How to Copy Outlook Express Mail from one computer to another (unfinished)

(sorry, I never got to finishing this… but here’s a start)

Here’s the easiest way, assuming the old (source) PC is still working.
The steps below will import from Outlook Express to Outlook.

On Source PC, install Outlook. Start Outlook and import email and addresses into Outlook.
Copy outlook.pst from Source PC to Target PC.


If all I have are Outlook Express files,
http://www.mailnavigator.com works to convert dbx files back into mail folders.

For each Outlook account, all dbx files are saved in one directory called the
store root directory, which can be defined by choosing the command:
Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store folder

There are also several predetermined dbx files which are in the store root directory and don’t have a corresponding folder inside OE:

Folders.dbx – – – stores a tree structure of folders and other information.
Offline.dbx – – – contains the data of interactive access to IMAP and Hotmail accounts if those are available to you.
Pop3uidl.dbx – – – stores information from messages left on a POP3 mail server.


To copy address book manually:
copy C:/Documents and Settings/(username)/Application Data/Microsoft/Address Book/(username).wab from Source to Target, putting it in the same place on Target. On Target, do an Import of Outlook Express addresses.

Here’s where Outlook Express stores folders:
C:/Documents and Settings/(username)/Local Settings/Application Data/Identities/(some crazy string)/Microsoft/Outlook Express
Or maybe
C:/Documents and Settings/(username)/Identities/(some crazy string, one per user on the machine)

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