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Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

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    Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

    I have been reading these forums trying to find out why I am getting a MAPI initialization error when I try to export the messages in Windows Mail to Exchange. There is no option to export to Outlook which would be preferred, but Outlook is compatible so I choose this exchange and get the error. A lot of people are getting this error and most of the time it is because they don't have Outlook installed. I do. I have Office 2003 Professional installed. Could this error be caused by my already having set up my email account - could Windows Mail be trying to use the same name for the .pst folder that outlook uses? Before anyone asks, my Outlook is functioning perfectly. I am doing this for a customer who mistakenly upgraded their computer to Vista when it didn't meet the minimum specs and I have reverted them back to XP. Now they cannot access any of their email and I need to remedy this. I have their email messages imported to one of my Vista systems and trying to export them isn't working. Any help would be appreciated.

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    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

    If you have the messages as eml files, then you can just drag them from
    Explorer and drop them into OE folders in XP. Then you can export from OE
    to Outlook or Exchange if you wish.

    steve

    "ghowriter" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    news:124518fdee4ae67cb48060b8886ee709@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    >
    > I have been reading these forums trying to find out why I am getting a
    > MAPI initialization error when I try to export the messages in Windows
    > Mail to Exchange. There is no option to export to Outlook which would be
    > preferred, but Outlook is compatible so I choose this exchange and get
    > the error. A lot of people are getting this error and most of the time
    > it is because they don't have Outlook installed. I do. I have Office
    > 2003 Professional installed. Could this error be caused by my already
    > having set up my email account - could Windows Mail be trying to use the
    > same name for the .pst folder that outlook uses? Before anyone asks, my
    > Outlook is functioning perfectly. I am doing this for a customer who
    > mistakenly upgraded their computer to Vista when it didn't meet the
    > minimum specs and I have reverted them back to XP. Now they cannot
    > access any of their email and I need to remedy this. I have their email
    > messages imported to one of my Vista systems and trying to export them
    > isn't working. Any help would be appreciated.
    >
    >
    > --
    > ghowriter

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    Gus Guest

    Re: Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

    Steve,
    I am having the same issue as ghowriter, but Im not advanced enough to
    follow your instructions. Im having trouble finding the Win Mail file
    location and outlook. Do you have any more details on your response below?
    Im using Windows Vista. Thanks

    "Steve Cochran" wrote:

    > If you have the messages as eml files, then you can just drag them from
    > Explorer and drop them into OE folders in XP. Then you can export from OE
    > to Outlook or Exchange if you wish.
    >
    > steve
    >
    > "ghowriter" <guest@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    > news:124518fdee4ae67cb48060b8886ee709@xxxxxx-gateway.com...

    > >
    > > I have been reading these forums trying to find out why I am getting a
    > > MAPI initialization error when I try to export the messages in Windows
    > > Mail to Exchange. There is no option to export to Outlook which would be
    > > preferred, but Outlook is compatible so I choose this exchange and get
    > > the error. A lot of people are getting this error and most of the time
    > > it is because they don't have Outlook installed. I do. I have Office
    > > 2003 Professional installed. Could this error be caused by my already
    > > having set up my email account - could Windows Mail be trying to use the
    > > same name for the .pst folder that outlook uses? Before anyone asks, my
    > > Outlook is functioning perfectly. I am doing this for a customer who
    > > mistakenly upgraded their computer to Vista when it didn't meet the
    > > minimum specs and I have reverted them back to XP. Now they cannot
    > > access any of their email and I need to remedy this. I have their email
    > > messages imported to one of my Vista systems and trying to export them
    > > isn't working. Any help would be appreciated.
    > >
    > >
    > > --
    > > ghowriter
    >

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  4. #4


    Chowdog Guest

    Re: Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

    On Jul 25, 11:21*pm, Gus <G...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > Steve,
    > I am having the same issue as ghowriter, but Im not advanced enough to
    > follow your instructions. *Im having trouble finding the Win Mail file
    > location and outlook. *Do you have any more details on your response below? *
    > Im using Windows Vista. *Thanks
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve Cochran" wrote:

    > > If you have the messages as eml files, then you can just drag them from
    > > Explorer and drop them into OE folders in XP. *Then you can export from OE
    > > to Outlook or Exchange if you wish.
    >

    > > steve
    >

    > > "ghowriter" <gu...@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    > >news:124518fdee4ae67cb48060b8886ee709@xxxxxx-gateway.com...
    >

