I would create a new folder in Storage Folders and get the messages in
there. Then you can go from there. Fixing the mail account folders
will depend on the type of account it is. For POP3, you should be able
to delete the problem folder, then recreate it and copy the message
As for your concern, it's only an issue if you want to do things behind
WLM's back. Microsoft does not support that for WLM or any application
for that matter. Their attitude is that you shouldn't know or care
what's going on at the operating system level and only do things via the
WLM interface. You aren't supposed to know the names of any of the
system files related to WLM.
As for what's happening in when you Move or Rename a WLM folder is that
nothing happens at the Windows level. The Windows folder stays in the
same place with the same name. WLM merely updates the mapping of
Windows folder to WLM folder in it's own data.
This isn't that different from other Microsoft mail programs. In Office
Outlook there is just a single PST file that contains all the folders
and messages. In Outlook Express, there is a single DBX file for each
OE folder. And any folder nesting is stored in in OE's own data and not
reflected in Windows folder structure.
What is different about WLM (and Vista Windows Mail) is that for the
first time for Microsoft, there is a Windows folder for each WLM folder
and a Windows file (EML) of each message. But the Windows folder and
file names aren't expected to have any user meaningful names. The EML
files certainly don't. The Windows folder names may be similar to the
WLM folder names, but it's not something you are expected to know or
Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm
"Lindsay Graham" <LDGraham@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> Thanks, Mike -- and, yes, I've learnt my lesson!
> How do I create a new folder in WLM when the folder we're talking
> about is an account folder with all the usual default subfolders
> (Inbox, Sent items etc)? I can't see how to do that unless I create a
> new account and substitute it for the existing one. Any tips or
> Your third para concerns me for 2 reasons. First, it confirms my view
> that WLM is a problem program -- it ought to be able to handle simple
> Moves or Renames of folders properly (pretty basic, I would have
> thought). Second, I have renamed many folders in WLM (I have *many
> many* folders) and I do not have a record of which folders have been
> renamed. How can I rationalise things so that the WLM interface is
> synchronised with what appears in Windows Explorer?
> Lindsay Graham
> "Michael Santovec" <michael_santovec@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> <snip earlier messages>
>> For the future, do not mess with the messages/folders at the Windows
>> level unless you fully understand how WLM works.
>> As for now to salvage things,
>> - In the WLM interface, create a new folder for your messages
>> - From the Windows Explorer, drag the message from the folder that
>> you renamed into the new folder in the WLM interface.
>> - You can then delete the bad folder in the WLM interface.
>> If you want the underlying Windows folders to match the WLM
>> interface, Never Move or Rename a folder in WLM. Instead create a
>> new folder in WLM, move the messages from the old folder to the new
>> folder, then delete the old folder.
>> Mike - http://pages.prodigy.net/michael_santovec/techhelp.htm