June 14, 2010 2:29 AM Subscribe
How can I retrieve messages from Outlook Express and transfer them to Outlook 2007? Complications inside.
posted by ninazer0 to computers & internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dad was running Outlook Express on an old Windows 98 box that used to be mine. I got him a new machine running Windows 7 and Outlook 2007. The old machine was in the process of dying and I was not able to save and export his old messages - it simply wouldn't let me even though I'd done it before. Options which should have been there were greyed out. Much swearing ensued.
We were able to copy the old harddrive onto an external drive before the old machine ground to a halt but I can't seem to find a way to import the mail (which is in there somewhere) into Outlook 2007. I've found instructions to import the Address Book (*.wab files) which works fine. But I can't seem to find anything to do the same with the mail.
I can find the mail folders on the old drive copy (*.dbx files) but I can neither transfer the folders nor retrieve the mail inside. The Outlook 2007 import functions don't seem to let me specify an particular folder it should import from and I'm starting to loose my temper.
Short of performing necromancy on the old machine, emailing myself all the old mails, saving and backing up onto a thumb-drive and then importing them onto the new machine....how can I get Dad's old mail back?? (or at least strip the photo's and/or email addresses?)