Microsoft Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail

Migrate Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to Windows Mail Live

Microsoft Outlook Express (OE) is end-of-life and replaced by Windows Mail Live (WML). Moreover, Outlook Express version 6 was bundled with Internet Explorer and could not be (re-)installed as a standalone application. Hence, the need to say goodbye to this Mail Client and welcome the new version, renamed to Windows Live Mail. This freeware Mail Client can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center.

Migration of your messages, address book and mail accounts from OE to WML should work fine, if you upgrade on the same computer with the same Windows version installed. However, moving these data from one computer to another may be challenging. Here are some steps that you can follow to make the transition successful:

1 backup all your Outlook Express data

Follow the steps explained in my ‘Microsoft Outlook Express – Housekeeping’ post.

2 install Windows Live Mail on the source system

Indeed, install Windows Live Mail first on your ‘old’ system to migrate the messages. Once Windows Live Mail is installed, you can import the OE folders and export them into a WML format. The conversion of these data is worthwhile, since WML will create a single file for each message.

3 install Windows Live Mail on the target system

Install Windows Live Mail on your ‘new’ system.
Import the Outlook Express internet account files (‘.aif’ file) and address book (‘.wab’ file).
Import the WML formatted messages from your ‘old’ system. After the import process, you will find your folders and messages under ‘Storage Folders’, ‘Imported Folder’, ‘Local Folders’

 WML

Now you’re done and your new system uses the new Microsoft Mail Client, with your mail account(s) and access to your (old) messages and address book.

Microsoft Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail

Migrate Microsoft Outlook Express 6 to Windows Mail Live

Microsoft Outlook Express (OE) is end-of-life and replaced by Windows Mail Live (WML). Moreover, Outlook Express version 6 was bundled with Internet Explorer and could not be (re-)installed as a standalone application. Hence, the need to say goodbye to this Mail Client and welcome the new version, renamed to Windows Live Mail. This freeware Mail Client can be downloaded from the Microsoft Download Center.

Migration of your messages, address book and mail accounts from OE to WML should work fine, if you upgrade on the same computer with the same Windows version installed. However, moving these data from one computer to another may be challenging. Here are some steps that you can follow to make the transition successful:

1 backup all your Outlook Express data

Follow the steps explained in my ‘Microsoft Outlook Express – Housekeeping’ post.

2 install Windows Live Mail on the source system

Indeed, install Windows Live Mail first on your ‘old’ system to migrate the messages. Once Windows Live Mail is installed, you can import the OE folders and export them into a WML format. The conversion of these data is worthwhile, since WML will create a single file for each message.

3 install Windows Live Mail on the target system

Install Windows Live Mail on your ‘new’ system.
Import the Outlook Express internet account files (‘.aif’ file) and address book (‘.wab’ file).
Import the WML formatted messages from your ‘old’ system. After the import process, you will find your folders and messages under ‘Storage Folders’, ‘Imported Folder’, ‘Local Folders’

 WML

Now you’re done and your new system uses the new Microsoft Mail Client, with your mail account(s) and access to your (old) messages and address book.

Microsoft Outlook Express – open attachments

Outlook Express

Attachments cannot be opened !

For security reasons, some attachments are made inaccessible by Outlook Express.

‘Outlook Express heeft de volgende onveilige bestanden ontoegankelijk gemaakt’

attachments

Just forward the message (doorsturen) and you will be able to open or save the attached files.

Make sure you have your Anti-Virus scanner enabled before you open any file!

Microsoft Outlook Express – open attachments

Outlook Express

Attachments cannot be opened !

For security reasons, some attachments are made inaccessible by Outlook Express.

‘Outlook Express heeft de volgende onveilige bestanden ontoegankelijk gemaakt’

attachments

Just forward the message (doorsturen) and you will be able to open or save the attached files.

Make sure you have your Anti-Virus scanner enabled before you open any file!

Microsoft Outlook Express – Restore Folders and Contacts Views

Restore Folders and Contacts Views

Volg deze stappen om Vensters voor Mappen en Contactpersonen herstellen:

1. Onder het menu ‘Beeld‘, kies voor ‘Indeling‘.

2. Vervolgens selecteer welke vensters moeten getoond worden:

  • Contactpersonen
  • Mappenbalk
  • Mappenlijst
  • Statusbalk
  • Werkbalk

klik in het vakje links van de opties (zie afbeelding hieronder):

vensterprops

3. Vervolgens klik ‘OK‘ om de selectie te bevestigen.

Microsoft Outlook Express – Restore Folders and Contacts Views

Restore Folders and Contacts Views

Volg deze stappen om Vensters voor Mappen en Contactpersonen herstellen:

1. Onder het menu ‘Beeld‘, kies voor ‘Indeling‘.

2. Vervolgens selecteer welke vensters moeten getoond worden:

  • Contactpersonen
  • Mappenbalk
  • Mappenlijst
  • Statusbalk
  • Werkbalk

klik in het vakje links van de opties (zie afbeelding hieronder):

vensterprops

3. Vervolgens klik ‘OK‘ om de selectie te bevestigen.

Microsoft Outlook Express – Import an Internet Account !

