How To Transfer Outlook Express to New Computer

Dear Elizabeth,

I have been reading your email help for sometime.

How do I move my outlook express from my xp computer, to my new vista computer?

Both are desktop.

Thank you for any help, Liz


Dear Liz,

You won’t be able to move Outlook Express onto your new Vista computer because Vista and Windows 7 no longer support it. Instead, you will need to import your Outlook Express messages into Windows Mail, which has replaced OE.

You will need some sort of device to transport your files from the old computer to the new desktop. Either an external hard drive that has a USB connection, or a USB data stick are the best tools to use.

1. First, you need to find the location of your old email files. To do this, open Outlook Express, click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then click Options.

2. In the Options window, click on the Maintenance tab, then click on the button that says “Store Folder”.

3. A small window will open, containing the location of your e-mail files. Highlight the folder location, and then press CTRL+C to copy the location.

4. Click Cancel, and then click Cancel again to close the dialog box. Close Outlook Express.

5. Now, you want to open the folder that contains your mail files. An easy way to do this is to click Start, and then click Run.

6. In the Run window, click in the box that says “Open” and press CTRL+V to paste in the location, and then click OK. The window containing your files will now open.

7. To make it easier to copy, I like to click on the “Up” button. Now you can see the Outlook Express folder.

8. Click on “Start” then “My Computer” and double click on your USB backup device to open it.

9. Arrange the two windows on your desktop so that you can see the contents of each of them.

10. Drag the Outlook Express folder to your backup device.

Now you have your Outlook Express email files on the backup device, and you are ready to import them into Windows Mail. Here are the directions.

1. Insert your USB drive in the new computer.

2. Open the drive by clicking on “Start” then on “Computer”, and double click on the drive.

3. Use your mouse to drag the Outlook Express folder to your desktop, and close the computer window.

4. Open Windows Mail. Click on “File” in the menu bar (if the menu bar is not visible, tap to Alt key) point to “Import” and click on “Messages…”.

5. Click to select the format you want to import from (in this case Outlook Express) and click “Next”.

6. Click the “Browse” button and scroll down to find your folder. Click on it, and click “OK”.

7. Click “Next” to import your messages.


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