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Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

  1. #1


    Jim Pickering Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use that,
    then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message store. To
    import from Outlook directly into Windows Mail, you need to also have
    Outlook installed on the Vista box, and Outlook must be using the PST file
    you wish to import from.
    --
    Jim Pickering
    MVP-Windows Mail applications
    Please reply only to the newsgroup.

    "David Drury" <David Drury@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:99C2F27D-7F2F-4B86-93BF-CD2D726A1140@microsoft.com...
    >I have seen a bunch of other threads on this, but they did not seem to
    >answer
    > the question. I am running Microsoft Outlook(not Express) on my old
    > computer. Just got new computer with Microsoft Mail. Is there a way for
    > me
    > to copy my old e-mails and import them into Microsoft Mai. There appears
    > to
    > be an import from Outlook option, but I get the message file can't be
    > imported from the MAPI client. Any help?



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  3. #2


    etoel Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    I run Outlook 2003 and that doesn't offer an export to Outlook Express
    format - unless Outlook Express also use .pst (it didn't before I think).
    I can export to cvs files, access, excel, .pst and tab separated.




    "Jim Pickering" <jimpickering@noplace.invalid> skrev i melding
    news:AE6C4FA7-D8DD-4874-A236-206DB273F03B@microsoft.com...
    > On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use
    > that, then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message
    > store. To import from Outlook directly into Windows Mail, you need to
    > also have Outlook installed on the Vista box, and Outlook must be using
    > the PST file you wish to import from.
    > --
    > Jim Pickering
    > MVP-Windows Mail applications
    > Please reply only to the newsgroup.
    >
    > "David Drury" <David Drury@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:99C2F27D-7F2F-4B86-93BF-CD2D726A1140@microsoft.com...
    >>I have seen a bunch of other threads on this, but they did not seem to
    >>answer
    >> the question. I am running Microsoft Outlook(not Express) on my old
    >> computer. Just got new computer with Microsoft Mail. Is there a way for
    >> me
    >> to copy my old e-mails and import them into Microsoft Mai. There appears
    >> to
    >> be an import from Outlook option, but I get the message file can't be
    >> imported from the MAPI client. Any help?

    >



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  4. #3


    Steve Cochran Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    OE never used pst files. Is there an Import option in OE that lets you
    import from the Outlook files?

    steve

    "etoel" <etoel@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:7F8F2285-61EF-4B80-BBE5-F3842B7668BF@microsoft.com...
    >I run Outlook 2003 and that doesn't offer an export to Outlook Express
    >format - unless Outlook Express also use .pst (it didn't before I think).
    > I can export to cvs files, access, excel, .pst and tab separated.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > "Jim Pickering" <jimpickering@noplace.invalid> skrev i melding
    > news:AE6C4FA7-D8DD-4874-A236-206DB273F03B@microsoft.com...
    >> On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use
    >> that, then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message
    >> store. To import from Outlook directly into Windows Mail, you need to
    >> also have Outlook installed on the Vista box, and Outlook must be using
    >> the PST file you wish to import from.
    >> --
    >> Jim Pickering
    >> MVP-Windows Mail applications
    >> Please reply only to the newsgroup.
    >>
    >> "David Drury" <David Drury@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:99C2F27D-7F2F-4B86-93BF-CD2D726A1140@microsoft.com...
    >>>I have seen a bunch of other threads on this, but they did not seem to
    >>>answer
    >>> the question. I am running Microsoft Outlook(not Express) on my old
    >>> computer. Just got new computer with Microsoft Mail. Is there a way for
    >>> me
    >>> to copy my old e-mails and import them into Microsoft Mai. There
    >>> appears to
    >>> be an import from Outlook option, but I get the message file can't be
    >>> imported from the MAPI client. Any help?

    >>

    >



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  5. #4


    Eric Haines Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    "Jim Pickering" wrote:
    > On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use that,
    > then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message store.


    This isn't true on the version of Outlook I have (I can't export to Outlook
    Express 6 from Outlook, but rather vice versa). However, Jim's advice finally
    set me on the right path, a mere 6 hours and 3 failed attempts later. Here's
    how I did it, moving files from Outlook on my old XP computer to Windows Mail
    on my new Vista machine (which does not have Outlook on it):

    1) Open your old Outlook and look over what folders you want to copy over.
    Note: any folders in the Archive Folder in Outlook will not appear on the
    import folder list. You'll need to copy the archive folders you want over to
    your Personal Folders area. Personally, I would do this after successfully
    importing everything else, as copying over archives might make your .pst
    files get unwieldy and large (and possibly unusable).

