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Import Outlook Express Identities

  1. #1


    Jeffery Jones Guest

    Import Outlook Express Identities

    I have installed Windows Live Mail onto XP SP3 (from Outlook Express).
    It found and imported the primary identity.

    Now I find that
    1.) It doesn't import identities. (I used identities to separate
    groups of email addresses and functions).

    Creating separate Windows Users to separate email groups is not an
    option.

    2.) Even if I wanted to import another identity to the current
    identity, this does not work - The Import Wizard just produces a
    message:

    "Identity Import"
    "Windows Live Mail was unable to complete the task".

    Any ideas? I'm not hopeful that I could manage all those
    subfolders correctly after they are jumbled together anyway.

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  2. #2


    Earle Horton Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    Make a new folder in WLM, "Identity A". Move all your imported mail to that
    folder.

    Go back to Outlook Express. Make some other Identity the Primary Identity.
    Log in to the new Primary Identity. Quit Outlook Express. Start WLM,
    Import from Outlook Express. It "should" import all the messages from the
    new Primary Identity. Move all this mail into folder "Identity B". Repeat
    until done.

    --
    Earle Horton -- earleh@xxxxxx

    "Jeffery Jones" <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:5777g49ln13djmgilc5rrhfs3ns9m1o259@xxxxxx

    >I have installed Windows Live Mail onto XP SP3 (from Outlook Express).
    > It found and imported the primary identity.
    >
    > Now I find that
    > 1.) It doesn't import identities. (I used identities to separate
    > groups of email addresses and functions).
    >
    > Creating separate Windows Users to separate email groups is not an
    > option.
    >
    > 2.) Even if I wanted to import another identity to the current
    > identity, this does not work - The Import Wizard just produces a
    > message:
    >
    > "Identity Import"
    > "Windows Live Mail was unable to complete the task".
    >
    > Any ideas? I'm not hopeful that I could manage all those
    > subfolders correctly after they are jumbled together anyway.


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  3. #3


    N. Miller Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    On Sat, 25 Oct 2008 18:30:08 -0400, Jeffery Jones wrote:

    > I have installed Windows Live Mail onto XP SP3 (from Outlook Express).
    > It found and imported the primary identity.
    >
    > Now I find that
    > 1.) It doesn't import identities. (I used identities to separate
    > groups of email addresses and functions).
    Windows Live Mail does not understand the concept of "Identities". It will
    import from the, presumably, the default Identity. I have not played with
    Earle Horton's suggestion, which apparently requires changing which MSOE
    Idenity is the "default" Identity.

    > Creating separate Windows Users to separate email groups is not an
    > option.
    Bummer.

    > 2.) Even if I wanted to import another identity to the current
    > identity, this does not work - The Import Wizard just produces a
    > message:
    >
    > "Identity Import"
    > "Windows Live Mail was unable to complete the task".
    >
    > Any ideas? I'm not hopeful that I could manage all those
    > subfolders correctly after they are jumbled together anyway.
    I am not hopeful that you will succeed; but I am not about to try. Windows
    Live Mail creates a folder structure per account, even for POP3 accounts. I
    am not really sure how to manage many more accounts than I have already
    created in Windows Live Mail. MSFT decided to make changes in how the client
    handles multiple accounts. I guess we will just have to adjust to those
    changes.

    --
    Norman
    ~Oh Lord, why have you come
    ~To Konnyu, with the Lion and the Drum

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  4. #4


    ...winston Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    Separate from identities and using subfolders(cf. Earle's post) for importing different(default modified OE identities), you may
    also have to manually resolve importing data OE's address book/Contact data since groups, available data fields for an address book
    entry, and duplicate addresses within an individual address book entry are handled differently or not supported in WLM as they were
    in OE.
    --
    ...winston
    ms-mvp mail


    "Jeffery Jones" <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:5777g49ln13djmgilc5rrhfs3ns9m1o259@xxxxxx

    > I have installed Windows Live Mail onto XP SP3 (from Outlook Express).
    > It found and imported the primary identity.
    >
    > Now I find that
    > 1.) It doesn't import identities. (I used identities to separate
    > groups of email addresses and functions).
    >
    > Creating separate Windows Users to separate email groups is not an
    > option.
    >
    > 2.) Even if I wanted to import another identity to the current
    > identity, this does not work - The Import Wizard just produces a
    > message:
    >
    > "Identity Import"
    > "Windows Live Mail was unable to complete the task".
    >
    > Any ideas? I'm not hopeful that I could manage all those
    > subfolders correctly after they are jumbled together anyway.


