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how can i get all of my archived and organized emails from my xp computer with outlook express to a windows 7 computer?

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April 28, 2014 2:44:36 PM

I just want to move all of my historical emails to a new email client on a windows 7 computer so I can wipe that xp computer. What is a good email client for windows 7 that isn't full of ad or spyware?

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a b $ Windows 7
April 28, 2014 2:57:05 PM

What email client do you plan on using?

If you are using Windows Live Mail (it's free) the messages can be imported directly. Simple case of

1) Locate the .dbx files where Outlook Express is saving your mail. Usually here...
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{RANDOM STRING OF CHARACTERS}
This is a hidden folder. Make sure to adjust your settings so it's visible

2) Copy those files to your new PC

3) Open Windows Live Mail on the new PC. Go to File > Import Messages > Point it to the files and go

That's a very basic guide I know. Google if you need more info there are plenty of guides. Here is a video

For Thunderbird just install it on the same PC as Outlook Express and it can import for you. Then use Mozbackup to transfer it over to new PC -

Outlook 2007/2010/2013 is a little more tricky.

Do you also need to copy contacts or calender?
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a b 1 Email
April 28, 2014 2:57:22 PM

Or, if you have Office Pro, Outlook.
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a b $ Windows 7
April 28, 2014 3:00:06 PM

For recommendations I would also recommend Thunderbird. Highly configurable with all the add-ons available.

However - Windows Live Mail is based on Outlook Express so has many similarities. If you aren't too computer savvy it might be easier sticking to what you know.
April 29, 2014 2:03:48 PM

Thanks for the replies. I downloaded Thunderbird to the old computer, imported the O. Express info, and migrated that whole package to the new computer. Thanks a ton!