Moving Messages from Windows Live Mail to Vista’s Windows Mail


  • Windows Live Mail does not include a File Export option to move messages to Vista’s Windows Mail email client
  • The traditional ‘Drag and Drop’ method is one work-around capable of achieving that task

 Step 1:  Drag Messages from Windows Live Mail to an Explorer FolderCreate a new folder using Windows Explorer on the desktop(e.g. WLMDragEmail)
Create sub-folders in the new folder with identical names as the folders in your Windows Live Mail email account
– Inbox, Outbox, Sent, etc (including any user created folders)
Open Windows Live Mail
Resize each window to fit on the desktop(one for the new folder and one for Windows Live Mail)
Switch to Windows Live Mail and select messages from a Windows Live Mail folder e.g Inbox
– Control A can be used to Select All
Drag those messages to the identical named sub-folder in the earlier created Windows Explorer folder.
Repeat for each Windows Mail folder(Outbox, Sent, etc including any user created folders)
Close Windows Live MailStep 2:  Drag Messages from an Explorer Folder to Vista’s Windows MailOpen Vista’s Windows Mail
Resize again to show two windows–the Explorer folder and Windows Mail
Ensure an email account is created (including any user created folders)
Drag the messages from the Windows Explorer folder(s) to the like named folder(s) in Windows Mail


May 3, 2008: Original Published Date

May 24, 2008: Summary Content Updated; Windows Live Tags added

Windows Live Tags: Mail, Vista, How-To, drag and drop, clubhouse

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