How to transfer Outlook Express mail to Outlook or to Windows Live Mail. (Windows 8, 7, Vista).

Last updated on March 7th, 2017

Outlook Express was a mail client application designed by Microsoft to send and receive Internet email. Outlook Express was bundled up to Internet Explorer 6 version, but in the latest Windows operating systems Outlook Express is not longer available (and supported) by Microsoft and was replaced initially by Windows Mail and then by Windows Live Mail. 

Today, many users upgrade their computers and operating system to Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 and decide to use Microsoft Outlook (included in Microsoft's Office package) or Windows Live Mail instead of Outlook Express to manage their e-mails. For that reason, I write this tutorial to help users transfer their email messages from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail or to MS Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013.

Read also:
How to transfer your contacts from Outlook Express into Outlook.
How to transfer your contacts from Outlook Express into Windows Live Mail.


How to import/export your emails from Outlook Express into Windows Live Mail or into Outlook 2007, 2010 or 2013.

Notes about this guide:
1. If you want to move your Outlook Express email messages into Windows Live Mail, then follow the steps 1-3 in this guide.
2. If you want to move your Outlook Express email messages into Outlook 2013, 2010 or 2007, then follow all the steps in this guide.


Step 1. Copy (Transfer) Outlook Express store folder to the new computer.

From the Windows XP computer (where Outlook Express is installed) copy the Outlook Express store folder to the Windows 7 (or 8, 8.1) computer (e.g. on its Desktop).

Note: All Outlook Express mail messages are kept by default into a single folder named “Outlook Express” under your current (Your_Username) profile in this location* :

  • C:\Documents and Settings\<YourUserName>\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{<OutlookExpressIdentityName>}\Microsoft\
      • e.g. If your username is "Admin" then the Outlook Express store folder is located by default at: "C:\Documents and Settings\Admin\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{D8F3C66E-965E-41AE-8A23-A58460ABAE00}\Microsoft\Outlook Express


* Additional info: If you want confirm the "Outlook Express” store folder location, then read follow the instruction in these instructions.


Step 2: Install Windows Live Mail (Windows Essentials).

On the Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 computer:

1. Download Windows Essentials.

Download Windows Essentials


2. Choose Run to start the Windows Essentials installation.



3. Select the "Choose the programs you want to install" option.

Setup Windows Essentials


4. Leave selected only the Mail program checkbox and click Install.

Setup Windows Essentials Live Mail


5. Wait until the installation is completed and then continue to the next step.

Step 3. Import Outlook Express messages to Windows Live Mail

To transfer Outlook Express mail messages to Windows Live Mail (or to Outlook):

1. Open Windows Live Mail (don't create an account).

2. From the main menu, choose Import Messages.

import outlook express to Windows live


3. At Windows Live Mail Import dialog(s), choose Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and click Next.

import Outlook Express Mail


4. Click Browse.

browse from Outlook Express folder


5. Locate and select the Outlook Express store folder you copied before from the old computer (at Step-1) and choose OK.

Windows Live Mail Outlook Express


6. Click Next.

Outlook Express to WIndows Live Mail


7. At the following screen, choose Next if you want to import all Outlook Express folders/mail messages, to Windows Live Mail or check the Selected folders option, to import specific folders.



(Wait until the importing messages action is completed).

transfer Mesaages to Windows LIve Mail


8. When the import is completed, click Finish.

import Mesaages to Windows LIve Mail

9. Now you should have your emails in Windows Live Mail application (under Storage Folder > Imported Folder > Local Folders).



If you use Windows Live Mail program, as your email application then you have finished with the email messages transfer operation, but if you want to use Outlook as your email application, then proceed to the next – final – step, in order to transfer your mail messages to Outlook.


Step 4. Transfer Windows Live mail messages to Outlook.

1. From Windows Live Mail main menu, select Export email > Export messages.

import Outlook Express mail to outlook


2. At Windows Live Mail Export dialog, choose Microsoft Exchange and click Next.

WLM export to Outllook Exchange


3. At the information message, choose OK.

export messages from Windows Live Mail to Outlook


4. Choose the Outlook profile name, that you want to export the Windows Live messages into. (e.g. "Outlook")


5. Select the All folders option to export all email messages, or choose Selected folders, to export specific folder(s)messages.

Windows Live Mail to Outlook All Folders


(Wait until Export Messages process is completed).

Export to outlook from WLM

6. When the Export is completed, click Finish.

WLM Export Complete

7. Finally close Windows Live Mail and open Outlook. Your messages should be transferred to Outlook.


You 're done!

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