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.eml files

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Emrys Davies, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. Emrys Davies

    Emrys Davies Flightless Bird

    I am about to buy a new computer with Win7 installed and my intentions
    are to install Windows Live Mail. I know that if I import my .dbx file
    to WLM they will be stored as .eml files. Now my question: Will the
    imported and stored .eml files open in a readable state, unlike stored
    ..dbx files which will not open properly in their stored location?
    Google did not help.
     
  2. Bruce Hagen

    Bruce Hagen Flightless Bird

    Emrys Davies" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:7rhosuF660U1@mid.individual.net...
    >I am about to buy a new computer with Win7 installed and my intentions
    > are to install Windows Live Mail. I know that if I import my .dbx file
    > to WLM they will be stored as .eml files. Now my question: Will the
    > imported and stored .eml files open in a readable state, unlike stored
    > .dbx files which will not open properly in their stored location?
    > Google did not help.
    >



    WLMail and WinMail in Vista stored messages as eml files to prevent the
    problems that the fragile dbx file system had. Backup as follows and all
    will be well.

    For messages:

    Copy the *ENTIRE* OE message store folder to a flash drive. (Folders.dbx
    must be included). Place this on the Desktop or other location on the
    machine using WLMail. Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages |
    Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and point to where you saved it.

    For Addresses:

    Open the Address Book in OE and File | Export | Address Book (wab) and
    save it to the Desktop. Copy to a flash drive. Place this on the Desktop
    or other location on the machine using WLMail.

    Open the Contacts list in WLMail, (Go | Contacts on the Menu Bar), and
    File | Import | Windows Address Book (wab) and point to where you saved
    it.

    Note: If you use a CD or DVD instead of a flash drive, after placing on
    the new machine you must remove the Read Only attribute in Properties
    before you import.
    --------------------------------------------------------------

    You may want to check out the "Troll Free" Microsoft Answers forums,
    especially for Win7 issues.

    Microsoft Answers Windows 7 Forums:
    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windows7
    --
    Bruce Hagen
    MS-MVP [Mail]
    Imperial Beach, CA
     
  3. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    Hi, Emrys.

    Yes. Each message will be in a separate .eml file, which is a plain text
    file with some metadata - and a long cryptic name created by WLM. If you
    want to see them, first find the path to your Message Store by clicking
    Tools | Options | Advanced | Message | Store Folder. Then use Windows
    Explorer to browse to that folder. Find the subfolder that corresponds to
    one of your Mail Accounts and look into that folder's Inbox folder. As you
    will see, the actual filenames are inscrutable, but if you click on one, you
    can easily read it. In fact, if you click Explorer's Organize | Layout menu
    and turn on the Details Pane, you can read each message without even opening
    it.

    Those strange filenames are indexed, of course, so that WLM can show them to
    you. But that index is kept in the Mail.MSMessageStore file which is not
    ordinarily readable, at least not by me.

    We'll need on of the WLM gurus to guide us from here. As Paul Harvey used
    to say, "Don't ask me for details. I've already told you more than I know."
    :^}

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64

    "Emrys Davies" <me@privacy.net> wrote in message
    news:7rhosuF660U1@mid.individual.net...
    > I am about to buy a new computer with Win7 installed and my intentions
    > are to install Windows Live Mail. I know that if I import my .dbx file
    > to WLM they will be stored as .eml files. Now my question: Will the
    > imported and stored .eml files open in a readable state, unlike stored
    > .dbx files which will not open properly in their stored location?
    > Google did not help.
     
  4. Emrys Davies

    Emrys Davies Flightless Bird

    "R. C. White" <rc@grandecom.net> wrote in message
    news:2d-dncS7SNxoWM7WnZ2dnUVZ_u2dnZ2d@posted.grandecom...
    > Hi, Emrys.
    >
    > Yes. Each message will be in a separate .eml file, which is a plain

    text
    > file with some metadata - and a long cryptic name created by WLM. If

    you
    > want to see them, first find the path to your Message Store by

    clicking
    > Tools | Options | Advanced | Message | Store Folder. Then use Windows
    > Explorer to browse to that folder. Find the subfolder that

    corresponds to
    > one of your Mail Accounts and look into that folder's Inbox folder.

    As you
    > will see, the actual filenames are inscrutable, but if you click on

    one, you
    > can easily read it. In fact, if you click Explorer's Organize |

    Layout menu
    > and turn on the Details Pane, you can read each message without even

    opening
    > it.
    >
    > Those strange filenames are indexed, of course, so that WLM can show

    them to
    > you. But that index is kept in the Mail.MSMessageStore file which is

    not
    > ordinarily readable, at least not by me.
    >
    > We'll need on of the WLM gurus to guide us from here. As Paul Harvey

    used
    > to say, "Don't ask me for details. I've already told you more than I

    know."
    > :^}
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA


    Thanks a lot gentlement. That is very explicit and most helpful and I
    very much appreciate it.
     

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