In Outlook Express, compact you folders first.
Click on Outlook Express at the top of the folder tree so no folders are
open. Then: File | Work Offline (or double click Working Online in the
Status Bar). File | Folder | Compact all folders. Don't touch anything
until the compacting is completed.
Compact Your OE Folders:
Transferring data from Outlook Express to Windows Live Mail:
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.
V-2009: Open WLMail and: File | Import | Messages | Microsoft Outlook
Express 6 and point to where you saved it.
V-2011/2012: Menu Button | Import Messages | Microsoft Outlook Express 6
and point to where you saved it.
OE Message Store Location:
In OE: Tools | Options | Maintenance | Store Folder will reveal the
location of your Outlook Express files. Write the location down and
navigate to it in Windows Explorer or, copy and paste it into Start | Run.
In WinXP the OE user files (DBX and WAB) are by default marked as hidden.
To view these files in Windows Explorer, you must enable Show Hidden Files
and Folders under Start | Control Panel | Folder Options Icon | View, or
in Windows Explorer | Tools | Folder Options | View.
Note: If any DBX file is over 300MB, go back into OE and move some of the
messages from the related folder to a new user created folder and compact
again to get the file size down.
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.
For WLMail 2009: 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.
For WLMail 2011/2012: Switch to the contacts window (click the address
book icon at the foot of the folder pane, or press Ctrl-3). Click the
Import button, select Windows Address Book (wab) and point to where you
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.