Outlook Express and Windows Mail store the mail differently, so just moving
the files to your new machine isn't enough. You should be able to recover
old messages and old contacts, but not all the rest of the old information.
If you want your old contacts, bring along the .wab file. After you copy
to a directory on the hard drive of your new machine, make sure the copies
read-write instead of readonly before you import them into Windows Mail.
If this does not import your old contacts, start Windows Mail, click on
Windows Contacts. If the toolbar of the Contacts window does not include
Import, right click in the empty space below the right side of this toolbar,
click on Customize This Folder, then the triangle, then Contacts, then
then OK. Click on Import, then Windows Address Book File (Outlook
Express contacts), then Import, then find the .wab file and click on it.
on Close, then close the Contacts window.
"Bruce" <Bruce@xxxxxx> wrote in message
> I have a similar problem. My OE email was backed up to an external hard
> The desktop computer died. It was replaced with a new Dell with Vista and
> Windows Mail installed.
> The restore function on the external drive won't restore the OE emails
> Windows Mail.
> Is there a way to work around this problem?
> "ow" wrote:
>> Need help desparately. I store all my Outlook Express email in an
>> hard disk and plug and play between my office desktop and laptop when
>> Could I still do the same after changing to Vista since I just bought a
>> If laptop is Vista and my office desktop is XP, are they still
>> I mean using new Window Mail in laptop but still store the mail in an
>> external hard disk, then connect the external hard disk back to desktop
>> Pls help and shed me light on how to do the new switching and procedure