder. You can, of course, move them to another location if you’d like though. Just use the drag and drop procedure.

Now, I want to make sure everyone’s clear on one more thing. The instructions I gave you for both Outlook Express and Windows Mail are meant for only one computer that has both Windows XP and Windows Vista installed on it. You can either have a dual boot (both operating systems on one) or if you’re getting ready to upgrade to Vista, make sure you do the Outlook Express part of this tip before you do so. If you have two computers (one with XP and one with Vista), you’ll need to do a file transfer before you begin any of this, because all the e-mail files need to be on one computer. (You can read here or here for some help on that).

That’s it! You’re done! Aren’t you just so excited?! It’s sort of a lengthy process, but once you’re done, you’ll be able to enjoy all of your e-mails, settings and contacts in Vista’s Windows Mail. Oh yeah!

~ Erin

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