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  5. #5


    Jeffery Jones Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    On Sat, 25 Oct 2008 19:11:45 -0600, "Earle Horton" <earleh@xxxxxx>
    wrote:

    >Make a new folder in WLM, "Identity A". Move all your imported mail to that
    >folder.
    >
    >Go back to Outlook Express. Make some other Identity the Primary Identity.
    >Log in to the new Primary Identity. Quit Outlook Express. Start WLM,
    >Import from Outlook Express. It "should" import all the messages from the
    >new Primary Identity. Move all this mail into folder "Identity B". Repeat
    >until done.
    Thanks! It looks like I can use this method. That gave me an idea.
    I didn't exactly follow these steps - I wanted to try to fully obtain
    the old "Identities" function.
    Closed WLM
    Renamed folder "Windows Live Mail" in my C:\Documents and
    Settings\{login}\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\ to
    "Windows Live Mail1", then created a new "Windows Live Mail" folder.
    Started WLM. It created the bare folders, db, etc that it needs
    to run. Sweet!
    Import another OE identity.

    So I manually have the functionality by renaming the WLM folder. Now
    to create an exec program to manage the folder identity rename when
    WLM terminates. The only risk I can think of is where a future
    version of WLM would need to upgade the mail DB format during install
    and doesn't upgrade the other identities. Hopefully they'll do this
    at run time when the program starts instead of at install time.

    I realized that I have really used the identtity feature to the
    max - with different mail rules to presort into folders for different
    identities. It would be awkward to try to merge all those mail rules
    and folders.

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  6. #6


    Jeffery Jones Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 01:36:53 -0400, "...winston"
    <winstonmvp@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >Separate from identities and using subfolders(cf. Earle's post) for importing different(default modified OE identities), you may
    >also have to manually resolve importing data OE's address book/Contact data since groups, available data fields for an address book
    >entry, and duplicate addresses within an individual address book entry are handled differently or not supported in WLM as they were
    >in OE.
    Luckily I didn't have many contacts in my address book, so I can
    manually fix this up after importing.

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  7. #7


    Jeffery Jones Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 08:40:44 -0400, Jeffery Jones
    <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > So I manually have the functionality by renaming the WLM folder. Now
    >to create an exec program to manage the folder identity rename when
    >WLM terminates.
    Down in flames - the mail filter rules and other settings are in the
    registry, and some of them conflict. There's not a "rename registry
    key" function, so I'm not comfortable trying this.

    So it's back to the beginning. If I migrate, I'll just have to
    accept that I will have tons of folders under a top level identity as
    outlined by Earle, then try to rework all mail filtering rules and
    hope that there are no duplicates. It would be good to be able to
    automatically keep Sent messages separate by identity as well.

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  8. #8


    Ron Sommer Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    Each account will have its own folders.
    Why would your want to have to use messages rules to move mail from
    different accounts to one account's folders?

    You can File, Import and point to different store folders, so I don't see
    the point of having to change the default Identity in OE.
    --
    Ronald Sommer

    "Jeffery Jones" <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:9d29g490bdpd1joj5b3a4bui5f9cfukijv@xxxxxx

    > On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 08:40:44 -0400, Jeffery Jones
    > <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote:
    >

    >> So I manually have the functionality by renaming the WLM folder. Now
    >>to create an exec program to manage the folder identity rename when
    >>WLM terminates.
    >
    > Down in flames - the mail filter rules and other settings are in the
    > registry, and some of them conflict. There's not a "rename registry
    > key" function, so I'm not comfortable trying this.
    >
    > So it's back to the beginning. If I migrate, I'll just have to
    > accept that I will have tons of folders under a top level identity as
    > outlined by Earle, then try to rework all mail filtering rules and
    > hope that there are no duplicates. It would be good to be able to
    > automatically keep Sent messages separate by identity as well.

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  9. #9


    Jeffery Jones Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 11:52:07 -0500, "Ron Sommer"
    <rsommer@xxxxxx> wrote:

    >Each account will have its own folders.
    >Why would your want to have to use messages rules to move mail from
    >different accounts to one account's folders?
    I missed the account per folder feature of WLM - that was not in OE.
    So I might be able to bring it all in, but I will need to manually
    recreate all message rules from all identities - only the message
    rules from the primary identity are migrated automatically.

    >You can File, Import and point to different store folders, so I don't see
    >the point of having to change the default Identity in OE.
    It would just save several hours of migration time - I'm not the
    only one to wish that they still had it. There is this product for
    Identities in Windows Mail - http://www.oehelp.com/WMIDs/Default.aspx
    , but it doesn't look like it supports WLM.

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  10. #10


    ...winston Guest

    Re: Import Outlook Express Identities

    It does not..

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    ...winston
    ms-mvp mail


    "Jeffery Jones" <keineverbung@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:2n4cg4ld1lda0te7gbqq7ctcdacanm968c@xxxxxx

    > On Sun, 26 Oct 2008 11:52:07 -0500, "Ron Sommer"
    > There is this product for
    > Identities in Windows Mail - http://www.oehelp.com/WMIDs/Default.aspx
    > , but it doesn't look like it supports WLM.


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