"PA-Woodchuck" <Insert e-mail address here!> wrote in message
> The wifes been using Vista's window mail while on the road and now needs
> to import the mail back into XP's outlook express. I hae looked around but
> can't find anyway to do the task. Looks like Microsoft only want you to go
> the other way! Not a good idea MS.
This isn't actually an uncommon sort of problem, and you just need to use
different tools for the job. In this case, the tools are various email
Not all mail clients allow import or export to all other formats, so you
have to find which mail clients are necessary. You may need several.
In your case, what you may have to do, for example, is to install
Thunderbird, and use tools like mboximport to get the mail into Thunderbird,
and then import that to Outlook Express by way of Netscape Communicator 4.7.
This is a bit of a kludge, but sometimes it's the easiest way to get the job
done, and it *does* allow you to get the job done. You do need to install
those mail clients for a short while, but they don't need to stay there.
Once you've established which clients you need, you can probably be done
within an hour or so, much of which is waiting for the import to complete.
You do need to check that the imports and exports worked properly. If
you're using Eudora as part of the process, various problems such as
stripped attachments or odd HTML renderings can occur.
You can likely use Outlook as the import intermediary, too. Sorry, I'm not
on a Vista system at the moment and can't check the steps, but you do
acutally have to have Outlook installed to do this. You do not need to
activate it, however, so you can use a trial version or borrow a legit
version for a temporary install. Remove it when done.