Microsoft Outlook Express – Import an Internet Account !

Follow these two steps to import the Outlook Express (OE) Account Settings.

1. Select in the Tools, Internet Accounts menu the file to import.

Locate the folder in which the Internet Account Settings File is stored.

importaccount

2. Adapt the Server settings to the ISP configuration.

Edit the Internet Account Properties and check the Server Settings.

accountprpts

Microsoft Outlook Express – Import an Internet Account !

Microsoft Outlook Express – Import an Internet Account !

Follow these two steps to import the Outlook Express (OE) Account Settings.

1. Select in the Tools, Internet Accounts menu the file to import.

Locate the folder in which the Internet Account Settings File is stored.

importaccount

2. Adapt the Server settings to the ISP configuration.

Edit the Internet Account Properties and check the Server Settings.

accountprpts

Microsoft Outlook Express – Housekeeping !

Follow these five steps to migrate the Outlook Express (OE) files to the folder of your choice.

Read also the instructions on the Microsoft Support site.

Outlook users can use the Backup Tool from Microsoft.

1. create a folder on your drive

First create a folder to store the OE files.

2. locate the folder on your drive

Then start OE and select Tools, Options, Maintenance, Store Location: enter here the folder (see picture below).

storelocation

3. move the files to the folder on your drive

Close (Exit) the OE application. At next startup of OE, the files will automatically be copied to the new location.

4. Backup your Account Settings

Export the Account Settings to the selected folder for future reference and backup.

Start OE and select Tools, Accounts, Email, Export: enter here the folder (see picture below).

exportaccounts

5. Backup your Address Book

Export your Address Book to the selected folder for future reference and backup.

Start OE and select Address Book, File, Export: enter here the folder (see picture below).

exportaddress

Microsoft Outlook Express – Housekeeping !

Follow these five steps to migrate the Outlook Express (OE) files to the folder of your choice.

Read also the instructions on the Microsoft Support site.

Outlook users can use the Backup Tool from Microsoft.

1. create a folder on your drive

First create a folder to store the OE files.

2. locate the folder on your drive

Then start OE and select Tools, Options, Maintenance, Store Location: enter here the folder (see picture below).

storelocation

3. move the files to the folder on your drive

Close (Exit) the OE application. At next startup of OE, the files will automatically be copied to the new location.

4. Backup your Account Settings

Export the Account Settings to the selected folder for future reference and backup.

Start OE and select Tools, Accounts, Email, Export: enter here the folder (see picture below).

exportaccounts

5. Backup your Address Book

Export your Address Book to the selected folder for future reference and backup.

Start OE and select Address Book, File, Export: enter here the folder (see picture below).

exportaddress

Tuning the Windows environment – Windows XP re-install

Windows XP re-install

Here is a guide to refurbish a Windows XP desktop system; in other words, re-installing Windows from scratch. In this case, the desktop was a Dell Dimension 4550 on which three user profiles were defined.

1)      Backup all data for each user profile.
Make sure you are logged on with administrator privileges. Change the folder options to include hidden files and system folders.
Search the system for data files. Not all files may reside under ‘My Documents’, in particular also scan the Shared folders on the system.
An easy way to perform the backup is to use the ‘Syncback’ tool.

2)      Backup user profile specific files.
Custom desktop wallpaper files are stored in c:\Documents and Settings\<user profile>\Local Settings\Microsoft\
Custom account picture files are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\

3)      Backup user mailboxes.
In case of Microsoft Outlook Express, it wise to follow my Microsoft Outlook Express housekeeping steps.

4)      Backup or get a copy of specific drivers for video, sound, modem and network support. In particular, keep a copy of the video drivers; download the most up to date copy from the manufacturer’s site (e.g. NVIDIA or ATI), if necessary. Check if any other specific files or settings have to be saved.

5)      Set the CD-ROM as first bootable drive in the BIOS and reboot the system with the Windows XP installation CD. Remove all external drives! If not, windows may install them as system drives.