    2) Open Outlook Express 6. This program comes with Internet Explorer 6 SP1,
    free to download with it - you should have it on your machine, or can get it
    by updating to IE6 SP1
    (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/.../default.mspx).

    3) You can import from Outlook to Outlook Express 6. Go to "File | Import |
    Messages..." and import from Outlook. Choose the folders you want to import
    or just select Import All.

    4) Once everything is in Outlook Express 6, go to "Tools | Options..." and
    click on the Maintenance tab. Click on the "Store Folder..." button. A
    directory will be shown in the dialog. Copy this directory location (however
    you wish). Close down Outlook Express 6.

    5) Open a file explorer and go to this directory. Copy all the files in here
    over to your Vista computer, into some temporary directory. The method used
    is your choice: network, CD, whatever. Experts: you might want to skip this
    step and try using this directory when importing - see step 7 and my warning
    there.

    6) Start up Windows Mail on Vista (and set up the account, etc.). Go to
    "File | Import | Messages...", then select "Outlook Express 6". Hit Next. The
    bottom option, "Import mail from an OE6 store directory" should be the only
    option available. Hit OK.

    7) Here's the part that had me stuck for awhile, "Location of Messages". Hit
    "Browse..." and go find your temporary directory from step 5. Select it. The
    utterly confusing bit is "No files match your search" displayed on the right.
    Just hit "Select Folder". You might also hit a snag with the browse path -
    examine it at this point. If it has the temporary directory path but the last
    folder name in the path is repeated (e.g.
    "C:\Users\Cathy\Document\TempImport\TempImport", then Browse again. Also
    note: I tried shortcutting early on, setting this directory to the Outlook
    Express 6 directory in step 5 and import over the network, but this failed
    for some reason.

    8) Once you hit "Next", you should now be able to import All folders, etc.
    Enjoy! You'll probably want to reorganize the folders once imported. Happily,
    moving folders around in Windows Mail is pretty snappy.

    I hope this works. I'm no expert, but after having spent way too much time
    trying to do what should be simple (going from one Microsoft product to
    another), I felt obligated to attempt to help others out.


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  6. #5


    Jim Pickering Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    Eric: Glad to hear you got it sorted and I apologize for my error. The
    import instructions should have been to open Outlook Express and select
    File/Import/Messages, selecting from Outlook. Thanks for your feedback and
    posting.
    --
    Jim Pickering
    MVP-Windows Mail applications
    https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/pr...8-1171988A62D6
    Please reply only to the newsgroup.

    "Eric Haines" <EricHaines@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:ADBE929B-533E-4EC3-88E9-C3086D8EEF93@microsoft.com...
    > "Jim Pickering" wrote:
    >> On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use
    >> that,
    >> then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message store.

