How do I access old email store folders?

  Phrixos 20:50 15 Dec 2008

Over the years, and as I learned to use (meaning, to completely mess up) a computer--from Windows95 (ugh!) to Vista (-better), I soon learned that I could build as good a computer as the ones bought in the shops. (It's not really all that difficult; its the software that's the real problem.) Now, after six or seven self-builds I've got the concept more or less sorted.

Throughout the various changeovers, however, I have amassed several stores of old email messages that, prior to a new build, I had copied and pasted to what I have labeled my "Survival" folder. To date, copying the contents of one of these old Store folders means completely replacing the newer store folder--i.e., loosing the more recent messages. Thus, it appears I can never, ever access the messages in those old backup folders

--or am I wrong about that? Is there a way to "merge" the contents of old Outlook Express backup mail folders with the current Windows Mail Store folder?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:10 15 Dec 2008

You can transfer your OE messages to WM as follows:

1. Set up the identities you want in Windows Mail.
2. Go to XP’s Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder.
3. Make a note of its location and navigate to it. If you haven't moved it, it's here C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{GUID}\Microsoft\Outlook Express. You may have to show 'hidden' files in Folder Options to see it. Close Outlook Express.
4. Copy the whole folder (not just the .dbx files) to an external source. Remove any ‘Read only’ attributes via right-click > Properties.
5. In Vista’s Windows Mail go to File > Import > Messages > OE6 > Next > Import Mail and follow the wizard to import your mail boxes from the copied folder you made above.
6. Once these are imported, a sub-folder named Imported Folder is created for each one imported. Go to it and drag the messages to the proper boxes.

Repeat the procedure for each identity.

As an alternative to 2 above, you could move the mail boxes to an ‘easier-to-get-at’ location, i.e. Open My Documents and create a folder named Mail Boxes. Now go to Outlook Express > Tools > Maintenance Tab > Store Folder > Change and type the location of the new folder, e.g. My Docs\Mail Boxes. Close Outlook Express. The store location is now easier to navigate to and it is not hidden.

  Phrixos 22:24 15 Dec 2008

Fruit Bat, you sly thing! Those symbols after your username are positively pornographic! (Or is it just me?)

--but back to the subject. This'll take some digesting. Like I said, hardware is easy. It's software that gets me every time. This may sound silly, but what does "set up the identities you want" mean?

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