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wabeard6596
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 2:07 pm    Post subject: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail
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Help please,

I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
Vista.
Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files right
where I put them.

What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?

Thanks,
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Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 6:41 pm    Post subject: Re: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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"wabeard6596" wrote in message

> Help please,
>
> I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
> Vista.
> Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
> when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
> displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files
> right
> where I put them.
>
> What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?
>
> Thanks,
>
>

Try right click | Properties and make sure they are not Read Only or Hidden.
If that doesn't do it see
http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm

--
Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
http://www.fjsmjs.com
Answer in newsgroup. Don't expect an answer to email.
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Joe
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Instead of creating a new post, I thought I would just add to this.
I'm having the same issue. The documentation in Windows Mail states that it
will automatically import OE messages while updating to Vista. It does not.
I found my dbx files and created a new directory. When I go to Windows Mail
and try to import, the message I get is "No items match your search". I've
checked the properties, and the files are not hidden or read only.
The link below does have the steps that I followed. With regards to the
duplicate path names, it's true that it does replicate "my path\my path",
however, you can not edit the path through the import process. The field is
locked.
Thanks


"Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM" wrote:

> "wabeard6596" wrote in message
>
> > Help please,
> >
> > I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
> > Vista.
> > Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
> > when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
> > displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files
> > right
> > where I put them.
> >
> > What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> >
>
> Try right click | Properties and make sure they are not Read Only or Hidden.
> If that doesn't do it see
> http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
>
> --
> Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
> http://www.fjsmjs.com
> Answer in newsgroup. Don't expect an answer to email.
>
>
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wabeard6596
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:54 am    Post subject: Re: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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Joe,

I resolved my problem! When you use the Import Wizard to "Browse..." for
your files, you want to identify the directory (Folder) that the .dbx files
are in (not the files themselves).

Example: If the path to your Outlook Express email is c:\x\y\z\test.dbx,
then, from the "Browse..." function within the Import Wizard, go to the path
c:\x\y\z and press the Select Folder button. Then, the Wizard will Import
the files that are within the "z" directory. Ignore the bit about the search
not finding anything. I know that throw me too.

I hope that helps.
wabeard6596


"Joe" wrote:

> Instead of creating a new post, I thought I would just add to this.
> I'm having the same issue. The documentation in Windows Mail states that it
> will automatically import OE messages while updating to Vista. It does not.
> I found my dbx files and created a new directory. When I go to Windows Mail
> and try to import, the message I get is "No items match your search". I've
> checked the properties, and the files are not hidden or read only.
> The link below does have the steps that I followed. With regards to the
> duplicate path names, it's true that it does replicate "my path\my path",
> however, you can not edit the path through the import process. The field is
> locked.
> Thanks
>
>
> "Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM" wrote:
>
> > "wabeard6596" wrote in message
> >
> > > Help please,
> > >
> > > I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
> > > Vista.
> > > Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
> > > when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
> > > displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files
> > > right
> > > where I put them.
> > >
> > > What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Try right click | Properties and make sure they are not Read Only or Hidden.
> > If that doesn't do it see
> > http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
> >
> > --
> > Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
> > http://www.fjsmjs.com
> > Answer in newsgroup. Don't expect an answer to email.
> >
> >
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Joe
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 8:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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That was perfect.
Thank you so much

"wabeard6596" wrote:

> Joe,
>
> I resolved my problem! When you use the Import Wizard to "Browse..." for
> your files, you want to identify the directory (Folder) that the .dbx files
> are in (not the files themselves).
>
> Example: If the path to your Outlook Express email is c:\x\y\z\test.dbx,
> then, from the "Browse..." function within the Import Wizard, go to the path
> c:\x\y\z and press the Select Folder button. Then, the Wizard will Import
> the files that are within the "z" directory. Ignore the bit about the search
> not finding anything. I know that throw me too.
>
> I hope that helps.
> wabeard6596
>
>
> "Joe" wrote:
>
> > Instead of creating a new post, I thought I would just add to this.
> > I'm having the same issue. The documentation in Windows Mail states that it
> > will automatically import OE messages while updating to Vista. It does not.
> > I found my dbx files and created a new directory. When I go to Windows Mail
> > and try to import, the message I get is "No items match your search". I've
> > checked the properties, and the files are not hidden or read only.
> > The link below does have the steps that I followed. With regards to the
> > duplicate path names, it's true that it does replicate "my path\my path",
> > however, you can not edit the path through the import process. The field is
> > locked.
> > Thanks
> >
> >
> > "Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM" wrote:
> >
> > > "wabeard6596" wrote in message
> > >
> > > > Help please,
> > > >
> > > > I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
> > > > Vista.
> > > > Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
> > > > when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
> > > > displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files
> > > > right
> > > > where I put them.
> > > >
> > > > What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > > Try right click | Properties and make sure they are not Read Only or Hidden.
> > > If that doesn't do it see
> > > http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
> > >
> > > --
> > > Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
> > > http://www.fjsmjs.com
> > > Answer in newsgroup. Don't expect an answer to email.
> > >
> > >
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jasjeje
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Since: Jun 30, 2007
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Importing .dbx into Windows Mail [Login to view extended thread Info.]
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wabeard6596 you're the best!
Your suggestion worked.
3 days of kicking the computer and cursing Windows Mail are over.
I got [Windows] mail!
Thanks

