Merge Message Storage Folders in Windows Live Mail (or not). Solved

  1.    16 Feb 2017 #1

    Merge Message Storage Folders in Windows Live Mail (or not).

    Hi all,

    I've messed up, and I hope that someone can help me out.

    I've set up Windows Live Mail on a new system (Windows 10),
    then downloaded a lot of messages from the server to the
    default folder that WLM sets up on installation.

    I know how to change that default folder:

    File > Options > Mail ...
    Advanced > Maintenance ...

    Store Folders

    C:\Users\Sys_2016\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Live Mail

    My problem is that I did not do that before letting WLM
    go online and download messages, and I have all of the old
    messages from the system that I was previously using as
    my email client copied to a folder on my new system.

    What I want to do is to merge everything from the default folder
    that WLM has downloaded my most-recent messages into with
    everything from the folder that I've copied over from the old system.

    But I may not have to, if WLM behaves as I hope that it might.

    If I just change the download folder (using the steps above)
    to the folder path on the logical drive that has all of my
    old messages, would WLM then redownload all of the messages
    that it has downloaded in the meantime?

    (All of the messages are still on the server.)

    That seems too simple, and I'm concerned that I'm going to
    mess myself up more than I already have.

    Last edited by wylbur; 16 Feb 2017 at 12:51. Reason: hard returns were not rendered
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       16 Feb 2017 #2

    Welcome to the TenForums @wylbur

    First off so you are aware, Windows Live Mail is no longer supported and depending on your mail server and their plans to drop access you could find yourself in a messy situation. I've already had to move several of the people I support here in Canada.

    Now because it is not supported doesn't mean it won't work but it could get pretty glitchy.

    If you have Office 365 you could move to Outlook 2016 or you might want to try Mozilla Thunderbird. Thunderbird may not be the prettiest client it does work.

    I believe to get your mail to redownload you are going to need a new "Profile" in WLM. If you are setting the account up as IMAP then your online account is the book of record and what gets download should be what is on mail servers. Now you say you have your old mail file so I assume these are personal folders that are not on your Web Mail Server so not sure how these would be merge.

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