    > > > I have been reading these forums trying to find out why I am getting a
    > > > MAPI initialization error when I try to export the messages in Windows
    > > > Mail to Exchange. There is no option to export to Outlook which wouldbe
    > > > preferred, but Outlook is compatible so I choose this exchange and get
    > > > the error. A lot of people are getting this error and most of the time
    > > > it is because they don't have Outlook installed. I do. I have Office
    > > > 2003 Professional installed. Could this error be caused by my already
    > > > having set up my email account - could Windows Mail be trying to use the
    > > > same name for the .pst folder that outlook uses? Before anyone asks, my
    > > > Outlook is functioning perfectly. I am doing this for a customer who
    > > > mistakenly upgraded their computer to Vista when it didn't meet the
    > > > minimum specs and I have reverted them back to XP. Now they cannot
    > > > access any of their email and I need to remedy this. I have their email
    > > > messages imported to one of my Vista systems and trying to export them
    > > > isn't working. Any help would be appreciated.
    >

    > > > --
    > > > ghowriter- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -
    I had the same problem. I installed Windows Live with the option to
    only install the Mail component. Once you install it and run it,
    Windows Live Mail will import the Windows Mail automatically. Once
    that is complete, hit the 'alt' tab on your keyboard to view the
    standard toolbar bar. Click on 'File --> Export --> Messages' and
    then follow the same procedure as Windows Mail. It worked for me.

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  5. #5


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: Windows Mail Export Error (MAPI)

    On the Vista machine search for *.eml. They should be in a directory such
    as C:\Users\Username\AppData\Microsoft\Windows Mail and then in local
    folders matching the mailboxes. See www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx for details.

    Copy them to the XP machine and then create a new folder such as
    oldsentitems in OE and open it so it shows an empty message list. Open the
    old sent items folder from Vista and select an eml file and drag it overtop
    the empty OE folder message list and drop it. You will see it gets
    incorporated into the folder. Once you get it working, you can drag all the
    eml files at once and drop them as long as they are only eml files that you
    are dragging and dropping. My OEX program (www.oehelp.com/OEX/) will let
    you do this import from a directory with a single button click instead.

    steve

    "Chowdog" <roger.garate@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:72b8fd33-ac91-4426-9b77-7c5a4c6078ab@xxxxxx
    On Jul 25, 11:21 pm, Gus <G...@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > Steve,
    > I am having the same issue as ghowriter, but Im not advanced enough to
    > follow your instructions. Im having trouble finding the Win Mail file
    > location and outlook. Do you have any more details on your response below?
    > Im using Windows Vista. Thanks
    >
    >
    >
    > "Steve Cochran" wrote:

    > > If you have the messages as eml files, then you can just drag them from
    > > Explorer and drop them into OE folders in XP. Then you can export from
    > > OE
    > > to Outlook or Exchange if you wish.
    >

    > > steve
    >

    > > "ghowriter" <gu...@xxxxxx-email.com> wrote in message
    > >news:124518fdee4ae67cb48060b8886ee709@xxxxxx-gateway.com...
    >

    > > > I have been reading these forums trying to find out why I am getting a
    > > > MAPI initialization error when I try to export the messages in Windows
    > > > Mail to Exchange. There is no option to export to Outlook which would
    > > > be
    > > > preferred, but Outlook is compatible so I choose this exchange and get
    > > > the error. A lot of people are getting this error and most of the time
    > > > it is because they don't have Outlook installed. I do. I have Office
    > > > 2003 Professional installed. Could this error be caused by my already
    > > > having set up my email account - could Windows Mail be trying to use
    > > > the
    > > > same name for the .pst folder that outlook uses? Before anyone asks,
    > > > my
    > > > Outlook is functioning perfectly. I am doing this for a customer who
    > > > mistakenly upgraded their computer to Vista when it didn't meet the
    > > > minimum specs and I have reverted them back to XP. Now they cannot
    > > > access any of their email and I need to remedy this. I have their
    > > > email
    > > > messages imported to one of my Vista systems and trying to export them
    > > > isn't working. Any help would be appreciated.
    >

    > > > --
    > > > ghowriter- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -
    I had the same problem. I installed Windows Live with the option to
    only install the Mail component. Once you install it and run it,
    Windows Live Mail will import the Windows Mail automatically. Once
    that is complete, hit the 'alt' tab on your keyboard to view the
    standard toolbar bar. Click on 'File --> Export --> Messages' and
    then follow the same procedure as Windows Mail. It worked for me.



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