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Import Mail and Account Settings from Outlook Express in Windows Live Mail

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Out with Outlook Express, in with Windows Live Mail.

Now all you've got to do is get all your old mail and folders — and, if possible, email account settings, too — out of Outlook Express and into Windows Live Mail. Fortunately, importing these messages and account details is easy.

Import Mail and Account Settings from Outlook Express in Windows Live Mail

To import Outlook Express email accounts, folders and messages into Windows Live Mail:

  • Start Outlook Express.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu.
  • Go to the Mail tab.
  • Highlight the desired email account.
  • Click Export....
  • Now click Save to export the settings to a .iaf file named after the account in your My Documents folder.
    • Choose a network drive or portable medium to transfer settings from one computer to another.
  • Close Outlook Express.
  • Open Windows Live Mail.
  • Select Tools | Accounts... from the menu.
    • You may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu bar.
  • Click Import....
  • Highlight the .iaf file you just saved in Outlook Express.
  • Click Open.
  • Click Close.
  • Now select File | Import | Messages... from the menu.
  • Make sure Microsoft Outlook Express 6 is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Click Next > again.
  • Choose specific folders to import under Select folders: or leave All folders selected to import all Outlook Express mail.
  • Click Next >.
  • Now click Finish.
  • You fill find the imported messages or folders under Storage folders in the Windows Live Mail folder list.

Now you can import your Outlook Express contacts, too.

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