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How to I transfer mail from Outlook Express 6

I have lots of email that I'd like to keep until I can throw out some of it . I read instructions that said to put in a flash drive, went to File, Export, Messages. Then a box said: "This will export messages from Outlook Express to Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange" and I said "ok" . and the next message said: The export could not be performed. A error occurred while initializing MAPI.

So what do I do now? I don't plan to putting all the messages on my Mac, but want to be able to keep some on another computer. Sentimental value, ya know!

Help appreciated!! Peggy

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MAPI is used to export to webmail account

In reply to: How to I transfer mail from Outlook Express 6

If you do export to an online MAPI account, then you can use another email program that supports MAPI connections and have it download into that program. Another way is to install Thunderbird onto the outlook mail computer and use it's import function. It will import the mail into files which can also be used in Mac computers. All you need to do then is locate the files under the user profile for Thunderbird and directly copy them onto other media to save.

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My nod would be to install ThunderBird.

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Let it import it all on the install and then...

Next. Read "Manually moving files

If you are moving from one operating system to another (such as changing from Windows to Mac), you must manually move your profile from one computer to the next. You'll need to first back up your profile using the instructions on the Profiles page, then follow the directions on that page for "Restoring to a different location." "

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Too Complicated!!

In reply to: My nod would be to install ThunderBird.

Gee, I thought I could just put them on a flash drive and I'd have them. One problem, I can't install anything on the old computer because the internet suddenly stopped, I spoke with Time Warner tech and they had me plugging and unplugging the cord into the modem several times and I even changed the cable, but no luck. They then said I'd have to talk to Microsoft. Yeah, sure for an XP. What's really strange is that all the wireless works -- new computer, iPad, iPhone etc. It's only the one thing, the computer that is plugged in, that won't work. Also, I don't know what MAPI is. Maybe, I should just give up. If I could get the internet back on the old computer, I might try it . But for now, I'm at a loss. Thanks as always for your help. Peggy

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Do this then

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Order this disc. It will boot directly into a LIVE operating system that is easy to use. No need to "install" it, so ignore that icon when it boots up. You set your BIOS to boot from a CD drive. If you liked XP, you will do OK with this.

Here's an in depth video on it, 3 parts if you wish.

Here's my computer showing some of it.

You can use it "as is" from the CD, or install it later if wished. It has a file manager that will let you copy anything off from your old XP computer to a flashdrive.

I don't know what version of Outlook you were using, maybe this helps.

Or you can start Thunderbird from the LIVE CD, set your personal profile in thunderbird mail to be on a flashdrive, since nothing is saved otherwise when the computer is shut down from a LIVE CD. You can then import all your Outlook files using Thunderbird to that flashdrive and have them for the future. Also whatever mail program you use in future, you can point to the flashdrive and have it import mail from it.
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plugged in

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are you referring to a LAN port being plugged in? Have you tried a different port on the modem/router? Does this XP boot at all? Is it's only problem connecting to the internet? Since wireless works, do you have a USB wifi device you can install the software from into XP and then boot to the system and plug the device in and access the internet wirelessly?

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Lan Port

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I didn't realize that's what it's called! I've tried it in every possible port on the modem with no luck. Also I changed the cord. I thought aybe there was something wrong with the port on the computer, so I tried to brush any dust out of it. Everything else on the XP works fine, boots fine, all programs seem to work except internet based. Also, my printer doesn't work on this computer as it's wireless. No I don't think of have a USB wifi device. Wireless and internet don't work, but all other programs do.

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Get one of these

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I have several and KNOW they work well and have great reception and distance ability. Unfortunately they've become so popular for both Windows and Linux use recently that the price at Amazon has been jacked up from $20 to about $40, but they can still be bought less expensively, such as this one on EBay, seller has many sells and 100% rating.
also sold there, but closer to $20.

I recently used one of these in a metal clad trailer and picked up open wifi shared by a neighbor from over 150 feet away with no problem.

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Re: export

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It's clear why the export to MS Outlook or MS Exchange didn't work, isn't it. Those weren't installed.

O, and of course you can still install programs on that XP PC. Just use another PC to download the setup/install program to a USB stick and run from there on your XP PC.

But that isn't necessary, if you do this:
1. Copy the whole folder containing the .dbx files to a USB-stick. This are all your mails. Don't you have them on a backup? Better do in the future!
2. Install Thunderbird on your new PC.
3. Import your mail from the folder on the USB-stick into Thunderbird.

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