6)      Before starting the windows installation process, check the available partitions. Ideally, you should create a partition to install windows on (with at least 30 Gb) and a partition for the user data files (any remaining space). If the drive is too small (50 Gb or less), just use one partition. More information about partitioning is available in my ‘dedicated data partition‘ post.

7)      Once Windows has been installed, proceed with the custom driver installation. The first to update is the video driver. Then check the Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager: for any device with a (yellow) question mark, you will need to install or update the driver. Use the files from step 4, install from the manufacturer CD (if available) or download from the internet. This step is only successful if no question marks occur in the Device Manager list. You may need to reboot the system after installation of some device drivers.

8)      Start the customization of your windows environment:
Regional and Language Options (in the Control Panel) are a minimum to verify, in particular the keyboard settings (in the Languages tab, Details) need to match the attached keyboard lay-out.
Name and Company Information can be changed in the Registry. Follow the Microsoft instructions.
Apply the items of my ‘Windows XP optimization‘ post.

9)      Set the Hard Drive as first bootable drive in the BIOS and reboot the system. Make sure the system is connected to the internet (wired connection, not Wi-Fi), to allow windows updates to occur. The system may need to be rebooted upon request.

10)   Install all applications (respect the copyrights) and printers. This may be a good opportunity to uprade the system with the latest version of the applications. Check on the software developer’s site if any new versions are available.

11)   Create a system ‘restore point’ (Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore).

12)   Create the user profiles and restore the data from step 1, 2 and 3. Check each user profile, in particular the user privileges and access rights of the restored data (try to copy a file to an external drive, to check the file access rights).
Visual Effects may need to be reviewed for each user profile.

13)   Perform the Five essential steps in XP Maintenance.

Windows Best of Breed (Freeware) Software

Best of breed software
Who said the best things in life come for free? They do, check out my favourite FREEWARE list below. The list is built of applications and tools that I am using or I have deployed. While many alternatives may exist, these are the ones that do the job for me. There is no such thing as a free lunch, so you will need to tolerate some advertising or constraints in functionality. If you are willing to ‘pay that price’, you have a good deal. Enjoy the free ride!

Virus and Spam Protection

Backup Tools

  • SyncBack is a FREE backup and file synchronisation tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • KeePass is a FREE password manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

System Cleaning Tools

  • CCleaner is a FREE system optimization tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • MyDefrag is a FREE system disk defragmenter and optimizer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • EASEUS Partition Master is a FREE hard disk partition tool that works well for Windows XP.

File and Print

  • FileZilla is a FREE file transfer client and server that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • Cute PDF is a FREE PDF creator that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • ZipGenius is a FREE file compression tool.

Media Players

  • VLC is a FREE mediaplayer with great video codec support that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • iTunes is a FREE mediaplayer and library tool that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes support

  • IrfanView is a FREE image viewer that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Foxit Reader is a FREE PDF reader that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Browsers

  • Google Chrome is a FREE web browser that works well for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10 as well as for MacOS.
  • Safari is a FREE web browser that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista 7 & Windows 10.
  • Mozilla Firefox is a FREE web browser that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Note 1: Internet Explorer and Firefox have different implementation of ‘standards’ which causes unsimilar display results when you design web pages – (check out my posts on Mozilla Firefox).

Note 2: Mozilla performs better than Safari when it comes to file downloads and display of some web pages at particular websites.

Mail and Internet Phone

  • Windows Live Mail is a FREE mail client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: Outlook Express is end-of-life and was my initial prefered mail client – (check out my posts on Outlook Express).

  • Skype is a FREE Internet Phone client and service that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.

Media Library and Conversion Tools

Note: check out my posts on Videora support

  • DVDVideoSoft.com offers a FREE collection of tools to work with DVD, video and audio files.
  • DVD Profiler is a DVD Collection Database Manager that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • calibre is an ebook management tool that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 to 10.
  • Mixxx is free, open source DJ software that works well for MacOS, Windows XP, Vista and 7.
  • Audacity is a FREE audio recorder and editor that works well for Windows and MacOS.

Note: check out my post on recording with Audacity

  • iTunes Sync is a FREE iTunes MP3 Player Integration tool that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Note: check out my posts on iTunes Sync support

Remote Assistance Tools

  • TeamViewer is a FREE Remote Assistance Client that works well for Windows XP, Vista and 7 to 10.
  • TightVNC and UltraVNC are FREE Remote Assistance Clients.

Note: check out my posts on Remote Assistance support