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Moving Windows Mail installation to new computer

by Disneyfan / June 18, 2009 3:17 AM PDT

A friend's Vista laptop was dropped and damaged pretty badly. Rather than pay for repairs, she went out and bought a new laptop. Fortunately the hard drive is still readable. She had been using Windows Mail on the old computer and wants to do the same on the new computer. Can I just copy the contents of \AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders to the same location on the new Vista computer and be all set?

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Is this Windows Live Mail
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 18, 2009 7:01 AM PDT
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(NT) No. I mean Windows Mail that comes with Vista
by Disneyfan / June 18, 2009 7:25 AM PDT
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This may help
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 18, 2009 7:21 PM PDT

I used the new search engine from Microsoft, called Bing, to search for this.

There is guidance there for Windows Mail as well.

But before you do that, I would suggest you have a look at that video, and see if you can do the same in Windows Mail that you can in Windows Live Mail. I suggest at least a look because some way in the video, then presenter mentions that this can also be done with Outlook Express 6, and since Windows Mail has been succeeded by Windows Live Mail, and they are/were both intended as replacements to OE6, it would not surprise me if they both have the same, easy, method for backing up emails.


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Seems worth a try.
by Kees Bakker / June 18, 2009 8:00 PM PDT

It certainly works with Outlook Express and XP (although the folder names are different). Make a copy of the target folder first, so you can easily go back to the old situation if it doesn't work.

These things are faster to try than to ask!


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