Windows 10: Windows 10 Mail/Windows Live Mail 2012 - can't import from OE6

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  1.    01 Apr 2018 #1

    Windows 10 Mail/Windows Live Mail 2012 - can't import from OE6


    Long time lurker but first time poster here :)
    I have been using Outlook Express 6 on my last machine (Windows XP) for a long time to check my POP mailbox. The Inbox.dbx file ended up being over 2GB in size, and OE couldn't read it. No worries, I thought I'll get around to fixing it one day - but never did.

    Fast forward to now and I've just purchased a shiny new Windows 10 64-bit machine. It comes with Mail, which (in my opinion) is a horrible, un-customisable application which I really don't want to use.

    I have downloaded a copy of Windows Live Mail 2012 which looks a lot better and I'd be happy to use. Issue is, I can't import my old messages from my old machine. I've copied the entire Outlook Express folder to my new machine, and tried to import my Inbox and Sent Items. However, every time I try to do this, I get the error: "No messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open." - except I can see the files are there, and nothing else that is accessing them is actually open.

    Can anyone give me some pointers here? It would be nice to migrate all my messages over to Windows Live Mail 2012 and start using it on my new machine...

    Thanks in advance for any help :)
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  2.    01 Apr 2018 #2

    You could try using this free backup/restore program which I used a long time back coming from OE. It can effectively transfer rules, settings, contacts, messages between programs. No need to grovel around getting bits and pieces from wherever MS has chosen to hide them.
    MailStore Home – Free Email Archiving and Backup for Home Users

    However if your OE msgs are corrupt and you have no backup, that's another matter.
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  3. Posts : 771
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       01 Apr 2018 #3

    Windows Live Mail 2012 is no longer supported it is a road to nowhere.

    From what I remember about OE 6 was that the folders needed to be regularly compressed to stop corruption. You need all the *.DBX files including Folders.DBX to rescue those.

    I just culled and moved all mine into an Outlook Mail account and that is synced with the Windows 10 Mail App.

    Ultimately as a last resort you can open *.DBX files in an application like Notepad, Word etc as the substance of the Emails is in plain text.
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  4.    01 Apr 2018 #4

    Thanks for the suggestions so far. I really don't want to use the Mail application that comes with Windows 10 (by default) if I can help it - I personally think it looks horrible. At least Windows Mail is customisable.

    I suspect my messages may indeed be corrupted as when the file exceeded 2GB suddenly the inbox in OE appeared empty. I have all the .dbx files but they won't import.

    Does it sound like my .dbx files are corrupted?
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  5.    02 Apr 2018 #5

    If they are corrupted, can someone suggest a good (preferably free) app to recover them?
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  6.    02 Apr 2018 #6

    This is how my Outlook Express folder looks, btw (if this is any help?)
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       02 Apr 2018 #7

    Before I'd give up on OE messages I'd download and install the free OE Classic. Folder size doesn't appear to have the same limit as OE.
    OE Classic - Download
    OE Classic - Easy to use Outlook Express replacement
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  8.    02 Apr 2018 #8

    Okay, great and thanks. Will that allow me to export my messages though?
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint
       02 Apr 2018 #9

    The Edge said: View Post
    Okay, great and thanks. Will that allow me to export my messages though?
    Second link, Message Storage section.
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  10.    02 Apr 2018 #10

    Thanks, I'll give that a try and report back :)
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