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Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

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    Snupy Guest

    Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the mail
    stored? and can i retrieve it?
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    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    Quote Originally Posted by Snupy View Post
    i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the mail
    stored? and can i retrieve it?
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    snupy
    Hi Snupy,

    If you reinstalled Vista, then your email will be permantently gone if you did a clean install without a backup or a copy left on the email server.

    Scroll down a bit in this tutorial to the "How to Backup and Reset Windows Mail" section to see where Windows Mail keeps the emails stored at.

    Windows Mail problems

    Shawn.

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    Dave Guest

    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
    If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still
    be there.
    C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail

    Did you do a backup?


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    "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
    > mail
    > stored? and can i retrieve it?
    > --
    > snupy

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    Snupy Guest

    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to get
    them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
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    snupy


    "Dave" wrote:

    > If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
    > If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still
    > be there.
    > C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
    >
    > Did you do a backup?
    >
    >
    > --
    > http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >
    > "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    > > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
    > > mail
    > > stored? and can i retrieve it?
    > > --
    > > snupy
    >
    >

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    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    Instead of C:\Users\... look for C:\Windows.old\Users\...

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    Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (WLMail)

    "Dave" <dave@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:##FrKE#WIHA.6140@xxxxxx

    > If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
    > If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may still be there.
    > C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
    >
    > Did you do a backup?
    >
    >
    > --
    > http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >
    > "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    >> i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the mail
    >> stored? and can i retrieve it?
    >> --
    >> snupy



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    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?


    "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> 写入消息
    news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    >i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
    >mail
    > stored? and can i retrieve it?
    > --
    > snupy

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    Guest

    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    That file is only the index file. The email messages are stored in .eml
    files.
    I believe there are also folder files. They are all normally hidden files.

    I'm not familiar with the method of getting them back into Windows Mail,
    but I'd try by clicking File, then Import, then Messages.

    "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:CE94562E-1822-4350-A35A-E0E886A37F8F@xxxxxx

    >i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to
    >get
    > them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
    > --
    > snupy
    >
    >
    > "Dave" wrote:
    >

    >> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
    >> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may
    >> still
    >> be there.
    >> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
    >>
    >> Did you do a backup?
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >>
    >> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    >> > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
    >> > mail
    >> > stored? and can i retrieve it?
    >> > --
    >> > snupy
    >>
    >>


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    Dave Guest

    Re: Windows Mail - where is mail stored?

    That's just the database that keeps track of the messages..
    The messages are .eml files..


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    "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:CE94562E-1822-4350-A35A-E0E886A37F8F@xxxxxx

    > i did a backup and can find the file, but can't seem to figure out how to
    > get
    > them back into windows mail. the file is WindowsMail.MSMessageStore.
    > --
    > snupy
    >
    >
    > "Dave" wrote:
    >

    >> If you did a clean install, and formatted the disk, then they are gone.
    >> If you installed Vista over top of the existing install, then they may
    >> still
    >> be there.
    >> C:\Users\(your account)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail
    >>
    >> Did you do a backup?
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> http://get.live.com/wlmail/overview
    >>
    >> "Snupy" <Snupy@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    >> news:C57633F0-76C6-4158-A915-1938E213F8E9@xxxxxx

    >> > i had to reinstall windows vista and all my mail is gone. where is the
    >> > mail
    >> > stored? and can i retrieve it?
    >> > --
    >> > snupy
    >>
    >>

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