"wabeard6596" wrote:

> Joe,
>
> I resolved my problem! When you use the Import Wizard to "Browse..." for
> your files, you want to identify the directory (Folder) that the .dbx files
> are in (not the files themselves).
>
> Example: If the path to your Outlook Express email is c:\x\y\z\test.dbx,
> then, from the "Browse..." function within the Import Wizard, go to the path
> c:\x\y\z and press the Select Folder button. Then, the Wizard will Import
> the files that are within the "z" directory. Ignore the bit about the search
> not finding anything. I know that throw me too.
>
> I hope that helps.
> wabeard6596
>
>
> "Joe" wrote:
>
> > Instead of creating a new post, I thought I would just add to this.
> > I'm having the same issue. The documentation in Windows Mail states that it
> > will automatically import OE messages while updating to Vista. It does not.
> > I found my dbx files and created a new directory. When I go to Windows Mail
> > and try to import, the message I get is "No items match your search". I've
> > checked the properties, and the files are not hidden or read only.
> > The link below does have the steps that I followed. With regards to the
> > duplicate path names, it's true that it does replicate "my path\my path",
> > however, you can not edit the path through the import process. The field is
> > locked.
> > Thanks
> >
> >
> > "Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM" wrote:
> >
> > > "wabeard6596" wrote in message
> > >
> > > > Help please,
> > > >
> > > > I saved my Outlook Express email files (.dbx) prior to installing Windows
> > > > Vista.
> > > > Now, I am trying to import the .dbx files into Vista's Windows Mail, but
> > > > when I direct "Browse" to the appropriate directory, the files are not
> > > > displayed. However, when I use the Windows Explorer, I see the files
> > > > right
> > > > where I put them.
> > > >
> > > > What else can I do to import my Outlook Express email files?
> > > >
> > > > Thanks,
> > > >
> > > >
> > >
> > > Try right click | Properties and make sure they are not Read Only or Hidden.
> > > If that doesn't do it see
> > > http://www.oehelp.com/backup.aspx#oe2wm
> > >
> > > --
> > > Frank Saunders, MS-MVP OE/WM
> > > http://www.fjsmjs.com
> > > Answer in newsgroup. Don't expect an answer to email.
> > >
> > >
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larrydonline



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:20 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I found this discussion via a google search. After trying all the tips in this thread and following all the links given, I'm no closer to importing my dbx files into Windows Mail than when I started. I see no one has added to this topic since July, so does that mean no one else has had any problems with importing their OE6 messages into Windows Mail?

I've given it a rest for several days and then went back and read everything and tried everything again, but still no success. Can anyone think of anything else to try? The error message I always get says "no messages can be found in this folder or another application is running that has the required files open."

Windows Explorer has no problem seeing that the dbx files are indeed in the folder. I've tried importing them from a folder on my desktop, from a folder in my Main user>Documents folder, and from an external hard drive, but it makes no difference. The thing about backing off to the folder name instead of actually opening the folder where the files are located also makes no difference. I tried using ABC Amber DBX Converter which is supposed to convert dbx into EML files but it only acts on one message at a time and after I had a dozen messages converted they still wouldn't be imported into Windows Mail.

Trying to find any angle to access my dbx files again, I'm wondering if I can run Outlook Express and Windows Mail at the same time? OE6 was a part of IE7 for the XP and didn't seem to be accessible as a stand alone program without IE7. I've even tried to import the dbx files into Thunderbird but I can't seem to run Thunderbird on this Dell XPS 420 computer with Vista Home Premium Edition. When I try to install it and run it is says it is already running and can't be opened. Yet I can't find any process to kill to stop whatever it is that makes Thunderbird think it's already running. Thunderbird did import messages from OE6 on my XP, so I'd use that as a way to access old messages if I could get Thunderbird to run on Vista.
There must be some way to solve this problem...any ideas would be welcome...
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larrydonline



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:05 pm    Post subject: [Login to view extended thread Info.]

OK, I think I may have my mystery solved. I overlooked the importance of having the folders.dbx in the dbx store that's being imported. When adding older message folders to OE6 I had learned to not include folders.dbx which forced OE6 to create a new folder.dbx.

But I suppose without that folder in the message store, Windows Mail can't tell what folders are there that are supposed to be imported. It looks like I"ll have to set up XP again just so I can export all the messages from OE6 including the folder.dbx before I can import them into Windows Mail....Unless there's some way to run OE6 in Vista...
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igb



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:14 pm    Post subject: make sure you "Unblock" the .dbx files [Login to view extended thread Info.]

I found that even if the .dbx files were all set not read-only that Windows Mail would still not see the files for importing. Looking at the Properties of the file I noticed an extra Attribute - Security: with the text "This file came from another computer and might be blocked to help protect this computer." and an "Unblock" button, which, when pressed, removed the attribute altogether from the panel. I think you have to at very least Unblock the Folders.dbx file. I then tryed to import again - finally worked for me!! Idea

-igb
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