    >
    > This isn't true on the version of Outlook I have (I can't export to
    > Outlook
    > Express 6 from Outlook, but rather vice versa). However, Jim's advice
    > finally
    > set me on the right path, a mere 6 hours and 3 failed attempts later.
    > Here's
    > how I did it, moving files from Outlook on my old XP computer to Windows
    > Mail
    > on my new Vista machine (which does not have Outlook on it):
    >
    > 1) Open your old Outlook and look over what folders you want to copy over.
    > Note: any folders in the Archive Folder in Outlook will not appear on the
    > import folder list. You'll need to copy the archive folders you want over
    > to
    > your Personal Folders area. Personally, I would do this after successfully
    > importing everything else, as copying over archives might make your .pst
    > files get unwieldy and large (and possibly unusable).
    >
    > 2) Open Outlook Express 6. This program comes with Internet Explorer 6
    > SP1,
    > free to download with it - you should have it on your machine, or can get
    > it
    > by updating to IE6 SP1
    > (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/.../default.mspx).
    >
    > 3) You can import from Outlook to Outlook Express 6. Go to "File | Import
    > |
    > Messages..." and import from Outlook. Choose the folders you want to
    > import
    > or just select Import All.
    >
    > 4) Once everything is in Outlook Express 6, go to "Tools | Options..." and
    > click on the Maintenance tab. Click on the "Store Folder..." button. A
    > directory will be shown in the dialog. Copy this directory location
    > (however
    > you wish). Close down Outlook Express 6.
    >
    > 5) Open a file explorer and go to this directory. Copy all the files in
    > here
    > over to your Vista computer, into some temporary directory. The method
    > used
    > is your choice: network, CD, whatever. Experts: you might want to skip
    > this
    > step and try using this directory when importing - see step 7 and my
    > warning
    > there.
    >
    > 6) Start up Windows Mail on Vista (and set up the account, etc.). Go to
    > "File | Import | Messages...", then select "Outlook Express 6". Hit Next.
    > The
    > bottom option, "Import mail from an OE6 store directory" should be the
    > only
    > option available. Hit OK.
    >
    > 7) Here's the part that had me stuck for awhile, "Location of Messages".
    > Hit
    > "Browse..." and go find your temporary directory from step 5. Select it.
    > The
    > utterly confusing bit is "No files match your search" displayed on the
    > right.
    > Just hit "Select Folder". You might also hit a snag with the browse path -
    > examine it at this point. If it has the temporary directory path but the
    > last
    > folder name in the path is repeated (e.g.
    > "C:\Users\Cathy\Document\TempImport\TempImport", then Browse again. Also
    > note: I tried shortcutting early on, setting this directory to the Outlook
    > Express 6 directory in step 5 and import over the network, but this failed
    > for some reason.
    >
    > 8) Once you hit "Next", you should now be able to import All folders, etc.
    > Enjoy! You'll probably want to reorganize the folders once imported.
    > Happily,
    > moving folders around in Windows Mail is pretty snappy.
    >
    > I hope this works. I'm no expert, but after having spent way too much time
    > trying to do what should be simple (going from one Microsoft product to
    > another), I felt obligated to attempt to help others out.
    >


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  7. #6


    jlozier Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    thank you soooo much eric, it worked & i couldn't find this info. anywhere
    else.

    "Eric Haines" wrote:

    > "Jim Pickering" wrote:
    > > On the old computer, Outlook offers an export to Outlook Express. Use that,
    > > then import into windows mail from the Outlook Express message store.

    >
    > This isn't true on the version of Outlook I have (I can't export to Outlook
    > Express 6 from Outlook, but rather vice versa). However, Jim's advice finally
    > set me on the right path, a mere 6 hours and 3 failed attempts later. Here's
    > how I did it, moving files from Outlook on my old XP computer to Windows Mail
    > on my new Vista machine (which does not have Outlook on it):
    >
    > 1) Open your old Outlook and look over what folders you want to copy over.
    > Note: any folders in the Archive Folder in Outlook will not appear on the
    > import folder list. You'll need to copy the archive folders you want over to
    > your Personal Folders area. Personally, I would do this after successfully
    > importing everything else, as copying over archives might make your .pst
    > files get unwieldy and large (and possibly unusable).
    >
    > 2) Open Outlook Express 6. This program comes with Internet Explorer 6 SP1,
    > free to download with it - you should have it on your machine, or can get it
    > by updating to IE6 SP1
    > (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/.../default.mspx).
    >
    > 3) You can import from Outlook to Outlook Express 6. Go to "File | Import |
    > Messages..." and import from Outlook. Choose the folders you want to import
    > or just select Import All.
    >
    > 4) Once everything is in Outlook Express 6, go to "Tools | Options..." and
    > click on the Maintenance tab. Click on the "Store Folder..." button. A
    > directory will be shown in the dialog. Copy this directory location (however
    > you wish). Close down Outlook Express 6.
    >
    > 5) Open a file explorer and go to this directory. Copy all the files in here
    > over to your Vista computer, into some temporary directory. The method used
    > is your choice: network, CD, whatever. Experts: you might want to skip this
    > step and try using this directory when importing - see step 7 and my warning
    > there.
    >
    > 6) Start up Windows Mail on Vista (and set up the account, etc.). Go to
    > "File | Import | Messages...", then select "Outlook Express 6". Hit Next. The
    > bottom option, "Import mail from an OE6 store directory" should be the only
    > option available. Hit OK.
    >
    > 7) Here's the part that had me stuck for awhile, "Location of Messages". Hit
    > "Browse..." and go find your temporary directory from step 5. Select it. The
    > utterly confusing bit is "No files match your search" displayed on the right.
    > Just hit "Select Folder". You might also hit a snag with the browse path -
    > examine it at this point. If it has the temporary directory path but the last
    > folder name in the path is repeated (e.g.
    > "C:\Users\Cathy\Document\TempImport\TempImport", then Browse again. Also
    > note: I tried shortcutting early on, setting this directory to the Outlook
    > Express 6 directory in step 5 and import over the network, but this failed
    > for some reason.
    >
    > 8) Once you hit "Next", you should now be able to import All folders, etc.
    > Enjoy! You'll probably want to reorganize the folders once imported. Happily,
    > moving folders around in Windows Mail is pretty snappy.
    >
    > I hope this works. I'm no expert, but after having spent way too much time
    > trying to do what should be simple (going from one Microsoft product to
    > another), I felt obligated to attempt to help others out.
    >


