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Old 12-06-2013, 15:07
IWish
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Does anyone know the best way to back up emails from Windows live mail. I want to back them up then put them back when I get my new laptop.

I have tried to back them up using the windows live mail menu account export into a new folder and I can't open the folder it says I need a programme to open them up any advice would be appreciated thanks.
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:02
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You're doing it wrong.

firstly create a folder, maybe on your desktop. right click, new > folder.

call it email backup.

in WLM go to export - windows live mail - then where it says folder, click browse and find the folder you just created.

there are other ways too. like there are apps that do lots of things:
there is a thing called windows easy transfer
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/w...-easy-transfer

it's built in to win 7 (and presumably win 8,)

it transfers:
accounts
music
documents
pictures
music
email
favourites
videos
and apparently more...

there's more than one way of doing it. if your old computer is up and running you can do it over the network. if it's not you can just plug the old hard disk in with a 5 usb cable.
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:27
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Just to add to the above, you should also export your Email Account(s) and Contacts from within WLM.
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Old 12-06-2013, 18:05
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I've been using Static's Windows Mail (not the Live Mail version) backup app for years. Single click to back up all your account(s) details, emails, address book, and settings (rules junk filters, signatures etc) into a single backup file. And if you need to rebuild your machine, or move to a different machine, you can restore everything email with a single click (once you've installed the app of course). I was lucky enough to find Statics apps when they were free, they now charge about $20 for their current versions, but you can still find copies of the free versions; Static Windows Live Mail Backup Free

I've also used their free Outlook and Outlook Express versions across machine rebuilds, ie backup and restore to rebuilt machine. Excellent little app.

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Old 13-06-2013, 09:08
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I just don't get the windows easy transfer thing it's all beyond me! Can anyone please explain how it works and what I'm supposed to do. I'm ONLY interested in saving my emails nothing else realy matters.

A step by step example would be great thanks.
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Old 13-06-2013, 09:33
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don't use the easy transfer then.

just back up your WLM as i explained.
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Old 13-06-2013, 09:39
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Can I import them back to where they were if I do that .?
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Old 13-06-2013, 13:38
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Yes, you can import them by opening WLM on the new machine (if WLM isn't already installed, you can download it). Select the Import Messages option and then browse to the email folder you created. You might need to rearrange the Inbox/Outbox/etc. folders afterwards to get them back to the order you prefer.

More importantly, your emails should already have been backed up. If something had happened to the machine (failed hard drive, WLM crash, malware, user error, etc., etc.), you could have lost the lot.
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Old 13-06-2013, 17:01
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Thanks can I just ask one more thing (sorry)

I save them on to a USB stick but when I try and open I get

WLM.FOL what is that ?
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Old 13-06-2013, 19:23
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You don't try and open the files, you simply import them back into WLM.

Any .eml files can be opened up manually (as long as you already have WLM installed), but there's not much point in doing that.
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