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  8. #7


    TheJohnnyB Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    Eric / Jim -

    Thanks for the help. Got my Vista desktop delivered yesterday, and
    after Windows Easy Transfer decided twice to try to migrate 120G of
    stuff through it, I decided to do it manually. My wife's Outlook
    Express went smooth, but I was using Outlooking. Importing into OE on
    old computer, copying the OE folder to Vista machine, and importing
    there worked like a charm - within 10 minutes, I had all my emails
    over.

    Thanks a bunch!

    john


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  9. #8


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    Thanks. Good to hear a success story once in a while.

    Gary VanderMolen

    "TheJohnnyB" <jabenoit@yahoo.com> wrote in message news:1174015299.041904.196020@y80g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
    > Eric / Jim -
    >
    > Thanks for the help. Got my Vista desktop delivered yesterday, and
    > after Windows Easy Transfer decided twice to try to migrate 120G of
    > stuff through it, I decided to do it manually. My wife's Outlook
    > Express went smooth, but I was using Outlooking. Importing into OE on
    > old computer, copying the OE folder to Vista machine, and importing
    > there worked like a charm - within 10 minutes, I had all my emails
    > over.
    >
    > Thanks a bunch!
    >
    > john


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  10. #9


    tintinhi Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    could you show me how to do it....i am also facing such problem...

    thx


    "Gary VanderMolen" <gary@NoMail.invalid> wrote in message
    news:unqYGI4ZHHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks. Good to hear a success story once in a while.
    >
    > Gary VanderMolen
    >
    > "TheJohnnyB" <jabenoit@yahoo.com> wrote in message

    news:1174015299.041904.196020@y80g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
    > > Eric / Jim -
    > >
    > > Thanks for the help. Got my Vista desktop delivered yesterday, and
    > > after Windows Easy Transfer decided twice to try to migrate 120G of
    > > stuff through it, I decided to do it manually. My wife's Outlook
    > > Express went smooth, but I was using Outlooking. Importing into OE on
    > > old computer, copying the OE folder to Vista machine, and importing
    > > there worked like a charm - within 10 minutes, I had all my emails
    > > over.
    > >
    > > Thanks a bunch!
    > >
    > > john



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  11. #10


    Gary VanderMolen Guest

    Re: Importing Outlook Messages into Microsoft Mail

    Did you try running Vista's Easy Transfer?
    Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Windows Easy Transfer.

    Gary VanderMolen

    "tintinhi" <mos9394@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:eeHhjS$ZHHA.4808@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > could you show me how to do it....i am also facing such problem...
    >
    > thx
    >
    >
    > "Gary VanderMolen" <gary@NoMail.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:unqYGI4ZHHA.348@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Thanks. Good to hear a success story once in a while.
    >>
    >> Gary VanderMolen
    >>
    >> "TheJohnnyB" <jabenoit@yahoo.com> wrote in message

    > news:1174015299.041904.196020@y80g2000hsf.googlegroups.com...
    >> > Eric / Jim -
    >> >
    >> > Thanks for the help. Got my Vista desktop delivered yesterday, and
    >> > after Windows Easy Transfer decided twice to try to migrate 120G of
    >> > stuff through it, I decided to do it manually. My wife's Outlook
    >> > Express went smooth, but I was using Outlooking. Importing into OE on
    >> > old computer, copying the OE folder to Vista machine, and importing
    >> > there worked like a charm - within 10 minutes, I had all my emails
    >> > over.
    >> >
    >> > Thanks a bunch!
    >> >
    >> > john

    >


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